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.

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Use Health Literacy Online to Improve the User Experience for Everyone

Up to half of all American adults have limited literacy skills, and as many as 9 in 10 have limited health literacy skills. Online health information can be tricky for users with low literacy skills to understand — and it presents a unique set of challenges for professionals who create online health content, too.…

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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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