Health Literacy

General Information



Cartoon of doctor and patient talking Assess Your Client's Health Literacy with this Tool

Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative.

Use a nutrition label to screen clients for low health literacy. Available in English (PDF | 1.46 MB) and Spanish (PDF | 1.46 MB).


Find Health Literacy Month Activities by State

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Take a Free Health Literacy Online Course

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Find a Tool to Improve Health Literacy

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.


Get the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

DHHS. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.


photo of a class room of adult learners How Many Adults Can Read Health-Related Materials?

National Center for Education Statistics.

Read the Health Literacy Report for statistics. 2003 (most recent).


Develop and Evaluation Materials


Create Easy-to-Understand Materials (PDF | 1.87 MB)

CDC. Division of Communication Services.


Learn to Measure Health Literacy in Your Project

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Develop Health Information Materials

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Learn the 3 A's of Health Information, or get visuals and materials.


Get Information About Developing Consumer Health Materials

DHHS. NIH. NLM. National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

Read about health literacy, evaluating health Web sites, materials in other languages, and more.