Health Literacy

Health literacy plays a critical role in engaging the public in actions and decisions about health. Health literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Health literacy issues affect everyone across the range of socio-demographic characteristics, including, but not limited to, age, educational attainment, income level, English language proficiency, and insurance status. Nebraska has included Health Literacy screening questions on the NE-Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (2014-present) in order to learn more about our population’s health literacy.