Alzheimer’s Association – Northeast Colorado Region is a Health Literacy Hero because we provide Alzheimer’s education programs reaching 9 counties and empowering others to empower themselves. Posted 2014.

National AHEC Organization Affiliate

Central Colorado Area Health Education Center posted weekly updates on social media to reach community members and partners during health literacy month. Posts focused on what Health Literacy is, why it is important, and how our community members and partners can help. Through these engaging posts, we also included resources that they could seek on learning the key principles and strategies of effective health communication, workshops, panels, and presentations to watch, and newsletters, podcasts, and transcripts to read all focusing on health literacy. Posted 2016.

Each year, we run an 8-month health literacy course which teaches health professionals strategies & techniques to improve health literacy at an organisation level. We are also running a campaign for health literacy month to ‘Drop the Jargon’ and use plain language for a day on Tuesday 20 October. We also have a health literacy committee which reviews all our publications and resources to ensure they adopt health literacy principles. Posted 2015.

DeafHealth is the most comprehensive website devoted solely to provide clear and concise health education in American Sign Language to promote the overall wellness of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing community. Health education in ASL empowers the Deaf community with an opportunity to make informed decisions. DeafHealth works to reduce risk factors for diseases such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and obesity. DeafHealth equips the Deaf community to live healthier lives.

Docola is driving health literacy. A digital health platform enabling healthcare providers to aggregate information from any source, combine it into courses, prescribe it to patients and track participation and comprehension. The service is free to all healthcare providers and patients and our mission is to optimize healthcare conversations. Posted 2015.

University of South Florida

Florida Covering Kids & Families (FL-CKF) is frequently called upon as an expert in health coverage and health literacy for its ability to reach out to diverse audiences and educate consumers about health coverage and utilization including those under the Affordable Care Act, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid. Since its inception, FL-CKF has produced enrollment assistance toolkits, online fact sheets, policy briefs, blogs, and articles, as well as, conducted webinars and in-person educational trainings on health care coverage in Medicaid, CHIP, and ACA. FL-CKF, its state coalition, and consortium partners are instrumental in bringing together state and local partners to develop and implement strategies to promote the importance of understandable health information. Posted 2015.

Why HealthyNews Works is a Health Literacy Hero?
The Healthy NewsWorks student media program enables elementary and middle school students to acquire writing, research, interviewing, presentation, and critical-thinking skills by working on health-related newspapers, books, and other media. They deliver accurate and engaging health news and information to thousands of young readers and their families in the Philadelphia area.
Healthy NewsWorks’ three school-based initiatives enrich health knowledge and understanding in schools and communities:
A health media program teaches children how to gather reliable and relevant health information and report on it in printed school newspapers, online, and video.
A health literacy and education program helps student journalists learn how to access and use health information and communicate it to others.
Through a book program, Leading Healthy Change In Our Communities, students write and illustrate a book each year featuring a dozen Philadelphia-area leaders who are making a difference in the health of our communities.
Healthy NewsWorks student journalists have produced more than 300 school-based health newspapers in 28 schools since its founding in 2003. Posted 2016.

The Clinic provides medical care to the uninsured and underinsured people of the Kansas City region. In an effort to provide better services to our patients, the Clinic has formed a health literacy committee to insure staff are trained with tools to communicate effectively will all patients and a plain language sub-committee that reviews Clinic documents to make sure that all patient materials are in plain language. The committee has done an initial Clinic health literacy assessment and created a work plan that will be reviewed annually. Posted 2014.

Manager: Cassia Community Centre – Sydney/Australia

Kerrie was introduced to Health Literacy in 2012 when invited to join the Health Literacy Network at the Clinical Excellence Commission in Sydney. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness amongst the general community and health services about the importance of addressing health literacy. Kerrie has developed a basic information pack for our website and designed her own English Health Literacy Class which combines improving reading and writing skills whilst learning about health literacy. Posted 2014.


The Larry Combest Center is a Health Literacy Hero because it hosted an ice cream social for all the employees who are involved the care of patients being seen for primary care. While at the social the employees were provided a sheet of statistics, an example of health literacy testing using the food label, and were shown videos from AMA about health literacy. Over 75% of the staff was able to participate in the event and nearly all stated they learned something new and would keep this in mind when serving the patients at the center. Posted 2016.

Matrix Medical Network is a Health Literacy Hero because our national network of Nurse Practitioners educates many thousands of Americans each year. Education includes information about their current health issues, a review of their medications and what therapeutic role those medications have in treating their conditions, and answers to the many health questions that people often never have the time to ask their doctor. Matrix Nurse Practitioners are highly educated, highly skilled, and are caring and empathetic. They are at the core of what makes Matrix Medical Network a health literacy hero. Posted 2015.


The Pottsboro Area Library received funding to launch a Permaculture community garden. This innovative project is bringing together people from across the community to work towards a common goal. Permaculture principles include organic gardening, but go far beyond that. Beyond agriculture, Permaculture also looks at many other aspects of living such as: how we design our living spaces, what we do with things that people consider to be “waste” (waste in Permaculture is just an unused resource), eco-systems, community organization, advocacy, global responsibility, and more. There are chef-led classes which focus on budget-friendly, nutritious cooking. Posted 2016.

a coalition of nonprofit health, wellness and human service providers in the Greater Plymouth, MA region

South Shore Community Partners in Prevention is undertaking a Health Literacy Initiative for the 2015-16 fiscal year. We hope to engage health care providers, consumers and community partners in an effort to improve the ability of our residents to obtain information about their health in an easily accessible and understandable manner, and to improve their ability to advocate for their own health. We have developed an Action Plan with ten goals and will be implementing them between now and June 2016. Posted 2015.

The problems of childhood inactivity, obesity, and low student performance are all addressed by The Walking Classroom’s active learning program. The program reaches >10,000 kids each year and encourages healthy lifestyle choices through its use of regular exercise and presentation of health messages before every podcast. By walking while learning core curriculum and health messages (like the importance of exercise, healthy calories, hydration, bullying, etc.), students increase their health awareness and healthy choices while improving their classroom engagement and academic outcomes. Posted 2014.

University of South Alabama USA Center for Healthy Communities,

USA Community Health Advocates through kindness, compassion, education, and leadership work to remove barriers to good health and to improve the overall health the Mobile, AL community. There are 12 targeted health disparities in the community: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Emergency Preparedness, Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS, Infant Mortality, Mental Health, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Sickle Cell Disease and Tobacco. USA Community Health Advocates host and attend events distributing information to community residents. Posted 2014.

Welsh Mountain Health Centers is a Health Literacy Hero because our mission is to provide quality health services to the community especially those who may have barriers to care. We breakdown the communication barrier so our patients understand and feel comfortable with their treatment.