What is health literacy?

Important to know:


Health literacy is the ability to find, communicate, understand, and use health information.

Health literacy is not just the ability to read. It involves reading, listening, the ability to ask questions and to make decisions.


Why is it important?

To take care of yourself or a family member, you need information - and you need to understand it. You need to know how to take medications. You need to know what to ask and whom to ask.

Information you can use:

Health insurance information

Health literacy and older adults

Tools and links