The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative (SAHLI) was established in 2005 with the goal of improving and promoting initiatives that increase the health literacy of our most vulnerable residents, the economically poor, older adults, residents with limited education, youth, and residents who are homeless, and those with limited access to health care.  The SAHLI membership is open to anyone who is interested in helping increase individuals’health literacy, and to health care institutions that accept the challenge of meeting the Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations presented by the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine.

Health Equity is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as everyone’s opportunity to be as healthy as possible.  Health disparities, on the other hand, are differences in health outcomes and their causes among groups of people.

Health Literacy is defined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2010, Title V, as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.  The CDC adds that organizational health literacy is what the organization and professionals do to help people:




Decide on health information and services


The theme of this year’s conference “Promoting Health Equity through Health Literacy”is an opportunity for educators, healthcare providers, and community partners to discuss how various health literacy efforts in different settings and with different populations have the potential to reduce and eliminate health disparities. The map below estimates the significant needs in health literacy for Texas.


Health Literacy Data Map

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


National Health Literacy Mapping to Inform Health Care Policy (2014). Health Literacy Data Map. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 16, 2018, from

Research and Programs Topic Options: The conference planning committee is seeking a broad array of presentations that address health literacy and its relationship to health equity.   Academic research as well as frontline community programs will be considered. Some topics to explore include:

  • Social Determinants of Health relationship/interaction with health literacy

  • Social Media-What role does it play?

  • Organizational commitment to health literacy

  • Policy development and the promotion of health literacy

  • Community engagement and health literacy

  • Health literacy data/measuring outcomes

  • Financial benefits/Cost benefit analysis of health literacy programs

  • Or other related topics

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