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Health Literacy: Overview

Overview of Health Literacy

Health literacy is the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. 

- Healthy People 2010

Health Literacy Initiatives & Groups

Leading Health Indicators for Healthy People 2020

From the National Academies Press

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For the past three decades, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a national agenda aimed at improving the health of all Americans over each 10-year span. Under each of these Healthy People initiatives, HHS established health targets and monitored how well people were reaching them over time.

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