Health Literacy

What is Health Literacy?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines health literacy as "the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions."

To help Canadians increase their confidence to make the best health decisions for themselves and their families, ABC has created ABC Health Matters.

A new health literacy pilot program presented with the support of AbbVie Corporation.



ABC Health Matters has been created to empower Canadians to manage their health more effectively by increasing their confidence when talking about and making decisions regarding health issues with family, friends and health professionals. Through the program, adults will develop a deeper understanding of how to advocate for their and their family’s health and better understand how to access health care in Ontario.

ABC Health Matters was piloted in communities across Eastern and Southern Ontario in the winter of 2016. The program is structured around a three-hour workbook-based workshop. The workbooks can also be used by individuals at home.

Download a Glossary of Health Words.

Interested in learning more about health literacy in Canada?
Here are some Helpful Links.

We want to hear from you! Contact Carissa at or 416-218-0010, ext. 130 if you have questions, comments, or are interested in bringing ABC Health Matters to your organization or community.

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