The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in their Healthy People 2030 10-year national plan, defines health literacy as “the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others.” In a media landscape fraught with misinformation, health literacy is an even tougher objective to reach.
As individuals increasingly use information to make their own healthcare decisions, and with a growing emphasis on health equity, health literacy is key to the success of public health missions. As we have seen during the pandemic, weak health literacy can have negative consequences on individuals and overall public health.
Health Literacy was a healthcare industry trend in our 2022 March Healthcare Classic. Explore this year’s interactive bracket to see the most impactful healthcare trends face off.