The American College of Physicians Foundation (ACP Foundation) has adopted the definition of health literacy developed for the National Library of Medicine and used by Healthy People 2010 (the prevention and health promotion objectives set for the Nation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
Nearly half of all American adults--90 million people--have difficulty understanding and using health information, and there is a higher rate of hospitalization and use of emergency services among patients with limited health literacy, says a report from the Institute of Medicine titled Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. Limited health literacy may lead to billions of dollars in avoidable health care costs.
The Health Literacy Video Archive Project: Documenting Pioneers and Champions is an ongoing record of the history, achievements and growth of scholarly and community work in health literacy. The project includes original video recorded interviews with the founding pioneers as well as young champions in the field of health literacy; people who have made a difference to research, education and/or community engagement with health literacy. Each of the video interviews will archive the contributions of the individual being highlighted.
The National Institute for Literacy hosted a webcast on Wednesday August 29, 2007 to discuss the Health Literacy of America's Adults: Results of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) 2003. The Health Literacy of America's Adults is the first release of the NAAL results.