Health Literacy

General Information



Cartoon of doctor and patient talking The Newest Vital Sign

Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative.

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


Find Health Literacy Month Activities by State

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Find a Health Literacy Overview or Tool

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.


CDC module logo Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals Course

HHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


photo of a class room of adult learners What About Health Literacy? 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.


Read an Overview and Methods of Measuring Health Literacy

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Develop Materials with Health Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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


Get Information About Consumer Health Resources and Materials

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

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