Health Literacy Improvement


Health Literacy Improvement


This Web site provides health literacy tools, Government resources, research, and reports to help improve materials so individuals can better obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.

Tools include:

  • Sample action plan to improve health literacy
  • Quick guide to health literacy
  • Quick guide to health literacy and older adults
  • Toolkit for trainers: Teaching older adults how to find health information on the Internet
  • PowerPoint slides
  • Health literacy chapter in Communicating Health: Priorities and Strategies for Progress

Government resources include:

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Literacy and Cultural Competency Web site
  • Health Resources and Services Administration Health Literacy Web page
  • National Institutes of Health Health Literacy Web sites
  • Office of Minority Health: Think Cultural Health
  • Plain Language Web site
  • Usability Web site
  • National Agricultural Library: Health Literacy Resource List for Educators, March 2007

Reports and research include:

  • Health Literacy Town Hall Meeting Notes (2007-2008)
  • Proceedings of the Surgeon General’s Workshop on Improving Health Literacy (2006)
  • Prevention Report: Focus on Health Literacy (2005)
  • Plain Language: A Promising Strategy for Clearly Communicating Health Information and Improving Health Literacy (2005)
  • Literacy and Health Outcomes (AHRQ) (2004)
  • A Prescription to End Confusion (Institute of Medicine) (2004)
  • The Health Literacy of America’s Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy
  • The Invisible Barrier: Literacy and Its Relationship with Oral Health
  • Healthy People 2010 Chapter 11, Health Communication (2000)


Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (HHS)

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Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (HHS)


Release Date: 2008
Original Summary: June 2008
Last Updated: 12/22/08

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