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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- When it comes to your health, what you don't know can hurt you.

An estimated 286,000 Arkansans have low health literacy making it a challenge for them to navigate the health care system.

Dr. Kristie Hadden from UAMS shared more on "THV 11 This Morning".

Health literacy is a person's ability to obtain, process understand and communicate about health-related information needed to make informed health decisions.

The UAMS Center for Health Literacy wants to improve health outcomes and population health. They plan to increase health literacy among Arkansans by providing plain language services for providers, health systems, insurance industry, communities, etc.

They also want to promote health literacy best practices for providers, organizers and systems, develop tools to help patients and communities to better understand health information, medical instructions, prescriptions, etc.

Also through research to better understand how health literacy contributes to health outcomes and how to improve it.

Find out more about health literacy by visiting uams.edu

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