CDC Launches Health Literacy Website
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new health literacy website at http://www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/. Healthy People 2020 defines health literacy as “the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions”.
The CDC health literacy website provides information and tools to improve health literacy and public health. These resources are for all organizations that interact and communicate with people about health, including public health departments, healthcare providers and facilities, health plans, government agencies, non-profit/community and advocacy organizations, childcare and schools, the media, and health-related industries.
The website also contains a Health Literacy Activities by State portal. For the Pacific Southwest Region, local resources currently include Arizona Health Literacy Coalition, Health Literacy Arizona, Institute for Healthcare Advancement, and Health Research For Action, UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Editor’s Note: The Health Literacy Arizona website was funded in part through a NN/LM PSR Express Outreach Award in 2009-2010.