HCISD and Valley Baptist Medical Center partner to host Health Literacy Symposium

Members of the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District and Valley Baptist Medical Center gathered to promote the health and wellness of the lower Rio Grande Valley.

HCISD and Valley Baptist have partnered to host the Health Literacy Symposium on Oct. 10. The symposium was designed as a forum to discuss and develop strategies to combat low health literacy.

Health literacy refers to an individuals’ ability to make knowledgeable decisions and understand materials related to health issues.

“HCISD is proud to announce our partnership with Valley Baptist in working to better our community, ” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Flores. “It is imperative to possess the skill of literacy in the understanding of health literacy. Today reflects on a call for action, by creating a collaborative impact we are aligning the opportunity to address this pressing issue in our community.”

The variables that affect health literacy were presented, and the symposium concluded with a collective reflection of what actions should proceed.

“We know collectively we are stronger, wiser and more experienced,” said Manny Vela, CEO of Valley Baptist. “When united, the chances of helping our community address these issues are exponentially increased.”

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