Health Literacy Resources
Webinar: Health Literacy in Context - A Non-Clinical Framework for Research and Intervention. To view slides click here. To listen access archived webinar click here.
New Resource- A Must Read
Health Literacy: The Solid
Facts 73 pages
This accessible report from W.H.O Europe distills the evidence on
health literacy as a fundamental component of pursing health and well being in
a modern society, and as a determinant of health. Focus is on practical and effective ways advocates and
frontline practitioners are taking action to strengthen people’s health
literacy in everyday settings where people live, work, play, and learn. The
report presents evidence on how actions in a range of settings and sectors can
combine to empower and enable people to make sound health decisions and carry them out in the context of
Favorite line: Health
literacy means empowerment. p22
SAM Guide to selecting or producing health education materials that work This 36 page guide to selecting and producing health education materials
that work for a particular audience uses the SAM Suitability Assessment
of Materials with examples from the Beginnings Pregnancy Guide.
The SAM synthesizes mounds of research on adult learning to rate
materials on 21 factors known to affect comprehension and usability of
information. It produces a a score that is useful for comparing
materials under consideration and for evaluating information under
development.Click here to download.
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Consumers, the health system and health literacy:
Taking action to improve safety and quality.
The Worldwide Universities Health Literacy Network met for two days in
conjunction with the Global Public Health Challenge in Southampton,
England May 19-23, 2012. Sandra Smith presented a summary of the Center
for Health Literacy Promotion's action research program on promoting
maternal health literacy as means of preventing non-communicable disease
at the foundation of personal and public health. View the slides and read Dr Smith's commentary. Some findings are preliminary. All materials are copyrighted. For more information on the research see Research Summaries. At the First Annual Research Meeting at the University of Washington
Tower Sandra Smith presented a scientific poster on preliminary results
of a study on the impacts of maternal depression on mothers’ health
literacy in the context of home visitation. To view the poster click here.
Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills-Second Edition
by Doak, Doak, & Root, 1996
Engaging Differences in Healthcare
Sandra Smith October 2006
To read the text click here.
Boston University Health Literacy Research Conference
2010 Conference Proceedings
Literacy Works strengthens the quality of adult literacy, parent education, and workforce development programs through a variety of trainings for professionals and volunteer tutors. Each year, nearly 1,000 trainees at community-based organizations gain knowledge and confidence to enhance the work they do with over 15,000 adult learners.
AHRQ Innovations Exchange
Home Visits Using Reflective Approach Improve Functional Health Literacy Among Low-Income Pregnant Women and New Parents
Nearly nine out of 10 adults have difficulty using everyday health
information to make good health decisions. The IOM Roundtable on Health
Literacy held a meeting on May 27, 2010, to explore areas for research
in health literacy, the relationship between health literacy and health
disparities, and ways to apply information technology to improve health
*Sandra Smith is a reviewer for this publication
Patient Education Blog: No Time To Teach-The Essence of Patient & Family Education for Health Care Providers
Health Literacy Institute
The premier learning opportunity in plain language health communication
Health Literacy Special Collection
Tools and resources for Health Literacy initiatives
The Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective is a health literacy resource from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
This National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
seeks to engage organizations, professionals, policymakers,
communities, individuals, and families in a linked, multisector effort
to improve health literacy.
Webinar: “Mining the web: Useful internet resources on health, culture and diversity.” Download the presentation slides and the resource document at http://www.diversityrx.org/events/webinar12 Future webinars are in the works! Presented Julia Puebla Fortier, Executive Director of DiversityRx
National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved
Parents as Teachers National Center, St. Louis: Missouri Parents as Teachers (PAT) Functional Health Literacy Demonstration Project
project will integrate health literacy education into its PAT
home-based parent education program. This program will increase:
- PAT parent educators’ knowledge of functional health literacy (FHL).
parent educators’ (PE) ability to accurately and comprehensively assess
families’ health literacy needs and improve ability to triage resources
- Functional health literacy in participating PAT families in Butler County, MO.
County Health Rankings Show There is More to Health Than Health Care-How
healthy is your county? A new set of reports rank the overall health of
nearly every county in the nation, confirming for the second year the
critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, environment
and access to health care play in how healthy people are and how long
NLM updated the Health Literacy Special Query See more “preformulated” searches on PubMed online at
Any way they are defined, any way they
are measured, health and literacy are inextricably linked. Parents’ literacy is
a determinant of child health. Low literacy is a barrier to delivery of
healthcare services and home visitation services. Achieving family goals and
program goals for health, school readiness, healthy child development, and
self-sufficiency depends on parents’ ability to use information and resources.
For these reasons, literacy should be a priority for all MCH home visiting
Demographic and caseload changes related to culturally/linguistically
diverse (CLD) populations require cultural competence in order to
provide clinically competent services. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association resources were developed to
help you reflect on your current level of cultural competence to
increase and improve service delivery.
A series of checklists were developed to heighten your awareness of providing services to CLD populations.
Health plans need culturally and
linguistically appropriate materials for non-English speaking patients.
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Click here to read more. To download the original document click here.
Health Literacy Resources
Attributes of a Health Literate Organization
To download the document click here.
Free Online Course - Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals
Gateway to Health Communication & Social Marketing Practice
Clear Communication: A NIH Health Literacy Initiative
Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit
HRSA-Culture, Language and Health Literacy
Health Literacy and Communities Seminar-15th October 2010 at LSBU
Health Literacy Screening Tools - HIV Guidelines
Systems Practices for the Care of Socially at Risk Populations
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