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Health Literacy Basics

Background information on what health literacy is and why it matters in public health.


About This Site

Welcome to CDC’s health literacy web site. The site provides information, tools, and links on health literacy research, practice, and evaluation for public health topics and situations.

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[666 KB, 73 pages], CDC’s Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy and the federal Plain Writing Act.

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