91 million* adult Americans struggle to access, understand, and use their health information.

* That’s nearly 1/3 of all adults in the USA.
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Our Goal

The AHIMA Foundation works to empower people to become engaged and activated participants in their health and wellness journey using trusted health information.

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Imagine a better healthcare world, where health information is accessible, equitable, and secure for everyone.

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The Dynamics of Low Health Literacy

Discover more about people’s perceptions — and expectations — of healthcare technology, communication, and information management, and how it impacts your patient engagement strategy.
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76% of consumers report that they do not leave their doctor’s office on a positive note.

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74% of Spanish-speaking patients have less-than-adequate health literacy as compared to 7% of English-speaking patients.

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Low health literacy is estimated to cost the U.S economy $236 billion every year.

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Studies have consistently linked low health literacy with poor health outcomes, including non-adherence to treatment plans, poor self-care, high costs, and increased risk of hospitalization and mortality.

Our Approach to Low Health Literacy

Health Literacy for Health Equity unlocks the potential of health information access, understanding, and use.

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We Explore

We view healthy literacy as the nexus of wellness, technology, and self-advocacy.
Examine the dynamics of health literacy

We Engage

We connect with community health partners to make a difference in people’s lives.
Spark collaborations that make a difference

We Empower

We help people access, understand, and use their health information with confidence.
Help people become self-advocates

We Champion

We support health consumers through public advocacy and raising awareness of the issues impacted by patient access, engagement, and activation.
Be a voice for change
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Get Involved

Health Literacy for Health Equity is an extraordinary opportunity to place people at the center of their own health journeys. Here is how you can help!

Donate to mobilize changemakers across the healthcare community.
Help us connect our programs and resources to community organizations across the country.
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Read the stories, best practices, and lessons learned addressing health literacy issues at organizations and communities across the country.
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Understanding, Access and Use of Health Information in America

January 14, 2022
This survey explores consumers’ abilities, behaviors, and expectations around interacting with their health information to make care and wellness decisions.

Whole Person Health

January 20, 2022
Providers are evaluating high-impact interventions that address the non-medical root causes of health issues. However, incorporating SDOH in practice presents significant challenges in data acquisition, validation, analysis, and integration.

AHIMA Foundation Announces 2021 Scholarship Recipients

September 20, 2021
The AHIMA Foundation supports health information management professionals in pursuit of degrees in health information and related programs. Here are the winners of the winners of the 2021 Scholarship Program.