Resources/Referral/Follow Up

Resources/Referral/Follow Up: Health Literacy in the Research Genetic Counseling Setting

“People hunger for experiential answers to the ultimate questions. They seek something that can be sensed in
the heart as well as known in the mind.”

May, G. (1982). Care of mind, care of spirit. New York: HarperCollins.

Thanks to Carrie Prochniak, Master’s candidate in Genetic Counseling at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, for her work as a contributing author for this case.

Expert Commentary by Jacqueline Avila, MPH, MS, CGC, Genetic Disease Screening Program, Richmond, CA Learning


By the end of this case, genetic counselors will be able to:

  1.  Discuss three ways to address the needs of research participants with limited English proficiency or low health literacy.

  2.  Identify three factors that contribute to health disparities experienced by immigrants.

  3.  Know where to obtain professional recommendations about counseling consanguineous clients.

  4.  Identify five characteristics of patient education materials written in “plain language.”








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