Health Literacy

Less Talk & More Action

Advances in prevention, public health, and health care are, in part, limited by a failure to translate research findings into practice. Original research may take decades to become routine clinical practice or habits for large segments of the public. Increasing the amount of health literacy research is not enough – especially if the research is not used to create evidence-based interventions that are widely disseminated.

The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacyexternal icon is a blueprint for efforts to improve health literacy. You can use this plan as a framework to develop your own organizational plan. Remember to base your plan on these principles:

  1. Everyone has the right to health information that helps them make informed decisions
  2. Health services should be delivered in ways that are understandable and beneficial to health, longevity, and quality of life.

Visit CDC’s webpage on health literacy for more tips on improving health literacy.

Page last reviewed: April 3, 2020