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 program presented with the support of AbbVie Corporation and McKesson Canada.

ABC Health Matters empowers 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 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 is delivered in communities across Southern Ontario. The program is structured around a three-hour workbook-based workshop. The workbook 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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About our Supporters: 

AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases. Together with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pharmacyclics, AbbVie employs more than 28,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries. For more information:

Founded more than 100 years ago, McKesson Canada is dedicated to delivering vital medicines, supplies and information technologies that enable the health care industry to provide patients better, safer care. Our solutions empower pharmacies, manufacturers, hospitals and other health care institutions by enabling them to get closer to the millions of patients they serve every single day, while contributing to the quality and safety of care in Canada. For more information:

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