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.

Prevention Is Still the Best Medicine

Health and Well-Being Matter. ODPHP Director RDML Paul Reed, MD.

Clinical preventive services (CPS) play an integral role in protecting and promoting individual health and the health of communities. Such services can help people recognize health problems early, when treatment often is most effective. CPS can also help prevent certain diseases altogether. However, despite the benefits, very few people in the United States receive all recommended preventive services and many access few. As public health professionals, we have a responsibility to not just deliver the message about the critical role that CPS play in supporting good health, but also work to expand CPS access in whatever ways we can.

February National Health Observances: Heart Health, Teen Dating Violence Awareness, Black HIV/AIDS Awareness, and Girls & Women in Sports

NHO Spotlight

Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that support our mission to improve health across the United States. In February, we’re raising awareness about heart health, teen dating violence, and Black HIV/AIDS. We’re also celebrating the influence of women and girls in sports...

January National Health Observance: Cervical Cancer Awareness

National Health Observances

Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that support our mission to improve health across the United States. In January, we’re raising awareness about the importance of screening for cervical cancer.We’ve listed some resources below that you can use to promote this NHO with your networks...