How to Understand and Implement Health Literacy

Course No.
No Charge

1.75 Nursing Contact Hours; 2.0 CHES Category I CECH; Certificate of Completion

Nickell Dixon, DrPh, MPH

Dr. Nickell Dixon has been a public health professional for over five years in various areas including health literacy, reproductive and sexual health, cancer, and cerebral palsy. She possesses a DrPh in Community Health with a minor in Behavioral Health and Health Policy from the University of Texas. Her research is focused on women’s reproductive and sexual health, with particular emphasis on certain reproductive issues in Black women, specifically the areas of uterine fibroids and infertility.

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Course Details

Who Should View this Training

Public health and health care providers such as physicians, nurses, health educators, and others who interact with patients or clients. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize health literacy as a health equity issue (CHES Area of Responsibility 2.3.4, 2.3.5)
  • Describe three communication strategies you can apply in your daily work (7.1.2, 7.1.3)
  • Identify organizational-level strategies to address health literacy (7.3.6)

Continuing Education Credit

1.75 Nursing Contact Hours

2.0 CHES Category I CECH

Certificate of Completion

The Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nursing contact hours expire December 31, 2018.

The Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, MI0094, is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. through December 31, 2016.

Requirements for Successful Completion

  • Register for this training
  • Sign in and view the course
  • Complete the evaluation
  • Pass the post-quiz (75%+)

Planning Committee

Nickell Dixon, DrPh, MPH; Phoebe Goldberg, MPH, CHES; Frederique Laubepin, PhD; Julie McCallum, MPH, BSN, RN; Deborah Bach-Stante, RN, MPH; Sheryl Weir, MPH; Melissa Valerio, PhD, MPH; K’Lynn Thomas

Conflict of Interest

All instructors have reported no conflicts of interest related to this activity. All activity planners have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.


This activity is co-provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Michigan Public Health Training Center, which is a part of the Region V Great Lakes Public Health Training Collaborative. 

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP27881 Region V Public Health Training Collaborative (total award amount $884,366). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

Technical Information

This course was created using Articulate Storyline 2. See the Viewing Content section of the Articulate website for technical requirements:

Did you know that over 70 million American adults have basic or below basic health literacy skills? Limited health literacy can affect even those with strong literacy skills when faced with unfamiliar medical terms. Health literacy is a key health equity factor for individual providers and their organizations to address.

This training provides an overview of health literacy concepts, impacts, and tools for health care and public health professionals.