ABC Health Matters empowers Canadians to manage their health more effectively by increasing their confidence when talking about and making decisions regarding health issues with family, friends and health professionals. Through the program, adults develop a deeper understanding of how to advocate for their and their family’s health and better understand how to access health care.
The program is structured around a three-hour workbook-based workshop. The workbooks can also be used by individuals at home.
Get the FREE Workbooks
Sign up below to get the ABC Health Matters workbooks. Once you have submitted your information, you will be directed to a page where you can download the workbooks. We will also be sending you an email with the link to the download page – be sure to keep the email so you can download the workbooks in the future.
Health Literacy in Canada
- 23% of Canadians find it “fairly difficult” or “very difficult” to find outwhere to get professional help when they are ill, and 54% find it “fairly difficult” or “very difficult” to judge when to seek a second opinion from another doctor (Consumer Health Products Canada, 2017).
- 60% of adults in Canada are unable to obtain, understand and act upon health information and services and to make appropriate health decisions on their own. Seniors, immigrants and unemployed people have, on average, lower levels of health literacy skills (Health Literacy in Canada: A Healthy Understanding – Canadian Council on Learning, 2008).
Resources for Health Care Providers:
Communicating with Patients with Low Health Literacy
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“We liked how the booklet was easy to follow and included many different activities. We also appreciated the simplicity of the workbooks.” – Practitioner
“I had a great time helping to facilitate the workshop. The attendees were happy with the content and the workshop progressed very smoothly. Very happy to have taken part!” – Facilitator
“[I would recommend this program] because this is basic information that everyone should know.” – Participant