Podcast: Updating Health Literacy for Healthy People 2030

In this episode of JPHMP Direct Talk, authors Dushanka Kleinman and Cindy Brach discuss their article, “Updating Health Literacy for Healthy People 2030,” published ahead of print in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Healthy People 2030 (HP2030), the fifth iteration of the Healthy People initiative, provides science-based national health objectives with targets to improve the health and well-being of Americans. For the first time since its 1979 establishment, the Healthy People framework aims to attain health literacy as an Overarching Goal and Foundational Principle to achieving health and well-being. Growing literature on health literacy describes it as a concept not solely reliant on individual capabilities but also on organizations’ ability to make health-related information and services equitably accessible and comprehensible.

Listen to the full conversation here:

Music (Gameshow Brazz) by John Bartmann from Pixabay

Podcast Addendum: Cindy Brach would like to add that the 2015 National CLAS Standards explicitly incorporated health literacy into the standards, and that health literacy recognizes that addressing language and culture are required to be health literate. She would also like to point out that minority populations are disproportionately represented among US adults who have limited personal health literacy, so that when we direct interventions to that group, we are also addressing racial and ethnic disparities.

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Dr. Dushanka Kleinman

Dushanka V. Kleinman DDS, MScD, is the Principal Associate Dean, Associate Dean for Research and Professor, School of Public Health, University of Maryland at College Park. She recently completed serving as the co-chair of the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives for 2030.


Cindy Brach

Cindy Brach is a Senior Health Care Researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Cindy co-chairs the HHS Health Literacy Work Group and serves on the Healthy People Health Communication and Health Information Technology Workgroup.

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