Athena Ramos

Senior Researcher, University of Nebraska Medical Center

1 active project

Health literacy

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) defines health literacy as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions." Health literacy is an important determinant of…

Scientific Questions Being Studied

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) defines health literacy as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions." Health literacy is an important determinant of health and well-being. People with low health literacy may have challenges in accessing healthcare services; understanding health information and risk probability; completing health-related forms and assessments; and managing health conditions.

We are interested in exploring health literacy among Latinos. We want to answer the following questions:
1. How does health literacy among Latinos in the United States differ by personal factors (i.e., age, nativity, education, primary language), geographic, and social factors?
2. How is health literacy associated with self-rated health, quality of life, and healthcare experiences among Latinos?

Project Purpose(s)

  • Population Health
  • Social / Behavioral

Scientific Approaches

We plan to use data from the All of Us surveys to explore the variables of interest and use bivariate and multivariate analysis techniques.

Anticipated Findings

We hope that by answering our reserach questions, we will be to better understand health literacy differs among Latino subgroups and how it is associated with perceptions of health and well-being. We anticipate that Latinos who are older, report lower formal education, and have limited English proficiency will have lower health literacy. Further, we anticipate that those with lower health literacy will report poorer experiences with the healthcare system, but they may continue to rate their health and quality of life high. This type of information may help public health practitioners to develop, promote, and disseminate health literacy interventions. It may also help healthcare providers, healthcare institutions, and public health authorities to reflect on their practices and policies related to health literacy, patient experiences, and community engagement.

Demographic Categories of Interest

  • Race / Ethnicity
  • Age
  • Geography
  • Education Level

Research Team

Owner:

  • Athena Ramos - Senior Researcher, University of Nebraska Medical Center
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