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National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

  • By: Cynthia Baur
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Health literacy, “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, communicate and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions,” is an essential skill for the public and health professionals and an accepted part of the U.S. public health agenda. Health literacy is also emerging as a topic for health communication research, evaluation, policy, and practice. The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy (Action Plan) integrates public health and health communication approaches and presents a vision of a health-literate society, along with seven goals and multiple strategies that organizations and individuals can implement to help realize this vision. The Action Plan states that implementing the goals and strategies will improve the accessibility, quality, and safety of health ...

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