2023 United States Health Literacy Policy & Press Event
Taking Action for a Healthier Nation

A Virtual Event
Monday, October 2, 2023 11 AM-12:30 PM EDT

The National Council to Improve Patient Safety Through Health Literacy, the Memory Keepers Discovery Team at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, and other partnering health literacy experts across the nation are proud to announce the 2023 United States Health Literacy Policy & Press Event, scheduled to take place virtually on October 2, 2023. This crucial gathering will bring together policymakers, press/media, health professionals, researchers, educators, healthcare leadership, and advocates to address the pressing issue of health literacy and advocate for systems-level policy change to improve clear health communication across the nation.

The 2023 event will feature renowned speakers and thought leaders who will share their expertise and innovative approaches to tackling health literacy challenges. Through keynote addresses and panel discussions, participants will have the chance to exchange ideas, collaborate, and promote actionable strategies to advance the nation’s health literacy in educational institutions, healthcare organizations, and federal and state agencies.

The event aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Discover the Healthy People 2030 goal to attain health literacy to improve the health and well-being of all Americans.
  • Recognize the challenges most Americans face when trying to understand and navigate the healthcare system.
  • Pick up your toolkit to raise awareness and improve health literacy in your community.
  • Take the call to action to enact and support health literacy policies at the organizational, state, and federal levels in alignment with the National Action Plan.

Policymakers & Education and Healthcare Leadership are welcome to participate.

Time to act

It has been over 10 years since the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, yet no major system’s approach to addressing health literacy has been enacted.

To date, elements of health literacy are found in the 2010 PlainWriting and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts and the 2018 revision to the U.S. Common Rule. Some federal agencies have established strategic plans and guidance documents that include health literacy. In order to meet the Healthy People 2030 objectives, reduce healthcare expenditures, and increase patient safety, education, satisfaction, and health promotion, we need policymaker and education and healthcare leadership support.

9 out of 10 adults struggle to understand and use health information when it is unfamiliar, complex, or jargon-filled.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Talking Points About Health Literacy.

Hosted by:

Virtual platform/registration and website provided by: The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA)

In collaboration with:


Colorado Health Literacy Coalition

Health Literacy Media

Michigan Health Literacy Collaboration

Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership

Nebraska Association of Local Public Health

Ohio Health Literacy Partners

SaferCare Texas

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Center for Health Literacy

Wichita State University, Department of Public Health Sciences

Wisconsin Health Literacy, Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.

For questions, please email Karen@healthlit360.com

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