Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion, the 2004 Institute of Medicine Report, and the 2010 National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy both highlight the importance of multidisciplinary partnerships to promote health literacy.

Here below are materials from two initiatives launched at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. One provides detailed curricula for adult education teachers and leaders to integrate health literacy insights into adult education programs. Three Study Circles (discussion groups for teachers) draw on teachers’ expertise in literacy and numeracy to provide content and process ideas for navigating health systems, managing a chronic disease, and engaging in disease prevention activities. The second provides a template for planning local and state forums to support health literacy through partnerships with libraries and adult education programs.