Health Literacy: Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All
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Welcome to CDC’s health literacy website. This site is for health communicators, public health professionals, and community leaders who seek information and tools on health literacy research, practice, and evaluation.
We aim to bring you timely information about the work of CDC and other organizations to improve health literacy. CDC’s work aligns with the goals and strategies of the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, CDC’s Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy and the federal Plain Writing Act.
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Background information on what health literacy is and why it matters in public health.
Planning tools and examples, including the National Action Plan and CDC's action plan...
Resources for working with health care providers, libraries, schools, community organizations & cooperative extensions...
Plain Writing Act, National Health Education Standards, federal agencies, committees...
DISCLAIMER: This website includes links to several articles. Articles are selected by Office of Communications (OC) staff to provide awareness of health literacy literature. An article’s inclusion does not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nor does it imply endorsement of the article’s methods or findings. OC, CDC, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assume no responsibility for the factual accuracy of the items presented. The selection, omission, or content of items does not imply any endorsement or other position taken by OC, CDC, or HHS. Opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed by the original authors of items included on this website, or persons quoted therein, are strictly their own and are in no way meant to represent the opinion or views of OC, CDC, or HHS. References to publications, news sources, products, services, and non-CDC websites are provided solely for informational purposes and do not imply endorsement by OC, CDC, or HHS.