Marissa Lopez

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Honors Thesis


Health literacy is defined as the cognitive and social skills that determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand, and use information in ways that promote and maintain good health. Many studies have identified that there is a problem with health literacy among Hispanics in the United States. This research thesis explores why health literacy is a problem, the history of social work’s role in health literacy, the Hispanic health literacy problem, social work’s role in addressing it, and what health literacy looks like in a Hispanic country.

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