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March 10, 2008

Albany -- Southwest Georgia Health District leaders are using their web site to help fight health illiteracy.

They now have a link on the site that will help translate medical jargon you hear from doctors or pharmacists that you may not understand.

This link also provides patients with a list of questions to ask their doctors to make sure they understand directions they need to follow to improve their health.

"We know that individuals that have low health literacy typically don't do as well. They sometimes will have to stay in the hospital longer and won't be able to take care of themselves at home," said District Deputy Health Director, Brenda Greene.

Low health literacy has nothing to do with reading skills. It crosses age, ethnicity and education level.

To access the site go to www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org and click on the consumer for healthcare services tab. You can go directly to the it from here.

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