Founder of Health Information Literacy Month in 1999, Helen Osborne has been on the pioneering front lines of health literacy awareness and promotion. Helen’s passion for health literacy evolved from her experiences as an psychiatric occupational therapist, as department manager and chair of a hospital-wide patient education committee, and, most importantly, as a patient.
Helen is currently president of Health Literacy Consulting where she has worked for the past 16 years with numerous organizations to develop health literacy communication strategies most effective for improving the quality of life of employees, patients and their families facing health challenges.
The author of many books and awards, Helen Osborne’s passion for clear health communication, health information, and health literacy practice underscores the importance of integrating information literacy within our overall national teaching and learning infrastructure.
Helen’s outstanding leadership in this burgeoning healthcare field reflects the on-going interconnectedness between health, quality information, and the efficacy of healthcare practice, not only among patients, but all spectrum of practitioners as well.
For information literacy is the baseline skill set needed by every American in the 21st century to manage effectively the myriad of information and communication technology challenges we face daily that constantly impact our overall quality of life.