Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Read For Health?
A. Read For Health is the Florida Department of Health's reading and literacy promotion
Q. How does Read For Health work?
A. Read For Health is the “umbrella” under which Department sites participate in reading and
literacy promotion activities best suited for their communities.
Q. Why Read For Health?
A. Studies have shown that thousands of people in the United States have their healthcare
compromised by low literacy and poor understanding of health maintenance. Read For Health
is based upon the well-founded basis that reading skills are linked with being healthy and
successful and is another means of helping the Department fulfill it's mission to promote
and protect the health and safety of all people in Florida through the delivery of quality
public health services and the promotion of health care standards.
Q. Who benefits from Read For Health?
A. Read For Health is for all customers of the Department of Health.
Q. Where can I find a children's literacy or after school program?
A. Your local library is always a good place to start when looking for programs and
activities available in your area.
Q. What are some tips for reading aloud as a family?
Get your whole family to read the same book.
Get your family reading books about the same topics.
Write about your family's reading adventures.
Expand your readings to include family and friends from far away.
Q. Where can I find help with reading and writing for adults?
A. There are various adult literacy programs active throughout the state. Contact
information for Regional Adult Literacy Centers is available on this website, or you
may contact the Florida Literacy Referral Center at 1-800-237- 5113.
Q. How does Read For Health relate to Just Read Florida?
A. Read For Health has early reading for children as the primary focus, which helps to
Just Read, Florida! Just Read, Florida! is the Governor's Initiative to have every Florida
student reading at or above their grade level by the Year 2012.