Health Literacy and Its Impact on Health and Wellness

1.25 Training Contact Hours

In this module you will be given information that will help you understand the state of literacy in the U.S.; explore the meaning of health literacy and its ramifications for individuals, families, and communities; and become familiar with strategies and resources that will help people access and understand information that will improve their health and wellness.


Jeffrey A. Fantine, Ph.D.

Jeffrey A. Fantine, Ph.D., has been in the field of adult education and literacy for nearly 30 years. He is currently working as a consultant providing technical assistance to states and organizations across the country focusing on implementing career pathways strategies and improving workforce and professional development systems, as well as developing and delivering various types of training for administrators and instructors, specifically serving low-literate populations. Prior to becoming a consultant, he served as a Senior Project Director for two national projects: Designing Instruction for Career Pathways and Points of Re-entry for Low-Skilled Ex-Offenders, funded by the Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education. 

In addition, Dr. Fantine was the State Director of Adult Education and Family Literacy at the Maine Department of Education; the Director of the Center for the Study and Development of Literacy and Language at Ohio University, a resource center that provided professional development to Ohio's Adult Basic and Literacy Education system; and a director of a local adult education program.  His passion is helping service providers improve services for adults with low-literacy, learning disabilities and other special learning needs.  Fantine served two terms as the Vice President of the Commission on Adult Basic Education, and is currently on the Executive Boards of the National Coalition for Literacy and the Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers. 


  1. Understand literacy in the U.S.
  2. Understand the impact of low-literacy for individuals, families and communities.
  3. Identify strategies and resources for improving health literacy.
  4. Identify strategies to help residents access and understand information.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 100%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.