Health Literacy

Medical concepts and language are very complex. People need easily understandable health information regardless of age, background or reading level. Health literacy skills help people find information and services and communicate about health and healthcare.


Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2nd Edition
Helps to reduce the complexity of health care, increase understanding of health information, and enhance support for all health literacy levels (U.S Department of Health and Human Services 7s/2019).


Clear Communication Index Index
A research-based tool to help you develop and assess public communication materials. (CDC, 11/2015)


Gateway to Health Communication and Social Marketing- Provides tools and templates to help build your health communication or social marketing campaigns and programs (CDC, 7/2019).


Health Literacy Information Page-Provides an overview, literacy tests, planning, and training resources (CDC, 4/2019).


Health Literacy Schools Page
Offers ealth care providers and educator resources to provide and respond to children’s and family health information and communication needs. (CDC 5/2018)


MedlinePlus Connect
Free service that allows health organizations and IT providers to link patient portals and electronic health record (EHR) systems to information from MedlinePlus (, the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) consumer health Web site. 


National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
Contains seven goals to improve health literacy and strategies for achieving them (U.S.Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, (CDC,7/2019)


News Literacy Project
National education nonprofit offering nonpartisan, independent programs that teach students how to know what to believe in the digital age. It has an educator site and student virtual check site called Checkology.


Say Ah!
Provides resources for best practices, through research, training and consulting. They have a page dedicated to health professionals and teachers.



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Health Information Technology and Health Data Standards NLM is the central coordinating body for clinical terminology standards within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).


Page updated 1/17/2021 7:28 AM