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Leaders in Health Literacy Recognized by the Partnership for Clear Health Communication at the National Patient Safety Foundation
Date:5/22/2009

WASHINGTON, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Partnership for Clear Health Communication at the National Patient Safety Foundation today announced the recipients of the prestigious Pfizer Health Literacy in Advancing Patient Safety Award. Honored for their innovative and influential efforts in the Health Literacy field were Dr. Michael Wolf, Director of the Center for Communication in Healthcare at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and Dr. Rima Rudd, Senior Lecturer on Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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This award, established in 2008 and made possible through a generous grant from Pfizer, Inc., was established to recognize the critical importance of health literacy to advancing patient safety and quality of care, and to acknowledge those on the forefront of this essential work.

Dr. Wolf's impressive efforts as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Learning Sciences and Co-Founder of the Health Literacy and Learning program at Northwestern has helped to bring health literacy and patient safety to the forefront of research and policy, most particularly in the area of medication safety. "Driven by a fundamental desire to keep patients safe and improve the quality of care, Michael Wolf brings vision, innovation, and real-world solutions to the field of health literacy," said Diane Pinakiewicz, President of the National Patient Safety Foundation.

He is recognized throughout healthcare as a leader in seeking improvement in the quality of consumer medication information among low literacy patient populations and is currently leading the way with colleagues in setting universal standards in how medication instructions are written.

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