IMPROVING HEALTHCARE PERFORMANCE, OUTCOMES, AND IMPACTS
Health Literacy | Plain Language | Cultural Competence
The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public benefit charity that empowers programs, professionals, and patients to achieve better economic, clinical, and humanistic outcomes (ECHOs).
Targeting social determinants of health (SD0Hs) and other systemic barriers to patient empowerment, IHA helps healthcare breakthroughs and best practices (e.g., cutting edge drugs, devices, and healthcare delivery strategies) get better real-world results (RWRs) by promoting
- health literacy,
- plain language communications, and
- cultural competence.
Within the healthcare, education, and social-services sectors, IHA is best known for creating patient-empowering content, convenings, and commercialization methods at the level of
- community care,
- healthcare, and
IHA’s ultimate goals are to
- ensure patients understand how to benefit from the U.S. healthcare system and appropriate healthcare products, services, and solutions;
- remove systemic barriers to health equity; and
- enhance the well-being, productive capacity, and socioeconomic status of individuals, organizations, and communities worldwide.
IHA’s empowering mission, vision, and objectives align with the health initiatives of global and national thought-leaders, including the following:
- International Standards Organization (ISO) Guidance on Social Responsibility (ISO 26000),
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SDG #3: Health
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Asian Health Literacy Association
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
- Health Literacy Europe
- U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
- AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit
- AHRQ National Resource Center for Health IT Accessible Health Information Technology (IT) for Populations with Limited Literacy
- AHRQ Online Training: Unified Health Communication 101: Addressing Health Literacy, Cultural Competency, and Limited English Proficiency
- Indian Health Service (IHA)
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