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Health Literacy Resources

Use this guide to locate Web resources related to health literacy, and health communications

Syllabi & Power Points

Health Literacy: Syllabus for a health literacy class at The Ohio State University.

Health Literacy: Can the Public be Healthy Without It? Lesson plan from Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Health Literacy Powerpoint: From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Health Literacy Syllabus: Health Literacy Seminar from Tufts School of Medicine.

Integrating Health Literacy into Professional Education: Syllabi for the following classes: Health Literacy Graduate Course, Communications in Health Care Settings, Communication Strategies for Health Education and Health Promotion.

Resources from the Medical Library Association

Toolkits for Educators & Trainers

Communicating Health Information Literacy: A communications plan for teaching consumers, health advocates, educators and health care providers about health literacy.

ESL Health and Wellness Curriculum: Health and wellness curriculum for English as a Second Language (ESL) students designed to improve health literacy, functional literacy, and enhance English communication skills. Curriculum covers topics such as how to seek emergency care and schedule a doctor's appointment.

Guide to Health Education Materials for Adults with Limited English Literacy Skills: Health education materials and Web sites appropriate for use with people from different cultures and adults with limited literacy skills.

Health Education Literacy Program (HELP) Instructor's Guide: Provides lessons to teach adult basic education students about medicine safety. Each lesson is designed to promote health education along with basic literacy skill development. The goal of the lessons is to give students the information necessary to be more proactive about their health care.

Health Literacy Improvement: Links to numerous resources, including sample action plans, tool-kits for trainers, Power Point slides and reports.

Health Literacy Kit: The AMA Foundation's primary tool for informing physicians, health care professionals and patient advocates about health literacy.

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit: Offers primary care practices a way to assess their services for health literacy considerations, raise awareness of the entire staff, and work on specific areas.

Helping Older Adults Search for Health Information Online: A Toolkit for Trainers: Developed by the National Institute on Aging. Trainers can use the toolkit with beginning and intermediate users of the Web. Includes a video, lesson plans and training tools.

Integrating Health Literacy into Adult Education: Four Study Circles intended to enhance practitioner understanding of health literacy issues. Topics addressed are Skills for Health Care Access and Navigation, Skills for Chronic Disease Management, Skills for Disease Prevention and Screening, and Designing Lessons, Units, and Evaluation Plans for an Integrated Curriculum.

Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults: This guide is for people who serve older adults on health and aging issues; provides background information on health literacy and strategies and suggestions for communicating with older adults.

Resources for Health and Information Professionals: This curriculum was developed as part of the Medical Library Association's Health Information Literacy Research Project under a contract with the National Library of Medicine. It includes a Powerpoint slide show, a detailed script, notes for presenters, background reading, and tips for librarians. There are two versions that can be used with health care professionals in your institution.

Strategies To Improve Communication Between Pharmacy Staff and Patients: Designed to introduce pharmacists to the problem of low health literacy in patient populations and to identify the implications of this problem for the delivery of health care services. The program also explains techniques that pharmacy staff members can use to improve communication with patients who may have limited health literacy skills.

Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills: The book is now considered a classic text in health literacy. It covers a wide range of topics, including educational theories, tests for literacy skills, assessments of the suitability of materials, as well as discussion & examples of understandable visuals.

Teaching & Training Materials: From the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy, these materials are designed for teachers and professional development staff.

Thank You

Thank you to Adrianne Leonardelli and the Duke University Medical Center Library. This Resource Guide was based on information from the Duke University Medical Center Guide on Health Literacy.

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