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Health Literacy Among Populations at Risk

NAAL data from 2006 also tell us that limited health literacy disproportionately affects populations that are underserved and at risk for certain health problems. The following chart indicates the characteristics of adults with below basic health literacy.

Source: National Center for Education Statistics (2006)

Quick Tip

Compare the characteristics of your program's target audience(s) to those that are more likely to have limited health literacy skills.

 

If your priority population(s) share many of these characteristics, they are likely to have limited health literacy skills.