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Health Literacy Month
October 1-31, 2024

Building Health Literacy Awareness Through Action

For more than 20 years, October has been recognized as Health Literacy Month. Join us for this international observance when hospitals, health centers, literacy programs, libraries, social service agencies, businesses, professional associations, government agencies, consumer alliances, and many other groups work together to integrate and expand the mission of health literacy.

Health Literacy Month was founded in 1999 by Helen Osborne and is now brought to you by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA).

During health literacy month, we urge you to put health literacy awareness into action! Together, we can build bridges between our organizations and the people who need health care or services. Greater health literacy helps us overcome barriers and challenges that may result in harm. By collectively working to improve health literacy, we’ll create a more equitable world where everyone can access high-quality care and achieve positive health outcomes.

IHA's Personal Health Literacy PSA

This short video from IHA explains how to improve personal health literacy. Video by Next Day Animations.

IHA's Aha! Moment Video

Often there is an "Aha!" moment when someone realizes the impact or importance of health literacy. Here are some stories we’ve collected.

Communicate Better with Patients

This IHA video explains how and why to communicate better with patients or clients - great for home health care!

New GIFs

GIFs are fun, animated graphics sized to share on Facebook or LinkedIn to help raise awareness of Health Literacy Month!

Click here to download from the Toolkit.


The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) strives to help everyone across the healthcare system integrate health literacy into their professional practice and development. For decades, IHA has worked to provide world-class learning tools, conferences, resources and consulting to health experts. 

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The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public benefit charity.