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Health literacy resources

Why keep quality health literacy resources behind closed doors? Here we share some essentials.

Health literacy 101

A few resources to help get you started, understand what health literacy is, and connect you to more resources.

What is health literacy?

What is health literacy?


Learn about the challenges people face when it comes to clear communication and how it helps improve health and wellbeing.

Health literacy basics

Health literacy basics


Learn about the the basics of health literacy and numeracy, find trainings and education, and access additional resources.

Health literacy 101

Health literacy deep dives

Tried and true resources to give you a deeper understanding of health literacy.

Considerations for a New Definition of Health Literacy

The field of health literacy has evolved over the decades. The authors have come to a greater appreciation that health literacy is multidimensional.

National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

A plan, released by the US Department of Health & Human Services, that includes seven broad goals with multiple high level strategies for various stakeholders and provides a focal point for the field.

Roundtable on Health Literacy

A plan, released by the US Department of Health & Human Services, that includes broad goals and strategies, and provides a focal point for the field.

International Handbook of Health literacy

Particularly over the past decade, health literacy has globally become a major public health concern. This captures and addresses health literacy as a social dimension of health.

Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills

Considered an essential health literacy text written by the founders of health literacy themselves, Leonard and Ceci Doak, this book explores health literacy from theory to practice

The Calgary Charter on Health Literacy Scale

We set out to test a theory-based measure of health literacy. To do so, we included the newly developed Calgary Charter on Health Literacy scale.

Health literacy deep dives

Approaches & strategies

Approaches, strategies, and interventions for to promote clear communication and improved health.

A website created by the Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) to promote plain language and the use of clear communication between the government and its citizens, because it not only save money, but provides better service.

Strategies to Enhance Numeracy Skills

This paper provides guiding principles for communicating numbers in a clear, simple way. These principles can be used by anyone in the health industry present data and numbers clearly.

AHRQ Universal Precautions Toolkit

A toolkit developed to help primary care practices reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels.

Community-Based Health Literacy Interventions

The Roundtable on Health Literacy hosted a one-day public workshop that featured moderated panels, invited presentations, and discussions of community-based health literacy interventions.

Approaches & strategies
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