Health Literacy Resources

These resources will help you find more information about health literacy.


  • America’s Health Literacy: Why We Need Accessible Health Informationexternal icon
    This issue brief summarizes key findings and presents some policy implications of the first ever National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL).
  • Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusionexternal icon
    (Source: Institute of Medicine 2004)
    The Institute of Medicine issued its report in 2004 on the body of knowledge that applies to the field of health literacy, and recommended actions to promote a health literate society.
  • Roundtable on Health Literacyexternal icon
    (Source: Institute of Medicine 2011)
    The mission of the Roundtable is to advance the field of health literacy by translating research findings into practical strategies that can be implemented. To achieve this mission, the Roundtable discusses challenges facing health literacy practice and research, and identifies approaches to promote health literacy in the public and private sectors.


Special Population Groups


  • National Health Education Standards
    The National Health Education Standards (NHES) are written expectations for what students should know and be able to do by grades 2, 5, 8, and 12 to promote personal, family, and community health. The standards provide a framework for curriculum development and selection, instruction, and student assessment in health education.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Literacy Web Pages

The commitment of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ to health literacy is evidenced by the various agencies who contribute to the science and practice of health literacy. Links to those agencies’ Web site on health literacy are below.

International Health Literacy Web Pages

Links to health literacy activities in countries other than the U.S. and in international organizations are below.

Additional Resources


Page last reviewed: October 17, 2019