Organizations & Committees
Many government agencies and academic, for-profit and non-profit organizations have health literacy programs, participate in committees, and contribute to plans and reports. This page links to the health literacy web resources of federal agencies; the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine; and international organizations.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Literacy Web Pages
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its agencies contribute to the science and practice of health literacy improvement. Learn what agencies are doing about health literacy.
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Health Literacyexternal icon
- Food and Drug Administration Strategic Plan for Risk Communicationexternal icon
- FDA Risk Communication Advisory Committeeexternal icon (Food & Drug Administration 2011)
- Health Resources and Services Administration: Health Literacyexternal icon
- Indian Health Service: Welcome to Healthcare Communicationsexternal icon
- National Institutes of Health: Clear Communication: A NIH Health Literacy Initiativeexternal icon
- Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, HHS: Health Literacy Improvementexternal icon
- Office of Minority Health Cultural and Linguistic Competencyexternal icon
Other Federal Agencies’ Health Literacy Activities
The National Institute of Food and Agricultureexternal icon (NIFA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, sponsors nutrition, health, and wellness programsexternal icon and is a partner with the Cooperative Extension System and its National Framework for Health and Wellnessexternal icon. NIFA distributes federal funds for state and local programs and provides national leadership in food and agricultural sciences.
International Health Literacy Web Pages
Find out about health literacy activities in countries other than the U.S.
- Canada, The Center for Literacyexternal icon
- Canadian Public Health Association Health Literacy Portalexternal icon
- England, Health Literacy Groupexternal icon
- Health Literacy New Zealandexternal icon
- Ireland National Adult Literacy Agencyexternal icon
- Shanghai Declaration on promoting health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentpdf iconexternal icon
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine
The Roundtable on Health Literacyexternal icon brings together leaders from academia, industry, government, foundations and associations, and representatives of patient and consumer interests to improve health literacy. The Roundtable produces reports about many health literacy issues and posts them on the IOM’s web site.
The Roundtable on Value & Science-Driven Health Careexternal icon draws on insights and leadership from the scientific, clinical, commercial, voluntary, and public sectors to improve the communication and understanding of evidence important to decision-making in health care. The Roundtable issues reports on patient engagement and other issues related to health literacy.