The Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions is dedicated to the elimination of disparities in health & health care among racial and ethnic groups, socioeconomic, rural and suburban populations.
by Roundtable on Health Literacy; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Institute of Medicine
Publication Date: 2013-07-24
The roots of health literacy can be traced back to the national literacy movement in India under Gandhi and to aid groups working in Africa to promote education and health. The term health literacy was first used in 1974 and described as "health education meeting minimal standards for all school grade levels". From that first use the definition of health literacy evolved during the next 30 years with official definitions promulgated by government agencies and large programs. Despite differences among these definitions, they all hold in common the idea that health literacy involves the need for people to understand information that helps them maintain good health.
Health Literacy, eHealth, and Communication
This text explores the current status of communication technology and challenges for use in populations with low health literacy.
The Medical Library Association Guide to Health Literacy
by Kars, Marge, Lynda M. Baker and Feleta L. Wilson
An introduction and components of health literacy plus needs of special populations. Addresses low literacy and learning strategies for older adults.
What is health literacy?
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.