National Medical Association, 295

National Urban League, 295

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 14–15, 103, 127, 136, 183, 197, 205, 291

Agency for International Development(AID), 25

Agency roles, 191–201

AHRQ. See Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AID. See Agency for International Development

Alaska Natives, literacy proficiency among, 63

ALL. See Adult Literacy & Lifeskills Survey

Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles, 135

AMA. See American Medical Association

American Academy of Neurology, 297

American Association of Family Physicians Foundation, 26

American Cancer Society, 119

American Medical Association (AMA), 160, 193

Ad Hoc Committee on Health Literacy, 36, 109

American Public Health Association, 160

Americans with Disabilities Act, 184 n

America’s health literacy

advocacy organizations, 286

employers, 286

governmental and social service agencies, 286–287

insurers, 286

organizations and systems acting to improve, 286–287

Approaches to improving health literacy, 127–137

approaches to increasing language access, 136–137

collaborative programs, 134–136

community opportunities, 127, 132–133

nongovernmental organizations, 134

Asian Health Services, 133

“Ask Me 3” program, 160

Assessment Framework Matrix, 152

Assessment of health literacy, in educational settings, 151–152

Assessments of literacy and health literacy

excerpts from the National Adult Literacy Survey, 308–322

excerpts from the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults, 304–307

Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine, 302–303

sample material from selected, 301–322

Association of American Colleges and Universities, 147

Associations of limited health literacy, 6–9, 59–107

associations with health knowledge, behavior, and outcomes, 82–100

financial, 7–8, 100–103

in health knowledge, behavior, and outcomes, 7, 82–100

Attaining Cultural Competency and Enriching Health Service Solutions, 133

Awareness, cultural, 112


Background information, 250–254

Basic print literacy, 38–39

Bayer Corporation, 146

Behavior, associations of limited health literacy with, 7, 82–100

Behavioral Health Risk Factor Surveillance System (BHRFSS), 14, 53, 55

BHRFSS. See Behavioral Health Risk Factor Surveillance System

Billie, Alvin, 132

Bolivia, literacy proficiency in, 83

Bridging Disciplines in the Brain: Behavioral and Clinical Sciences, 224

Building Effective AIDS Response initiative, 218

Bureau of Primary Health Care, 197, 219


CAHL. See Coalition for Allied Health Leadership

CAHPS. See Consumer Assessment of Health Plans Survey

Calculating literacy, 45

California HealthCare Foundation, 26

California Literacy, Inc., 160

California Medical Association (CMA), 160

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