Health literacy helps open the door to good health. It means:
- You can find information you need about health.
- You easily understand that information the first time you read or hear it.
- You can use that information to make decisions about your health.
- You are able to make good choices about your lifestyle and health care.
About 90 million Americans have problems understanding and using health information (NAAL, 2003). Anyone can struggle with health literacy at times.
The UAMS Center for Health Literacy (CHL) aims to improve health literacy. It started in 2012 as a program at the UAMS Center for Rural Health. Two years later, the CHL opened.
The CHL provides plain language services to make health information easy to understand. We provide training to health professionals on health literacy best practices. We also study health literacy and how it affects health.
UAMS and National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases fund CHL.
We are located in the Freeway Medical Building – 5800 W. 10th Street, Suite 502, Little Rock, AR 72204.
Main Phone: 501-686-2595