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Health Literacy Resources

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

Other Training Opportunities

Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand: The “Health Literacy Educational Toolkit, 2nd edition” has been pre-approved for CME credit through May 2012.

Health Literacy Institute: An annual conference offered by the Health Literacy Institute, Center for Health Policy, Planning & Research, University of New England, Portland, Maine.

Health Literacy Kit: The kit is designed as a self-study CME activity for physicians. Physicians may earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ by watching the instructional video, reading the manual for clinicians, studying the case discussions and completing the enclosed evaluation and post-test.

Online Tutorials & Continuing Education

Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals: The goal of Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals is to introduce participants to the fundamentals of health literacy and demonstrate the importance of health literacy within public health practice. 

Health Literacy: New Field, New Opportunities:  Discusses health literacy, its potential opportunities for professionals and successful strategies and practices.

Prescription for Information: Addressing Health Information Literacy: At the end of the tutorial, health professionals will be able to: Define health literacy and the challenges patients face, recognize the impact low health literacy has on patient care, list strategies to improve health information literacy and describe health literacy services provided by medical libraries.

Program for Readability in Science and Medicine (PRISM): Many consent forms are written at college level, while the average American adult reads at the 8th-grade level. To help address this problem, the University of Washington’s Institute for Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) and Group Health Research Institute have jointly produced this Web course in using plain language for health research.

Understanding Medical Words:A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine: This tutorial teaches you about medical words. You'll learn about how to put together parts of medical words. You'll also find quizzes to see what you've learned.

Unified Health Communication (UHC): Addressing Health Literacy, Cultural Competency, and Limited English Proficiency: A free, online, go-at-your-own-pace training to help health care professionals and students improve patient-provider communication.

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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