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Health literacy is defined as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions" (Healthy People 2010). People with limited or low health literacy have less knowledge of disease management, report poorer health status, and are less likely to seek preventive services.

Health Literacy Missouri (HLM) was created by the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) Board of Directors in 2006 to combat low health literacy in the state. The goal of HLM is to become a national leader in health literacy.

Along with HLM, the Center for Health Policy envisions a future in which the policies and practices of Missouri institutions, as well as the public, promote understanding of health and medical information for everyone. This is accomplished with informed decision-making, health-enhancing actions, and improved health outcomes.

To date, the Center has jointly created a number of innovative health literacy training programs, including doctor/patient clinical simulation models, and continues to provide writing and editing services for plain language material development.

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