Health Literacy

Health Literacy

Are you health literate?

Approximately 60% of Canadians and 88% of seniors are not.

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About Health Literacy

What Is Health Literacy?

In Canada health literacy is defined as "the ability to access, comprehend, evaluate and communicateinformation as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a variety of settings across the life-course."

Figures show that 60% of adults and 88% of seniors in Canada are not health literate. People who are not health literate have difficulty using the everyday health information that is routinely available in health care facilities, grocery stores, retail outlets, schools, through the media, and in their communities.

How Does the Public Health Agency of Canada Support Health Literacy?

PHAC is developing and sharing tools and products to help health professionals support and integrate health literacy into daily practice. The information in these pages will help health professionals speak, write, and interact in ways that can be easily understood by Canadians.

How Do I Learn More About Health Literacy?

Please visit us often as we are constantly adding information on health literacy to this site. You can subscribe to our e-alert to receive an email each time we add new health literacy content here.

For more information on health literacy visit our resources page.


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This section includes links to Web sites, videos and supporting documents to help you learn and access information about health literacy.  

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