Healthy Cleveland's Health Literacy Committee

Healthy Cleveland's Health Literacy Committee

The mission of the Health Literacy Committee is to improve the health of Clevelanders by making health information easy to understand and use.

You have a key role to play in your own health. Please take the time to understand health and the importance of health insurance. Because your health matters. A healthier you makes a healthier Cleveland.

How we aim to achieve our mission:

  1. Promote health literacy best practices for providers and organizations through training and consultation.

  2. Provide health literacy resources and training to community members.

What is Health Literacy?

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions and to access the services needed to prevent or treat illness.

National data indicates that up to 80% of medical information is forgotten by patients, and about half of the information they do remember is incorrect. Low health literacy levels are linked to poor health outcomes and lower usage rates of preventive services.

Never be afraid to ask your doctor for clarification if you are unsure about health information being told to you-your health matters!

Health Literacy Basics

Check out this Health Literacy Training webinar that can help us become more aware of health literacy principles and use them ourselves as we work towards creating a Healthy Cleveland!

Health Insurance Help

Health insurance can be complicated. That's why people can't wait to get their hands on this thing! View, print, or download our recently released health insurance guide today. Click here to view the guide:

More information about our committee:


Karen Komondor
Director, Organizational Development, Health Literacy Institute
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Point of Contact:

Karen Komondor
Director, Organizational Development, Health Literacy Institute
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

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Active Member Organizations:

American Heart Association

Asian Services in Action, Inc.


Carmella Rose Health Foundation

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Center for Health Affairs

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Office of Minority Health

Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland State University College of Health Sciences

Health Action Council

Medical Mutual


Molina Healthcare

Moms First

Saint Vincent Charity

Seeds of Literacy


United Way Cleveland 2-1-1

University Hospitals – Seidman Cancer Center