About the Author

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Kate Singleton, MSW, LCSW, is a health literacy consultant to the adult education, social work, and health care fields. She is an experienced presenter and author on health literacy for all three fields. In adult education, Kate has taught, written curricula, and trained teachers for ABE and ESOL for fifteen years in northern Virginia and Maryland. She specializes in the health literacy instructional needs of adult ESOL learners and is the creator of the well-regarded Picture Stories for Adult ESL Health Literacy (2001, 2003) and the Virginia Adult Education Health Literacy Toolkit (2003).

Kate's interest in health literacy was initially nurtured by the acute health care needs she noticed among beginning ESOL learners. To better understand how to help limited English proficient people address health care issues, she pursued a Master of Social Work degree (received from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004). Her clinical social work experiences have spanned both physical and mental health arenas, including traumatic illness and injury, end-of-life care, HIV services, addictions, and emergency psychiatric evaluation. She has worked as an emergency department and trauma social worker for seven years at the Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA

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