Office of Disease Prevention and Promotion - This resource is a tool for developing actionable, usable websites and digital tools to effectively reach those with limited literacy or health literacy skills.
Boston University - This is an online database of health literacy measures. The site contains information about measures, including their psychometric properties, based on a review of the peer-reviewed literature.
Investigating the current state of health literacy in Canada including recommendations on future research, policy and programming initiatives.
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Health Literacy by R.A. Logan (Editor); E. R. Siegel (Editor)While health literacy is a relatively new multidisciplinary field, it is vital to the successful engagement with and communication of health with patients, caregivers, and the public.This book 'New Directions in Health Literacy Research, Theory, and Practice' provides an introduction to health literacy research and practice and highlights similar scholarship in related disciplines. The book is organized as follows: the first chapter explains the still-evolving definition of health literacy; the next three chapters discuss developments and new directions in health literacy research, then a further two chapters are devoted to developments and new directions in health literacy theory. Two chapters explore health literacy interventions for vulnerable populations; four chapters cover health literacy leadership efforts; six chapters describe developments and new directions in disciplines that are similar to health literacy; and six chapters portray diverse health literacy practices. A preface from Richard Carmona M.D., the former U.S. Surgeon General, is included in the book.Although the book is intended primarily for health literacy researchers, practitioners and students, the diverse topics and approaches covered will be of interest to all healthcare and public health researchers, practitioners, and students, as well as scholars in related fields, such as health communication, science communication, consumer health informatics, library science, health disparities, and mass communication. As Dr. Carmona concludes in his preface: 'This is essential reading for all health practitioners.'
Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works by Janice RedishAuthor, Ginny Redish is a world-renowned expert on information design and how to produce clear writing in plain language for the web. All of the invaluable information that she shared in the first edition is included with numerous new examples. New information on content strategy for web sites, search engine optimization (SEO), and social media make this once again the only book you need to own to optimize your writing for the web.
This Toolkit, created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, provides a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help you make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use.