What is Health Literacy?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Title V, defines health literacy as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. This is also the definition that was included in Healthy People 2010 and 2020.
Healthy People 2030 addresses both personal health literacy and organizational health literacy and provides the following definitions:
The new definitions:
Why is Health Literacy Important?
For these and many other reasons, we created Ohio Health Literacy Partners (OHLP) in 2013.