A Healthy Understanding
Dr. Karen Hacker welcomed to Allegheny County by RHLC leadership team

About Us

Health Literacy, Plain and Simple

The Regional Health Literacy Coalition is a trusted resource that health care providers and the public can turn to for best practices in health literacy information.


The Regional Health Literacy Coalition promotes health literacy and helps providers and patients find ways to better understand each other by:
  • Working with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and others in southwestern PA to raise awareness about health literacy
  • Identifying best practices and ensuring that community partners have the tools necessary to effect positive change in health literacy
  • Developing meaningful policy options related to health literacy using evidence-based research.


RHLC is working to make our regional health care system more person-centered, health literate and easy to use for all by the year 2020. The Coalition uses the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2010 National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy as a model.


In 2010, the University of Pittsburgh's Institute of Politics (IOP) held a town hall meeting to talk about health literacy. As a result, regional health and human service leaders came together with a goal to improve health literacy in our region. They invited others to join them. That group is known as the Regional Health Literacy Coalition.

Help others learn more about RHLC with this brochure. 

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Regional Health Literacy Coalition
500 Commonwealth Drive
Warrendale, PA 15086