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Community healthcare resources for San Antonio and beyond.

What is health literacy?

Hands typing on a laptopPersonal Health Literacy is the ability of a person to find, understand, and use healthcare information in order to make well-informed health decisions for themselves and others.

Organizational Health Literacy is the degree to which organizations (such as hospitals, healthcare organizations, etc) equitably enable people to find, understand, and use healthcare information and services. 

Why is it important?

High health literacy helps with making informed health decisions. This can impact everything from general health to life expectancy.

People with low health literacy skills are more likely to:

  • Have poor health outcomes, including hospital stays and emergency room visits
  • Make medication errors
  • Have trouble managing chronic diseases
  • Skip preventive services, like flu shots