Protect your Health

Health Literacy Program

Health literacy is defined as the capacity to which individuals can read, understand, and act upon health-related information.  Health literacy also encompasses the ability professionals and institutions have for communicating effectively so that community members can make informed decisions and take appropriate actions to advocate for and protect their health.

The results of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) Health Literacy of America’s Adults Report, 36 percent of adults living in the United States were Basic or Below Basic health literacy.  Given this fact, now more than ever there is a need for patients to improve their health literacy skills.  To that end, the Technical College System of Georgia, Office of Adult Education (OAE) plays a vitally important role in enhancing the health literacy skills of the public.

Through statewide Adult Education Programs, trained instructors integrate health issues into lessons that address core reading, writing, and math skills. By attending Free Health Literacy classes, adult students are able to receive instruction which will empower them to…

  • Navigate the healthcare system to get needed services, including locating providers and services, filling out forms, and advocating for themselves
  • Share personal information and engage in dialogue with clinicians
  • Understand written and oral information given by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals
  • Follow directions in taking medications, preparing for a procedure or test, and scheduling appointments

For more information about health literacy in Georgia visit or For more information, contact 404.679.5269, 404.679.1630 (FAX).