How the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Promotes Health Literate Health Care

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2020 Jun 25;269:313-323. doi: 10.3233/SHTI200046.


This report traces the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) strategic approach to promote health literate health care delivery systems. For almost 15 years, the AHRQ Health Literacy Action Plan has served as the framework for the Agency's efforts to: 1) Develop Measures; 2) Improve the Evidence Base and Create Implementation Tools; 3) Create and Support Change; 4) Disseminate and Transfer Knowledge and Tools; and 5) Practice What We Preach. Drawing upon its core competencies in data and measurement, practice improvement, and health services research, AHRQ accelerated the uptake of evidence-based health literacy strategies by health care organizations.

Keywords: Health literacy; health systems; implementation; knowledge transfer; quality improvement.

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care*
  • Health Literacy*
  • Health Services Research
  • United States
  • United States Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality