Rationale and Core Principles for the Development of Health Literacy Curricula
This document grew out of a three-day institute held in Calgary, Alberta, in October 2008, which brought together participants from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
Participants agreed on the need to identify core principles for developing and adapting health literacy curricula. This document formally establishes those principles and urges anyone involved in developing or evaluating health literacy curricula to incorporate them.
The authors define health literacy as encompassing the use of a wide range of skills that improve the ability of people to act on information in order to live healthier lives. These skills include reading, writing, listening, speaking, numeracy, critical analysis, and interaction skills.
The authors note that health literacy applies to both individuals and to health systems, explaining that a system is health literate when it provides equal, easy and shame-free access to and delivery of health care and health information.
The authors have provided this link for anyone interested in becoming a signatory to the charter: http://www.centreforliteracy.qc.ca/health_literacy/calgary_charter.