Health Literacy and Communication

ODPHP is dedicated to helping professionals communicate more clearly with consumers — it’s a key way of improving health and the quality of health care. We create, promote, and curate evidence-based health literacy and communication tools, practices, and research. Using our resources, professionals will find effective strategies for sharing health information in ways that consumers can understand and use.

News & Announcements

Help Patients Make Tough Decisions

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends lung cancer screening for older adults who are current or former heavy smokers and would be willing to have surgery if cancer were found. Screening can save lives, but is not risk free. In addition to exposure of radiation, 35.6% of those screened will have a false alarm and 1.8 percent will have a needless invasive procedure (e.g., a biopsy). As a primary care physician, you’ll want to help your patients make what may be a tough decision.

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Our Initiatives

Health Literacy Online

Do you want to create actionable, usable health websites and digital tools? Use the research-based guidelines in Health Literacy Online to develop effective products for all users, including those with limited literacy or health literacy skills.

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Health Literacy Workgroup

The workgroup is focused on educating people about the importance of health literacy and showing how it can improve outcomes, quality, and costs. Learn more about our work and our multi-sector initiative to improve health literacy.

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Health Literate Care Model

This model gives professionals a systems framework for incorporating health literacy strategies into all aspects of care.

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Healthy People Objectives

As part of Healthy People 2020, we helped establish measurable goals to improve health literacy, communication, and information technology.

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