Health Literacy Training, Consultation and Resources
Literacy, Inc., makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information
provided in the California Health Literacy Initiative Resource
Education Resources for Adult Educators and Health Care Professionals
site was designed to teach both consumers and health care providers
about online cancer resources, basic internet skills, and credible
cancer Websites. Updated and easy-to-read cancer information is
provided particularly for underserved communities.
California Family Health Council, Inc. (CFHC)
Both Resource Centers of the EPA
Division of CFHC provide health education information and resources
to California healthcare providers, health educators, and advocates,
so they may in turn promote and maintain the health and well being
of California families and communities. They
have an extensive database of patient education materials and
every resource is evaluated for content accuracy, reading level
and cultural appropriateness. Patient education materials are
available in diverse languages. Click on "Resources."
Charlottesville Public Schools: ESL Health Curriculum
This 10-unit multi-level curriculum focuses on developing civics
awareness and participation with regard to health. It is committed
to being student-generated and reliant upon student input.
East Boston Harborside Community
Center (EBHCC): Health Lessons
This is one of 38 community centers in Boston established by former
Mayor Kevin White. ESL Lessons for Levels 3 and 4 include health
curriculum ideas and Spanish health and nutrition curriculums. http://www.ci.boston.ma.us/bra/JCS/Programs.asp?action= ViewProgram&Program_ID=1159
El Paso Community College: Collaborative
Health Literacy Curriculum
These lessons were developed to meet the educational and health
needs of the students attending classes in the school’s
Community Education Program. While the needs of the students and
the information and services available to them may vary from community
to community, these lessons provide a useful guide.
This site connects to E-Square (Electronic Square), an electronic
village specifically for adults learning English or learning to
improve their literacy/basic education skills. It has centers
for health, jobs, child-care, computer skills, civics and home
buying. The "Health Center" features student writings
about a variety of health issues.
Ethnic Medicine Information from Harborview Medical Center
The EthnoMed site contains information about cultural beliefs,
medical issues, and other issues pertinent to the health care
of recent immigrants to Seattle or other parts of the United States.
Expecting the Best
This is a program that teaches adults with limited English language
skills about health and well-being through English as a Second
Language (ESL) classes. It is North Carolina's first statewide
program that addresses health literacy and health communication
issues. It was developed with the help of health care providers
who sought to improve the quality of counseling and health education
given to patients with limited English proficiency.
This site contains free audio, written, and multimedia health
education materials in a number of languages.
River Center: Health Promotion for Adult Literacy Students
“Health Promotion for Adult Literacy Students: An Empowering
Approach” is an award-winning instructional package that
helps involve students in health issues. Each topic includes an
instructional guide, a student workbook, and an audiotape to be
used with the workbook. (Scroll down to "Health Promotion for Adult Literacy Students: An Empowering Approach").
for Healthcare Advancement: What To Do Health Series
The Institute for Healthcare Advancement, under a grant from the
State of Louisiana, has developed a comprehensive, multi-level
curriculum. This curriculum, available for free, is a complete
resource for teaching basic reading skills using the four-book
series, What To Do For Health. These books were written to provide
basic, necessary health care information in an easy-to-read, easy-to-use
Center for ESL Literacy Education: Picture Stories for Adult ESL
These lessons help ESOL instructors use health topics to work
with beginning students. With minimal use of words, an idea is
conveyed that allows students to discuss difficult topics, ask
questions, and obtain information.
Institute for Literacy: Health & Literacy Special Collection
The Health & Literacy Special Collection is for teachers,
students, health educators, or anyone interested in health education
for people with limited literacy skills.
Network of Libraries of Medicine: Consumer Health Online Manual
The first portion of this bibliography contains print resources
that discuss either methods to assess the patient's reading ability
or how to evaluate the readability of materials. Some articles
or chapters discuss both topics. The second portion of this bibliography
contains Web resources that discuss health literacy. Sources linking
people to information for patients with low literacy levels and
to easy-to-read patient handouts are listed.
and the Pregnant Adolescent: A Practical Reference Guide
Written as a resource for health professionals, the overall goal
of this book is to promote the health and nutritional status of
pregnant adolescents and to achieve optimal pregnancy outcomes.
