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Use this guide to locate resources pertaining to health literacy, cultural and linguistic competency, and Latino health.
Last Updated: Jul 7, 2014 URL: Print Guide

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Overview of Health Literacy

Health literacy is the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. 

- Healthy People 2010

  • About Health Literacy
    Defines health literacy, discusses its prevalence and outlines how health professionals can help.
  • Health Communication, Health Literacy and e-Health
    Key tools, research and reports, and resources from the Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion.
  • Health Literacy
    Overview of health literacy, including research findings and the economic impact of low health literacy.
  • MedlinePlus Health Literacy
    Provides links to information about health literacy, including clinical trials, journal articles and glossaries.
  • NIH Health Literacy
    Answers common questions about health literacy and provides links to helpful reports and Websites.
  • Quick Guide to Health Literacy
    Overview of health literacy concepts, techniques for improving health literacy and suggestions for addressing health literacy in your organization.

Health Literacy Initiatives & Groups

  • Ask Me 3
    A program to promote communication between health care providers and patients in order to improve health outcomes.
  • Clear Communication
    Focuses on providing information that is accessible to specific audiences based on cultural competence and incorporating plain language approaches and new technologies.
  • Clear Health Communication Initiative
    An initiative from Pfizer to teach health care providers, public health professionals and public policy makers about the importance of clear communication in the health care delivery system.
  • Health Literacy Consulting
    Helps organizations communicate health information in ways that patients, families, and employees can understand.
  • Health Literacy Studies
    The Health Literacy Studies at Harvard is engaged in a variety of research efforts focused on communication and literacy skills.
  • NC Program on Health Literacy
    The group’s goal is to further health literacy collaborations among university disciplines to improve health outcomes.
  • Program for Readability In Science & Medicine (PRISM)
    Initiative to improve the readability of consent forms and other print materials used in communication with study participants.
  • Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy
    Brings together leaders from academia, industry, government, foundations and associations, and representatives of patient and consumer interests who have an interest and role in improving health literacy.
  • National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
    Seeks to engage organizations, professionals, policymakers, communities, individuals, and families in a linked, multisector effort to improve health literacy.

Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020

Healthy People 2020


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