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."

Read the health literacy fact sheet for research and statistics.

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.

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.

ABC Health Matters is delivered in communities across Southern Ontario. The program is structured around a three-hour workbook-based workshop. The workbooks can also be used by individuals at home.

Resources for Patients & Caregivers:
Make a Medical History Card
Health Passport
Caring for a loved one
Tips for your next Doctor Visit
You and Your Pharmacist
Your Rights as a Patient
Glossary of Health Words
Your Health Centres
Doing Health Math
Helpful Links

Resources for Health Care Providers:
Communicating with Patients with Low Health Literacy
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You and Your Pharmacist   Poster-8.5x11"  Poster-11x17"


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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 29,000 people worldwide and markets medicines in more than 170 countries. For more information: and on Twitter @abbviecanada.

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