What is Health Literacy?

Health care providers, educators, and insurance providers can help improve health outcomes by improving communication. Information needs to be clear and easy to understand, and there needs to be a process to confirm understanding.

Health literacy allows a person in a health-related context to find, understand, evaluate, communicate, and use information.

Health literacy is not just the ability to read. It involves reading, listening, writing, numeracy, the ability to ask questions and to make decisions. 

Why is it important?

Health literacy can be a stronger predictor of a person's health than age, income, or education.

It affects the ability to care for oneself, to navigate the system, to fill out forms, and to share information.

For more information:

More health literacy resources
Links to Health Literacy organizations in other states.

Here is a link to a flyer to help raise awareness about health literacy.


(last updated October 1, 2016)

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND EDUCATORS