Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Charles D. Baker

Whereas The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is committed to improving health outcomes for all citizens; and

Whereas Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, communicate, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions; and

Whereas Individuals who are health literate are empowered to manage their health care thereby enhancing the likelihood of a positive health outcome; and

Whereas Nearly nine out of ten adults have difficulty using the everyday health information that is routinely available in our health care facilities, retail outlets, media, and communities; and  

Whereas Patients with low literacy are as much as three times more likely to experience poor health outcomes; and

Whereas Numerous residents suffer from chronic ailments that require health literacy skills to manage, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and asthma; and

Whereas The Commonwealth is comprised of health care professionals, social service providers, governmental agencies and concerned citizens, all of whom recognize that improved health literacy is a shared responsibility between providers and consumers of health care; and

Whereas It is important to undertake a Health Literacy Initiative for the benefit of the residents of its service area, in order to empower members of vulnerable populations and eliminate health disparities; and

Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2016, to be,



And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take
cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this first day of July, in the year two thousand and sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

By His Excellency               

Charles D. Baker
Governor of the Commonwealth

Karyn E. Polito
Lt. Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts