Welcome to the Office of Health Literacy

Welcome to the Office of Health Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Health Literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. It goes beyond health education and individual behavior-oriented communication–addressing the environmental, political, and social factors that determine health.

The ultimate goal of this office is to advance the scientific base of health literacy and to help people understand the importance of health literacy.

Read more about our ongoing initiatives:

The Dr. Paula Radio Show, featuring discussions with exemplary researchers and leaders in the field of health and wellness, on campus and elsewhere on a variety of topics pertaining to health disparities and health literacy and hosted by our Executive Director, UIC Chancellor Emerita Dr. Paula Allen-Meares.

The Doctors in the Community Series of physician and health care provider led community talks in accessible language, supported by the Chicago Community Trust.

An Introduction to Health Literacy, Health Disparities, and Cultural Competence was taught to students and faculty campus-wide. Although the course is not currently being offered, we are rethinking next steps in relation to this important topic. More information on the course can be found here.

Read more about the UIC College of Medicine: here.