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.

Health and Well-Being Begin with Health Literacy

Access to easy-to-understand, relatable, and actionable information encourages individuals to be proactive in seeking to improve and maintain their health. However, too often, information that could benefit people is overly complex, unavailable in languages other than English, or not relevant to an individual’s unique perspective and needs. While striving to be healthy and understanding what it takes to be healthy are not the same thing, the root of healthy living is an adequate baseline of usable knowledge – what we refer to as health literacy. Improving our mindfulness of this, as health professionals and lay persons, is a good start toward more effective communication and perhaps better health and well-being.

October National Health Observances: Health Literacy, Breast Cancer, and Health Care Quality!

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Each month we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our mission to improve health across the United States. In October we’re raising awareness about health literacy, breast cancer, and health care quality.

September National Health Observances: Healthy Aging, Food Safety and Education, Substance Use Recovery, and More!

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Each month we feature select National Health Observances (NHOs) that align with our priorities for improving health across the nation. In September we’re raising awareness about healthy aging, food safety, childhood obesity, and substance use recovery.