Welcome to CDC's new health literacy web site. The year 2010 was a tipping point for health literacy to enter the mainstream of health policy. Health literacy is part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, i.e. "health reform," the most significant change to health policy in decades.
The field "tipped" because we had strong momentum from Healthy People, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. Our work is reinforced by new federal plain language legislation – the Plain Writing Act of 2010.
The web site will deliver information and resources on current activities in health literacy research, practice and evaluation for public health. Specifically, this site aims to bring you new and timely information about CDC's work to improve health literacy and highlight the work of others who are implementing the goals and strategies of the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy [PDF - 666KB].
The web site includes a blog to generate and continue discussions that will help all of us. The blog is one way to share ideas about what you would like to see CDC and other public health agencies do to improve health literacy.
Sign up for GovDelivery so you will be alerted when new information is posted to the web site. Please visit us often in the online community we are building. I look forward to collaborating with all of you as we implement positive changes to make health information accurate, accessible and actionable for all.
Cynthia Baur, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Health Literacy
Office of the Associate Director for Communication
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention