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

Action Planning: Breaking Down Health Goals into Manageable Steps

Ever have a patient who knows he needs to lose weight, but the amount of weight is so daunting that he doesn’t know how to get started? Or a patient with high cholesterol who is having trouble making lifestyle changes that would reduce her risk of a cardiovascular event? If so, you might want to start making action plans with your patients.

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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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