Health literacy and clear communication between health professionals and patients are key to improving health and the quality of health care. We create, promote, and curate evidence-based health literacy and communication tools, practices, and research for health professionals. Use our resources to find effective strategies for sharing health information in ways that people can understand and use.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is fortunate to have an active health literacy workgroup that represents over a dozen agencies. Its mission is to advance health literacy across our department. HHS currently defines health literacy as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions.…
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.
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.
This model gives professionals a systems framework for incorporating health literacy strategies into all aspects of care.
As part of Healthy People 2020, we helped establish measurable goals to improve health literacy, communication, and information technology.