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.

News & Announcements

Happy, Healthy New Year from health.gov!

As the new year begins, many people are focused on healthier choices — and they may turn to health professionals like you for guidance. This year, let health.gov help you guide the way toward better health.

Healthy Eating

Looking for nutrition information to guide your patients’ food choices in 2020? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans Toolkit for Professionals has all kinds of materials designed to help you share information from the current Dietary Guidelines with your patients, clients, and peers.…
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Check out all blog posts about health literacy and communication.

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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