It focuses on clinical application of current knowledge on adolescent
pregnancy emphasizing assessment, management, counseling approaches
and strategies to promote dietary change and adequate weight gain. http://www.epi.umn.edu/let/pubs/nmpa.shtm
Partnership for Clear Health Communication:
Ask Me 3
The Partnership for Clear Health Communication is a coalition
of national organizations that are working together to promote
awareness and solutions around the issue of low health literacy
and its effect on health outcomes.
PBS Parents: Talking With Kids About Health
site offers communication strategies for parents when dealing
with the dentist or doctor.
Pfizer Inc.: Clear Health Communication Initiative
Pfizer has taken a leadership role in advocating for Clear Health
Communication. All health care information providers have a responsibility
to ensure that the information given to patients is communicated
in a way that is understandable and truly accessible.
The primary goal of HealthCOMM is to serve students, scholars,
and practitioners with a focal point for information relevant
to the research, study, teaching, and application of health communication.
Within the pages of this web site you will discover current news
about, or valuable links to, various institutions that offer degrees,
courses, or services related to health communication. Information
includes faculty research interests, institutional foci, and corresponding
internet addresses. http://www.healthcommunication.net
Stanford University: Stanford Nutrition
Action Program (SNAP)
The goal of the Stanford Nutrition Action Program (SNAP) was to
design a curriculum that would address nutrition issues and stimulate
reduction of dietary fat. The SNAP curriculum combines interactive
teaching techniques and behavior change methods to successfully
teach and stimulate the interest of low-literate, low-income populations
to overcome barriers to reducing fat. This curriculum is available
System for Basic Education Support
(SABES): Health Page
This site, offered by the System for Basic Education Support (SABES),
is a resource for adult educators interested in making connections
between health and literacy. The site also provides hands-on resources,
such as curricula, to help strengthen these links through learner-centered
work. It reflects five years of innovative and creative work done
in Massachusetts around integrating health education into ABE
/ ESOL. http://www.sabes.org/health/index.htm
University of Utah Hospitals and
Clinics: Patient Education Materials
The Patient Education Materials Web site outlines resources you
can call upon to help you develop written materials for patients
and their families, and provides some basic tips for effective
patient teaching. Several hundred patient education materials
are cataloged and most internally produced. A “Patient Education
Resources” search page is also available. http://www.med.utah.edu/pated/
University of Virginia: Building a Health Literacy Curriculum
The content in this site is intended to help medical schools develop
their own needs-specific Health Literacy curriculum.
Adult Learning Resource Center: Adult Education Toolkit
This toolkit, created by the Virginia Adult Learning Resource
Center, is a resource to help adult education instructors and
administrators better understand the problem of health literacy
as it affects their learners. It is designed to support creative
approaches to help learners increase health literacy as they engage
in sound, productive adult literacy instruction. Information and
resources are provided to educate the educator about health care
in the United States and cultural issues relating to health, and
to simplify the creation of health lessons and curricula for teachers.
Literacy Network: Visiting the Doctor, Lessons in Language and
This Web site allows ESL students to practice the language needed
to get medical care. Students can also send in their own writing
on health topics and see it published here.
Education: Health and Literacy Compendium
The Health and Literacy Compendium is an annotated bibliography
of print and Web-based health materials for use with limited-literacy
adults. The Compendium was developed by World Education in collaboration
with the National Institute for Literacy.
Language Tools and Services
Learn about the easy-to-read and understand teaching and learning
guides for parents of children ages 0 to 3. Books are available
the Brochure: Alternative Approaches to Effective Health Communication
This booklet is designed to help educators identify means of providing
education to limited literacy audiences that do not rely upon
printed words. It includes information on adapting, developing,
and testing materials.
California Family Health Council,
The EPA Division of CFHC offers training and consultation services
to help health care proviers communicate clearly with patients
in multiethnic and multicultural settings.
Clear Language Group (CLG)
The CLG is a national consortium of experienced health literacy,
plain language, and cross-cultural communication specialists.
The CLG provides a broad variety of services including tailored
presentations and workshops; materials review and development;
consulting and coaching; web site assessment and writing; and
audience research and field testing.
Through its many programs and services, Health Literacy Consulting
teaches health professionals ways to communicate so that patients,
families, and employees can understand.
Health Promotion Council of Southeastern Pennsylvania: Health
The Health Literacy Project (HLP) was started in 1988 to close
the communication gap between low income, high-risk consumers
and their providers. It currently offers consultation services
regionally and nationally. HLP staff consults with pharmaceutical
companies, managed care organizations, government agencies as
well as medical and social service providers.
