Assess Health Literacy in Your Organization

Your organization can’t address its health literacy issues if it doesn’t know its current situation. It’s easy to make assumptions, but you need data. Do an honest assessment to identify opportunities and barriers to make progress on health literacy.

As you conduct your assessment, engage multiple stakeholders, and choose from these tools to help you get started.

Resources for Organizations

General Assessment Tools

Train the workforce

See our Find Training page for training opportunities in health literacy, plain language, and culture and communication

Develop materials that are easy to understand and act on

See our Develop Materials section for additional guidance and resources for preparing materials to address health literacy

Meet the needs of audiences with a range of health literacy skills

Provide easy access to health information and services

See the resources below for information about accessible and usable health information (IT), including Web sites.

See the resources below for information on how to improve the readability of consent forms and other print materials for health care research study participants.

See Evaluate Skills & Programs for assessment tools to identify health literacy issues in your organization.

Communicate clearly during crises and emergencies


Page last reviewed: October 17, 2019