Language culture and identity

Language, Culture, Identity, and Health Literacy

The language, culture and identity domain includes skills and knowledge associated with designing, developing, implementing and assessing communications for audiences with specific needs related to language and accessibility – all of which requires cultural awareness and respect for diverse perspectives. A Health Literacy Specialist (HLS) would:
  • Integrate health literacy in the development, implementation, and evaluation of language access plans and services provided by interpreters and translators. 
  • Adapt health literacy interventions to accommodate specific individual needs (e.g., low vision, cognitive impairment, behavioral health challenges).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultures, languages, and perspectives (e.g., rural, urban, adolescents, individuals who are hearing impaired).
  • Incorporate cultural factors and diverse perspectives into health literacy activities.

Take a self-guided tour of the Health Literacy Ecosystem

The Health Literacy Ecosystem offers an overview of the skills and knowledge, settings and sources, audiences, and communication formats that are foundational to our field. Navigate within and across spheres, or dive into a topic and connect to resources. We welcome your contributions.