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.

October National Health Observances: Health Literacy, Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence, and more

National Health Observances

Each month we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that support our mission to improve health across the United States. In October, we’re raising awareness about health literacy, breast cancer, domestic violence, and youth sports.

September National Health Observances: Healthy Aging, Substance Use Recovery, Food Safety, and more

National Health Observances

Each month, we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that highlight important health issues affecting the nation. In September we’re raising awareness about healthy aging, substance use recovery, food safety, and childhood obesity.

An Ounce of Prevention … Can Save a Person’s Life

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New treatments and scientific breakthroughs that lead to cures characterize modern medicine. But as exciting and beneficial as many of these innovations are, none compares to the power of prevention. In addition to getting enough physical activity, ensuring healthy eating, and maintaining mental health, a fourth essential — and often overlooked — element in any comprehensive wellness strategy is keeping up with clinical preventive services.