New Health Literacy Book

Health Literacy: Improving Health, Health Systems, and Health Policy Around the World: Workshop Summary (2013)

Authors: Lyla M. Hernandez, Rapporteur; Roundtable on Health Literacy; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Institute of Medicine

Description: 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