North Carolina Program on Health Literacy

Health literacy has become a major focus of research and practice at UNC-CH. In 2007, the Sheps Center for Health Services Research established the Program on Health Literacy to promote collaboration and dissemination across the UNC-CH campus and beyond. The Program on Health Literacy represents a collaborative effort of the UNC Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Education as well as community organizations and neighboring universities. The group’s overarching goal is to further health literacy collaborations among university disciplines to improve health outcomes. Stakeholder meetings are held annually to review local research and programmatic initiatives, consider the current understanding of health literacy from academic and practical perspectives, and discuss a way to move forward collectively. Grant writing expertise and support is offered to faculty for literacy-based proposals.