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Health Literacy Resources

Quick Guide to Health Literacy http://www.health.gov/communication/literacy/quickguide/factsbasic.htm

  • Created by the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Provides a great overview of health literacy and distinguishes it from literacy
  • Addressess plain language and
  • Cultural and linguistic competency
  • Discusses why health literacy is important as well as the associated risks
  • A list of references for further information is available
  • Last updated: no date 


  • Provides fact sheets (pdf) for people working with those with low health literacy
  • Last updated: August 2005   


  • Defines health literacy
  • Addresses problems that poor health literacy may cause
  • Lists strategies to improve health literacy as recommended by North Carolina Program on Health Literacy
  • Last updated: 2010


  • Presented by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
  • General in depth information
  • Includes sites/organizations for more information
  • Last updated: January 5, 2010


  • From American Medical Associaion
  • Good for general information
  • Site geared toward doctors
  • Includes additional links to reports/books
  • Last updated: no date   

Health Literacy by HRSA http://www.hrsa.gov/publichealth/healthliteracy/

  • HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Good site for general information
  • Contains some additional links to other sites about culture and literacy
  • Last updated: no date   


  • Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Provides general overview
  • Headers allow one to scan and break down the information quickly 
  • Last updated: April 5, 2010   


  • From the Harvard School of Public Health
  • Provides an overview along with research, policy, strategies and tools on the topic of health literacy
  • Last updated: no date


Canyon Ranch Institute's Perspective on Health Literacy http://www.canyonranchinstitute.org/perspectives/healthlit/
  • Andrew Pleasant, PhD. presents CRI's perspective on Health Literacy
  • Additional reference resources are provided
  • Last updated: 2008


Focus on Basics: Connecting Research and Practice http://www.ncsall.net/fileadmin/resources/fob/2008/fob_9b.pdf
  • This issue focuses on "Health and Literacy Partnerships"
  • Eleven articles address the topic and include different perspectives
  • Publication date: September 2008


Focus on Basics: Connecting Research and Practice http://www.ncsall.net/fileadmin/resources/fob/2002/fob_5c.pdf
  • This issue focuses on "Literacy and Health"
  • Eight articles address the topic and include different perspectives
  • Publication date: February 2002


  • Health Literacy Discussion List may sign up for email listserv, read archives, or see upcoming events
  • Partnered with Literacy Information and Communication System Basic Skills Resource Collection and
  • Ohio LIteracy Resource Center, Kent State University
  • To subscribe http://www.nifl.gov/mailman/listinfo/Healthliteracy
  • Last updated: ongoing


  • Proposes a revised definition of health literacy
  • Puts forth a set of core principles for evaluation of materials and tools
  • Last updated: no date