Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–757.04. Duties of the Health Literacy Council.

(a) The Health Literacy Council shall:

(1) Meet at least quarterly;

(2) Create and operate under its own rules of procedure;

(3) Develop a plan to be submitted to the Mayor and the Council within 6 months after March 6, 2018, for the coordination of the District's health literacy efforts; and

(4) Submit to the Mayor and the Council an annual report and recommendations on the health literacy status of the District, with the first health literacy report and recommendations, to be delivered within 12 months of March 6, 2018.

(b) In the first annual health literacy report required by subsection (a)(4) of this section, the Health Literacy Council shall endeavor to address, among other issues:

(1) Matters related to District residents' health care consumer rights;

(2) Access to health care education and health literacy levels;

(3) An evaluation of current health literacy level in the District and defined metrics to measure health literacy improvement over time;

(4) An assessment of the funding and resources necessary to support health education, care coordination services, and the explanation of health literacy initiatives; and

(5) An assessment on how to reduce health disparities through health literacy, and plans to meet the health literacy needs of older adults, residents with disabilities, residents with English as a second language, residents with minimal Internet access, and residents applying for health care for the first time.