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Education and Community Support for Health Literacy

A teacher is helping a toddler draw while another toddler is stacking blocks.

Health care and adult education communities are natural allies in efforts to improve health literacy.

Early childhood and childcare services, schools, and community groups play a critical role in establishing and building health literacy skills, no matter a person’s age, income, or years of school completed.

Health literacy skills start early in life and are part of the process of caring for and educating children, adolescents and young adults. All children should graduate with health literacy skills that will help them lead healthier lives.

Communities and community resources provide residents with information, education, social support, and local health and social services. Community organizations can determine local needs and incorporate health literacy strategies and activities to contribute to the well-being of community members.

These resources will help you begin or expand your educational and community health literacy activities.

Early Childhood

For more information, please review the complete text of Goal 3 [666 KB, 73 Pages] in the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. See: Section 3, Goal 3.

K-12 and University

For more information, please review the complete text of Goal 3 [666 KB, 73 Pages] in the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. See: Section 3, Goal 3.

Adults in a classroom with a teacher helping a student.

Health care and adult education communities are natural allies in efforts to improve health literacy.

Community Educators and Providers

For more information, please review the complete text of Goal 3 [666 KB, 73 Pages] in the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. See: Section 3, Goal 3.

Health Care Team

Health Information and Library Professionals

Cooperative Extension Service

The U.S. Cooperative Extension System has launched a National Framework for Health and Wellness. The framework aligns with the National Prevention Strategy and includes both health literacy and health insurance literacy as priorities. The Cooperative Extension System is a network of more than 100 of America’s land-grant colleges and universities working with thousands of county and regional Extension offices. The framework is available from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).

 
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