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Health Literacy

This guide provides an overview on the topic of Health Literacy, resources and tools that can be used to assess, improve, or manage health literacy, and key scholarly sources in the areas of health literacy, patient education, and communication.

Understanding Health Literacy

As part of Healthy People 2030, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) divided health literacy into:

  • Personal health literacy
  • Organizational health literacy

Personal healthy literacy is "the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others" (What is Health Literacy? (2020, September 17). Retrieved September 30, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/learn/index.html). Whereas, organizational healthy literacy focuses on equitably enabling the individual.

Clinicians have a role to play as individuals and as part of various organizations.

Toolkit for Clinicians

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