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PIAAC-Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies
Building on knowledge gained from previous international adult assessments, the PIAAC study, released in 2013, compares different counties as to literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.  Included is information on the relationship of these factors to health status.

National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL)
In response to a demand for estimates of the percentage of adults with low literacy in individual states and counties, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) produced estimates of the percentage of adults lacking Basic Prose Literacy Skills (BPLS) for all states and counties in the United States in 2003 and 1992. These estimates were developed using statistical models that related estimated percentages of adults lacking BPLS in counties sampled for the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) and the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey (NALS) to county characteristics, such as levels of educational attainment and race/ethnicity distributions.

Measures to Assess a Health Literate Organization
This study published by Vanderbilt Center for Effective Health Communication describes current measures used to assess organizational health literacy (OHL) and what organizations are currently doing to assess OHL. 

Health Literacy Tool Shed
A database of health literacy measures