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
- Food and Drug Administration Strategic Plan for Risk CommunicationExternal
- FDA Risk Communication Advisory CommitteeExternal (Food & Drug Administration 2011)
- Health Resources and Services Administration: Health LiteracyExternal
- Indian Health Service: Welcome to Healthcare CommunicationsExternal
- National Institutes of Health: Clear Communication: A NIH Health Literacy InitiativeExternal
- Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, HHS: Health Literacy ImprovementExternal
- Office of Minority Health Cultural and Linguistic CompetencyExternal
Other Federal Agencies’ Health Literacy Activities
The National Institute of Food and AgricultureExternal (NIFA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, sponsors nutrition, health, and wellness programsExternal and is a partner with the Cooperative Extension System and its National Framework for Health and WellnessExternal. 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
- Canadian Public Health Association Health Literacy PortalExternal
- England, Health Literacy GroupExternal
- Health Literacy New ZealandExternal
- Ireland National Adult Literacy AgencyExternal
- Shanghai Declaration on promoting health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentCdc-pdfExternal
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine
The Roundtable on Health LiteracyExternal 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 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.