HOW CAN WE BEND THE HEALTH CARE COST CURVE WHILE INCREASING THE WELLNESS AND RECOVERY OF THOSE WE SERVE? HEATH LITERACY AND ACTIVATION IS ONE PART OF THE ANSWER.
According to Healthy People 2010, an individual is considered to be “health literate” when he or she possesses the skills to understand information and services and use them to make appropriate decisions about health. Lack of health literacy is estimated to cost $106-$236 billion annually. Activation goes beyond seeing a health care provider and understanding how to promote recovery; it’s the art and science of taking action on the information you have been given. It’s doing the things necessary to move toward recovery and wellness.
The 2015 ACHMA Summit explores this topic from several angles. What can we learn from the “physical health” community on this topic? What about technology – is it helping or hurting? How can we take a community approach? What does the research tell us? What does it mean to approach this in a culturally competent or at least sensitive manner? What can we learn from the positive psychology movement?