About Us

Welcome to the Office of Health Literacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago

under the leadership of  Dr. Paula Allen-Meares, UIC Chancellor Emerita.


This office is involved with several initiatives including:

  • Charged to develop formal and informal partnerships with Community-based healthcare providers and relevant entities; work with UIC’s health science colleges, Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Urban Health Program, Mile Square Health Center, Department of Medicine Urban Global Health Program, and Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships.
  • Share evidence-based health literacy knowledge and educate students and healthcare professionals; create the Department of Medicine Health Literacy Lecture Series; and engage with the Department of Medicine, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force efforts to foster recruitment and career development of faculty and healthcare workers.
  • During the COVID-19 Pandemic, the CDC and HHS declared health literacy a national public health problem. This office works to highlight the disparities revealed during the Pandemic and raise awareness of health disparities fueled by poor rates of health literacy.

Its areas of focus include:

  • Sharing innovations and technological approaches that promote health literacy and illness management.
  • Addressing multiple health and disease types including but not limited to diabetes, cancer, heart and liver failure, HIV/AIDS, hypertension, gastroenterology, obesity, asthma and genetics.
  • Collaborating on research with local, state, federal, global, and non-governmental partners and working with venues to translate practices that evolve from research.
  • Participating in, supporting, and convening interdisciplinary health interest groups to examine healthcare literacy, prevention, and community engagement in economically challenged ethnic/racial communities.

For recommended materials and resources on Health Literacy, see the National Academy of Medicine’s website at https://nam.edu/ (make this a live link)

We look forward working with you,

Paula Allen-Meares

Executive Director, Office of Health Literacy
Chancellor Emerita
John Corbally Presidential Professor Emerita
Professor of Medicine
Dean and Professor Emerita/Norma Radin Collegiate Professor, University of Michigan

Paula Allen-Meares