Health Literacy

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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Health Literacy in Action: ODPHP’s Pathways to Safer Opioid Use Interactive Training

In recognition of National Health Literacy Month, we’re highlighting a resource for health care providers that uses strategies for improving health literacy to promote safe use of medication in order to prevent adverse drug events (ADEs). Health literacy is the degree to which a person has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. A person’s health literacy influences the way they access and use health information and services.

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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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