Improving Health Literacy for All


Improving Health Literacy for All

July 17, 2018  |  Best Practice

1. Create a functional, working definition of health literacy

It is crucial for all members of organizations to have a consistent definition of health literacy. Health literacy can be defined as the ability to understand and process necessary information about health, wellness, healthcare, and available health services.


2. Increase health literacy among important stakeholders

Improving health literacy is a significant step towards health enhancement because many chronic conditions, such as asthma and heart disease, have improved outcomes when the patient is more knowledgeable and engaged.


3.Embrace a health literate future

With more people using the internet to look up health issues, health stakeholders need to embrace a more aware general population and work with them to better educate and empower individuals owning their own health.


To learn more health equity best practices, attend an upcoming CHI educational event.


Grant Hom

Fellow at CHI


Kathy Tian

Analyst at CHI



Joseph Gaspero is the CEO and Co-Founder of CHI. He is a healthcare executive, strategist, and researcher. He co-founded CHI in 2009 to be an independent, objective, and interdisciplinary research and education institute for healthcare. Joseph leads CHI’s research and education initiatives focusing on including patient-driven healthcare, patient engagement, clinical trials, drug pricing, and other pressing healthcare issues. He sets and executes CHI’s strategy, devises marketing tactics, leads fundraising efforts, and manages CHI’s Management team. Joseph is passionate and committed to making healthcare and our world a better place. His leadership stems from a wide array of experiences, including founding and operating several non-profit and for-profit organizations, serving in the U.S. Air Force in support of 2 foreign wars, and deriving expertise from time spent in industries such as healthcare, financial services, and marketing. Joseph’s skills include strategy, management, entrepreneurship, healthcare, clinical trials, diversity & inclusion, life sciences, research, marketing, and finance. He has lived in six countries, traveled to over 30 more, and speaks 3 languages, all which help him view business strategy through the prism of a global, interconnected 21st century. Joseph has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When he’s not immersed in his work at CHI, he spends his time snowboarding backcountry, skydiving, mountain biking, volunteering, engaging in MMA, and rock climbing.