North Carolina Health Literacy

The North Carolina Health Literacy website serves as the information hub for health literacy resources and efforts at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as throughout the state of North Carolina. Our work includes outreach to rural and underserved communities. We offer workshops and training for students, educators and health care workers on health literacy principles. We also provide information on strategies and tools to incorporate health literacy into practice in order to improve health outcomes.

NC Health Literacy was established by the Sheps Center for Health Services Research in 2007. Today, we are an integral part of the Health Sciences Library.  The Health Sciences Library supports the work of the University to enhance the quality of life for all people in the State by connecting people everywhere with knowledge to improve health.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote health literacy in order to improve health outcomes for all North Carolinians. On our site, we offer a number of vetted resources that will help you incorporate health literacy in your practice, such as:

  • Videos and tutorials on assessing and improving health literacy
  • Quick-start guides and patient education materials
  • Health literacy happenings at UNC and beyond
  • News, journal articles, and emerging trends in health literacy
  • Health literacy presentations


Data map showing health literacy rates in NC

The Health Literacy Data Map provides an interactive, searchable, national map of health literacy estimates for neighborhoods throughout the United States. The map was developed by Dr. Gang Fang and Dr. Stacy Bailey of UNC, Chapel Hill. Click anywhere on the map to get started.

Last modified: 11/04/21