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Health Literacy

Health Literacy

We will strive to ensure everyone has the ability to access, interpret, and action information to think critically and make decisions about their health.

  • WHAT IF you could harness the power of information to make better decisions for your own health, the health of your loved ones, and the health of your community?
  • WHAT IF being overwhelmed by complex or contradictory information was not a barrier to conquering your disease?
  • WHAT IF you and your family could anticipate and prepare for every step you might need to take in the healthcare system, even before you get sick? 
  • WHAT IF you were able to make informed decisions throughout your health journey?

Patient agency begins with helping communities and individuals increase their knowledge of health and the healthcare system, which is at the core of what health literacy means to Soaring with Roche

We need to pay attention to the way people access and process health information, and how they apply or use that information to make health-related decisions. It is only with this broader view that we will be able to build an optimal healthcare system. 

We often hear examples about how people struggle with navigating the healthcare system and disengage from it. As a result, their health suffers.

We recognize there is an urgent need for people to become more independent in managing their own health and wellness. Soaring with Roche has the bold aspiration to promote health literacy as a life skill so that everyone can take control of their health and become active members of a healthier community.

Among the five challenges that Soaring with Roche is committed to solving, Health Literacy is the first step to owning one’s health journey. By taking a holistic approach to promoting health system literacy, data literacy, and general health literacy, we aim to empower people and give them agency to make better choices for their health. 

We have seen how varying levels of trust between people and health systems, insufficient awareness, and fragmented, misleading information can lead to confusion and inconsistent health education. Without the appropriate information at the right time, people are not able to make informed decisions about their health. As a result, helpful resources are often underutilized, making it difficult to detect when misleading or missing information might negatively impact health decisions.

We are committed to exposing the inequalities that exist in health literacy, which impact everyone in our community. To close this gap, Soaring with Roche will be exploring pilots that serve to reduce knowledge disparities between rural and urban areas, educate and inform our youth, target people with early symptoms and/or who are at high-risk to support them in identifying the right questions to ask, equip our caregivers, help our disadvantaged communities, upskill healthcare professionals, and aid policy and decision makers. 

Stay connected through the newsletter to learn more about how you can be a part of the pilots as they are planned and launched.

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Effective September 20, 2022, the Soaring with Roche program has been closed. 


At Roche, we believe collaboration is critical to tackling the healthcare challenges of today and tomorrow. But we acknowledge there are times when others may be better positioned to champion or lead the initiatives that we, too, believe in. We also recognize that we need to channel both our human and financial resources to where they will have the greatest impact.

We are grateful for the partnerships we’ve formed through the Soaring with Roche program as well as all we have learned. We carry those learnings forward to other projects and remain inspired by the community’s commitment to better healthcare and to a system that is ready for the innovation of the future. Roche Canada’s commitment to the future of healthcare does not waver – it is being redirected. 


Thank you for your interest. We are eager to continue our work together through other projects and opportunities.