We work to generate transformative change.

We believe health literacy initiatives will decrease healthcare costs while increasing healthcare efficiency, and break down barriers to health equity while building up a healthy population. 


To support patient-centered educational opportunities, guide outreach activities, and create partnerships to advance health literacy and improve health outcomes.
VISION: All Alabamians will have the understanding they need to make informed health decisions and achieve their best possible health.


The CDC’s health literacy web site provides information, tools, and links on health literacy research, practice, and evaluation for public health topics and situations.

The Alabama Health Literacy Initiative is linked on the CDC’s State Activities page which includes state and local collaborations and academic, government and non-profit organizations with a health literacy focus. The information and resources listed are selected to be most useful to public health and clinical researchers and practitioners, health communicators, health educators and community organization staff.


In 2016, an Executive Order by the Governor created the Health Literacy Partnership of Alabama; the work of the partnership concluded in February 2017 and produced a strategic plan to begin efforts to improve health literacy in Alabama. In order to advance the work of the strategic plan, the Partnership recommended a new organization be formed by collaborating with an established nonprofit organization. Co-leads for the Initiative are Joy Deupree, Chair and Nan Dunlap, Co-chair, Anne Schmidt, Medical Director at BCBS and Wes Smith, CEO at the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation.

The Health Literacy Partnership of Alabama works in partnership with the Alabama Health Action Coalition (AL-HAC), a voluntary, state-wide collaboration formed in 2012 as a state initiative of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. AL-HAC is afforded its 501(c)3 status through the the Alabama Health Research and Education Foundation and works to improve the health status of all Alabamians.