Category Archives: Health

What Is Health Literacy?

NMiF: health literacy

November 17, 2017 – Have you ever walked out of a doctor’s appointment not knowing what you just heard? If yes, you’re not alone.

Health literacy is the ability to understand and interpret information related to health. Most people do not have a high level of health literacy, which can lead to misunderstandings about instructions from health providers and even dangerous outcomes in a health crisis.

Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down this week with a nurse and health literacy coordinator to talk about steps that can be taken to ensure more patients in New Mexico are getting the information they need to address their health concerns.

Kathryn M. Anderson, senior health literacy specialist at UNMH
Lisa Lostetter, nurse and lactation specialist


Re-connecting With A Healthy Lifestyle: Replacing Soda With Water

NMiF: Healthy Lifestyle

November 3, 2017 – One way to address high obesity rates in Native American communities is to encourage families to drink less soda and more water. The STAR school near Leupp, Arizona is offering several incentives for students to swap out water for sugar-sweetened beverages. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales and producer Sarah Gustavus traveled to the Navajo Nation recently to examine how a lack of access to water in many homes influences beverage choices and what might be done to increase water consumption among young people.

This series was produced with support from the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and the Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism in collaboration with National Native News.