State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Public Health:
Tools for Evaluating Written and Audiovisual Nutrition Education
Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa Department of Public
Health jointly developed two guides and evaluation forms to help
nutrition educators, public health nutritionists, and others select
educationalmaterials that best meet the needs of target audiences.
Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center Pictograph Research
Project: Developing Ways to Communicate Large Amounts of Medical Information to
Non Literate Persons
This research project uses pictographs (pictures that represent
an idea) to communicate health information. It contains 192 pictographs
of actions to manage fever and sore mouth due to cancer treatment
and actions to manage HIV symptoms of nausea, diarrhea, fatigue,
depression, and spread of HIV infections.
http://www.hopkinskimmelcancercenter.org/ kpr/ patient_family_health_professionals.cfm
New Hampshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
This center promotes excellence in the health care system of northern
New Hampshire through support of community and academic partnerships
for training, continuing education and access to information resources.
The services include evaluating the readability level of print
materials, re-writing health information for the public at an
easy-to-read level and creating new easy-to-read documents. http://www.nnhahec.org/health_literacy.html
Language Action & Information Network
The Plain Language Action & Information Network is a government-wide
group of volunteers working to improve communications from the
federal government to the public.
Plain Language Association International
This site provides free plain-language articles, writing tutorials,
Web links, news, networking opportunities, professional support,
and an email discussion group.
Plain Language Initiative
This initiative requires the use of plain language in all new
documents written for the public, other government entities and
fellow workers. Writing that is clear and to the point helps improve
communication between the government and the public since clear
material takes less time to read and understand.
of New England: Area Health Education Center
Translate complexity into vibrant plain language supported by
appealing messages and design. Learn how to use vibrant plain
language that serves everyone.
of Minnesota Extension Service: Writing for a Changing World,
Reaching Low Literacy Audiences with Print Material
This brochure features writing tips and resources designed to
help Cooperative Extension staff communicate health messages to
audiences with limited literacy skills.
Health Outreach Services
Health Promotion Council of Southeastern
The Health Promotion Council's mission is to promote health and
prevent disease, especially among those at greatest risk, through
education, outreach and advocacy. Its unique programs and innovative
work with minority groups, have advanced the field of health promotion
in Southeastern Pennsylvania and across the nation.
Healthy People Library Project
The Healthy People Library Project is a five-year project to bring
the latest information about biomedical research to the nation’s
16,000 public libraries. The project is designed to provide minority
groups and other consumers easy access to current, reliable information
on selected health topics at their local libraries.
As part of Heartland Alliance’s mission to advance the human rights and to respond to the human needs of endangered populations, it provides several services to promote the health and well being of members of those populations. This link leads to a full program list.
Learners' Lives as Curriculum: Six
Journeys to Immigrant Literacy by Gail Weinstein
This 88-page guide outlines a model for creating curricula that
are truly based on the lives of the learners. It explains how
to use directed listening to elicit a learner-generated text,
and then how to transform the text into lessons and eventually,
thematic units. This is available for purchase via the Delta website.
National Center for Farmworker Health
The center has been serving migrant health clinics by providing
information and materials since 1980. It contains over 200 distributable
items, from slide shows to patient educational tools and videos.
They have in stock many governmental publications that address
the needs of farmworkers and those who serve them, such as guides
on pesticide handling and heat stress, as well as, bilingual educational
curricula and handouts.
United States Department of Health
and Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration
Search for community health centers near you. Through a nationwide
network of community and migrant health centers, health care programs
for the homeless, and primary care programs for public housing
projects, HRSA provides a full range of preventive and primary
health care services for medically underserved rural and urban
communities. Telephone: (888) ASK-HRSA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ask.hrsa.gov/Community.cfm
Department of Health: Primary Care and Rural Health Website
This office is a health resource for Utah's rural, multicultural
and underserved communities. They coordinate federal, state, and
local efforts aimed at improving the health of Utah's rural, medically
underserved, and multicultural residents. They work with communities
that need assistance by conducting needs assessments, recruiting
health care professionals, writing grants, identifying sources
of funding and implementing other projects related to decreasing
disparity and increasing access to primary health care. http://health.utah.gov/primarycare/