Check out the new Health Literacy LibGuide!

Health literacy is the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions (Healthy People 2010).

An estimated one in three Americans has limited health literacy. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this can impact an individual's ability to manage a chronic disease, care for themselves and understand instructions for taking medications.

This Health Literacy LibGuide contains information about health literacy, as well as plain language, Latino health and cultural and linguistic competency.

This guide is intended for:

  • clinicians, health care workers, advocates and educators who wish to better communicate with their patients;
  • educators and trainers of health professionals;
  • students or researchers conducting a health literacy literature search; or
  • any person looking for information about health literacy, plain language, Latino health or cultural and linguistic competence.

This guide includes links to:

  • online, self-paced tutorials;
  • continuing education opportunities;
  • assessment and research tools;
  • videos;
  • toolkits for educators; and
  • resources for clinicians and patients.

To view the Health Literacy LibGuide, click here.