This discussion paper is the work of a multi-sector advisory group convened by the Public Health Association of British Columbia with the goal of identifying priorities and organizing them into a comprehensive framework for improving health literacy in Canada.
The document includes a definition of health literacy and an explanation of why it is important.
The authors note that the development of a comprehensive strategy for improving health literacy includes three components: developing knowledge; raising awareness and building capacity; and building infrastructure and partnerships.
Improving Canadians’ health literacy will require cooperative, concerted action by all levels of government; the health sector; the education sector; workplaces and businesses; and community organizations.
The authors call upon groups to review this discussion paper and examine how its ideas apply to their contexts, then provide feedback on how the framework could be improved to better support their health literacy work.