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The Health Care Improvement Foundation has been awarded a major grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to improve cardiovascular (CVD) health literacy and health in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Over the next two and a half years, HCIF, in partnership with Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital, will lead a regional multi-stakeholder coalition aimed at enhancing health care providers’ capacity to address literacy needs and foster improved understanding of CVD health information by adults aged 50 and older.

 To enhance providers’ effectiveness in educating their patients, the coalition will assess the quality and content of communications across the continuum of CVD care. SEPA-READS will be based on existing health literacy expert findings and best practices, including national standards; established chronic care models; communication techniques such as teach back, plain English, and Ask Me 3; and the American Medical Association’s train-the-trainer program for health literacy.
 
SEPA-READS connects with the PAVE Project to improve care transitions and reduce readmissions. It also appeals to PAVE participants working on improving patient engagement at discharge.
 
For more information, please contact Susan Cosgrove, MPA, HCIF's Project Manager, at scosgrove@hcifonline.org or 215.575.3746.