Health literacy is an important capacity to process health information in order to make appropriate health decisions. Health literacy is now a critical evidence-based intervention needed by everyone who must interface with health care system to obtain care, services, and treatment. Health literacy in Hawai‘i is evolving process of converging inter-related factors and skills.
Gloria Fernandez is Leeward Nursing Section Supervisor for the Department of Health’s Public Health Nursing Branch. She is the lead coordinator of the branch’s Health Literacy and Emergency Preparedness. Gloria has three degrees in nursing including BSN, MSN, and DNP. Gloria is active in professional services by serving as Vice Chair of Alignment Health and Wellness Committee, as Board member with Academy of Health and Sciences for Waipahu High School, and as Poverty Simulation Coordinator for Wai`anae.
1. Define health literacy and its skills to make appropriate health decisions.
2. Interpret the aspects of social determinants of health influencing health literacy.
3. Assess health literacy and its relationship to health equity and social justice.