National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

The United States Department of Health and Human Services recently released The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy.  From the press release, “According to research from the U.S. Department of Education, only 12 percent of English-speaking adults in the United States have proficient health literacy skills.”   The overwhelming majority of Americans have difficulty understanding and using health information from the media, health care providers, medication labels, etc.  This action plan lays out a series of goals and steps from providing better health literacy skills early in education, as well as ways that health care providers can ensure consumers understand their care and their health.

Full document (PDF, 73 pages)

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