Health Literacy Activities by State

K-12 Literacy and Numeracy State Data

The links on this page include state and local collaborations and academic, government and non-profit organizations with a health literacy focus. In line with the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy Cdc-pdf[665 KB, 73 Pages]External, activities listed on this page cross organizational boundaries, provide new knowledge to the field, or convene diverse stakeholders. Links to organizations promoting their own internal health literacy activities or individuals promoting their health literacy services will not be included on this page. Web sites reproducing material already available on this site also will not be included. Please read the web site selection policy Cdc-pdf[100 KB, 2 Pages, HTML] before nominating links for this page. You may send suggestions for new links to healthliteracy@cdc.gov.

Alabama

Alabama Health Literacy InitiativeExternal

The purpose of the Alabama Health Literacy Initiative is to support patient-centered educational opportunities, guide outreach activities, and create partnerships to advance health literacy and improve health outcomes in the state of Alabama.

Arizona

Arizona Health Literacy CoalitionExternal
The Arizona Health Literacy Coalition is an informal group of individuals and organizations interested in promoting health literacy in Arizona.

Health Literacy ArizonaExternal
The Arizona Health Literacy Collaboration brings together a broad range of experience and expertise in both health literacy and in working with those most in need in Arizona.

Arkansas

Partnership for Health Literacy in ArkansasExternal
The mission of The Partnership is to improve health literacy among Arkansans by developing strategies and promoting collaboration.

UAMS Center for Health LiteracyExternal
The mission of the UAMS Center for Health Literacy is to improve society and population health by making health information easier to understand and use.

Colorado

Colorado Health Literacy Coalition (CHLC)External
The Colorado Health Literacy Coalition promotes health literacy by providing resources, training and best practices through collaboration with organizations across the state.

Florida

Florida Health Literacy InitiativeExternal
The Florida Literacy Coalition and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida make targeted grants to promote health literacy. The goal is to provide health-education resources for local adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and family literacy programs so that students in these programs can make informed choices about their health and nutrition. The Coalition also develops and distributes health curricula for adult education students.

Georgia

Georgia Alliance for Health LiteracyExternal
The Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy (GAHL) is a nonprofit, volunteer coalition representing educators, researchers, government officials, health care providers, health care payers, patients and consumers. GAHL members raise awareness about health literacy skills, offer health literacy resources, and foster better communication for a healthy Georgia and a robust health care industry.

Indiana

Indiana Center for Intercultural CommunicationExternal
The Center’s research on Intercultural Health Communication provides linguistic solutions to problems arising in the processing, comprehension, and interpretation of health-related communication.

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Kansas

Health Literacy KansasExternal
Health Literacy Kansas brings together organizations to address health literacy issues in the state. The collaboration is supported in part by Kansas Head Start.

Kentucky

Health Literacy KentuckyExternal
Health Literacy Kentucky is a partnership of more than 35 organizations that have come together to address the issues and challenges associated with limited health literacy in Kentucky.

Maryland

Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, University of Maryland External
The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy has been established to address the major public health problem of poor health literacy and its effect on health outcomes.

Massachusetts

The Central Massachusetts Health Literacy ProjectExternal

Minnesota

Minnesota Health Literacy PartnershipExternal
The mission of the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership is to improve the health of all Minnesotans through clear health communication.

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Missouri

Health Literacy MissouriExternal
HLM is a non-profit corporation based in St. Louis with a mission to improve the health of all Missourians while becoming a national leader in health literacy.

New York

Literacy Assistance Center Health Literacy InitiativeExternal
The Literacy Assistance Center’s New York City Health Literacy Initiative offers a variety of materials to help adult education practitioners and healthcare providers understand and work to improve health literacy.

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North Carolina

North Carolina Health LiteracyExternal
The Health Sciences Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) serves as the information hub of health literacy efforts on campus and throughout the state of North Carolina. We strive to increase awareness of health literacy and its impact, and provide information and resources on health literacy best practices to improve patient care.

Ohio

Ohio Health Literacy PartnersExternal
Ohio Health Literacy Partners (OHLP) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ohioans to make informed health choices through improved health literacy.

OHLP was created in 2013 to bring together a coalition of interested professionals from around Ohio who have expertise in health literacy. The intent is to address the individual, professional. and organizational challenges of low health literacy throughout the state.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Health Equity CampaignExternal
The Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC) is a statewide collaborative of faith-based, community, educational, public and private organizations and all levels of government to eliminate inequities for all populations. The partners have formed a health literacy committee to develop an Oklahoma Health Literacy Action Plan.

Pennsylvania

Regional Health Literacy CoalitionExternal
The Regional Health Literacy Coalition promotes health literacy and helps providers and patients find ways to better understand each other. The Coalition works with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and others in southwestern Pennsylvania; identifies best practices and ensures community partners have the tools to effect positive change; and develops policy options related to health literacy using evidence-based research.

Pennsylvania Health Literacy CoalitionExternal

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Texas

SaferCare TexasExternal
Our team is committed to creating a new culture of safety in health care for Texas by challenging traditional thinking to eliminate preventable harm. We are focused on reducing medical errors and assuring Texans receive the highest quality of health care through extensive education, community outreach initiatives and quality improvement programs.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Health LiteracyExternal
Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) is a statewide organization raising awareness of the importance of health literacy and fostering better communication between health care consumers and health care providers. WHL is a division of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.External, a nonprofit coalition representing a membership of 73 community-based adult and family literacy agencies.

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Page last reviewed: March 19, 2019