You are invited to attend a special webcast event hosted by the National
Institute for Literacy (NIFL): an interactive presentation about the Health
Literacy Component (HLC) of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy
(NAAL). The NAAL HLC is the first-ever national assessment designed
specifically to measure health literacy. This webcast event, targeted
especially toward the research community, will highlight key design
features, new types of data, and data uses.
Date: Tuesday, August 3, 1:30p.m. - 3:30p.m. EST
Where: Instruction on how to access the presentation will be provided on the
NIFL LINCS website at:
Presenters: Sheida White, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES),
Andrew Kolstad, NCES

Please RSVP by August 2 to Connie Harich via e-mail
Sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the 2003
NAAL assesses the literacy skills of a nationally representative sample of
about 18,000 American adults. Data collection has been completed, and
results will be released in summer 2005. The NAAL HLC provides a separate
health literacy score, based solely on health-related tasks. The health
literacy score will be compared with (1) NAAL's extensive data on background
variables, (2) performance on NAAL's general literacy tasks, and (3)
performance on a NAAL instrument that focuses on basic reading skills. The
2003 HLC data will provide a baseline for future assessments.
NAAL's general literacy tasks emphasize the use of everyday printed
materials to function in one's environment. The health-related tasks used
for the HLC focus on the following key aspect of health literacy:
--The ability to use printed and written information associated with
a broad range of health-related tasks to accomplish one's goals at home, in
the workplace, and in the community (including health care settings--

Developed in response to a request by the Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS), the HLC is designed to provide input for achieving Healthy
People 2010's goal of improving health literacy. HLC data can help guide
development of (1) programs to address deficiencies in health literacy and
(2) written health information tailored to the literacy strengths and
weaknesses of target audiences.

This special webcast presentation of the National Assessment of Adult
Literacy (NAAL) Health Literacy Component (HLC) is sponsored by The National
Institute for Literacy(NIFL).

Jaleh Behroozi Soroui
National LINCS Director
National Institute for Literacy
1775 I street, Suite 730
Washington DC, 20006
Phone: 202/233-2039
FAX:   202/233-2050