About Health Literacy

Studies consistently show that a significant number of people have problems reading, understanding, and acting on health information. This impacts personal health and healthcare resources.

Personal health literacy is when individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services for health-related decisions for themselves and others.

Elevate Your Health Literacy Competency

The IHA Health Literacy Specialist Certificate Program
Whether you're new to the healthcare field or have years of experience, this new program from IHA will enhance your health literacy knowledge so you can apply these principles in your daily work. Learn more today!

The Always Use Teach-back! Training Toolkit

This toolkit helps healthcare providers learn to use teach-back to support patients and families throughout the care continuum. Access the toolkit here.


Here's a collection of resources for health literacy statistics.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention