Health Literacy Resources

Featured Sites:

Health Literacy Wisconsin
Health Literacy Wisconsin is a division of Wisconsin Literacy, a nonprofit coalition representing a membership of 62 community-based literacy agencies. Wisconsin Literacy is recognized nationally for raising awareness of the importance of health literacy skills and fostering two-way communication between adult literacy agencies and healthcare providers.

 

"Health Literacy 101" - 2 minute video which provides an overview of the issue, its consequences and what you can do about it.

 

"You Can't Tell By Looking" - the AMA health literacy video

20-minute version

4-minute version

Patient/Education: General

Ask Me 3
Ask Me 3 is a patient education program designed to promote communication between health care providers and patients in order to improve health outcomes. The program encourages patients to understand the answers to three questions. 1. What is my main problem? 2. What do I need to do? 3. Why is it important for me to do this?

MedlinePlus.gov Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you up-to-date and reliable information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in any easy-to-understand language. You learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Easy-to-Read – a list of easy-to-read materials by condition

See also:

Evaluating Health Information
Millions of consumers get health information from magazines, TV or the Internet. Some of the information is reliable and up to date; some is not. How can you tell the good from the bad?

Interactive Tutorials
Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions. Also learn about surgeries, prevention and wellness. Each tutorial includes animated graphics, audio and easy-to-read language.

Patient Rights
Learn about your rights as a patient

Talking to your Doctor Tips on how to talk to your health care provider

Understanding Medical Research
How to evaluate medical research

Medspeak
Developed by the Medical Library Association to help translate common "medspeak" terms. Conditions include breast cancer, diabetes, heart disease, eye disease, HIV/AIDS, and stroke.

NIH SeniorHealth
This easy-to-use website features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. Use the buttons at the top of each page to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.

 

Patient/Education: Specific Examples

Diabetes materials Easy-to-Read from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse

Professional Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) Tools for Addressing Health Literacy -Tools that can help patients increase their health literacy skills and clinicians decrease health literacy demands.

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) Pharmacy Health Literacy Center - This site provides pharmacists with recently released health literacy tools and other resources. 

American Medical Association Health Literacy Toolkit and Video
Using a multimedia approach focused on health professionals, the American Medical Association (AMA) uses real-life scenarios and statistics to address the problems of health literacy.

Association of Clinicians for the Underserved - Health Literacy - ACU is committed to ensuring that safety net providers have access to current, appropriate knowledge, innovations and strategies; and possess the skills and competencies to provide quality care and patient safety in the most cost-efficient manner. ACU furthermore supports the concepts of patient-centeredness and patient activation in its efforts to provide information, resources, and tools to providers who diligently work to provide health care homes to the increasing number of medically underserved and the most disadvantaged while respecting a patient’s dignity and cultural beliefs. As a result of this commitment, all of its programs, initiatives and activities are examined taking into consider the implications of three cross-cutting issues - health literacy, language access and cultural competency

Health Literacy Toolkit
Developed by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NN/LM SE/A), this toolkit has an annotated bibliography with articles, booklets and brochures, books, cultural and diversity resources, presentations, toolkits, websites, useful examples, and tests and assessments for health literacy.

Health Literacy Wisconsin
Health Literacy Wisconsin is a division of Wisconsin Literacy, a nonprofit coalition representing a membership of 62 community-based literacy agencies. Wisconsin Literacy is recognized nationally for raising awareness of the importance of health literacy skills and fostering two-way communication between adult literacy agencies and healthcare providers.

Resources
Including action plans, tools, training programs, and assessment

General Health Literacy Resources

Health Literacy Videos

Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit

MedlinePlus.gov
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you up-to-date and reliable information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in any easy-to-understand language. You learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

Easy-to-Read
A list of easy-to-read materials by condition

Health Literacy