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Category: Public health practice

See Who’s Talking About Health Literacy

In the last two weeks, two of the most prominent U.S. health officials addressed the importance of health literacy in achieving the Nation’s health objectives. In a blog about minority health progress, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said that “If we want health equity, we need to make health literacy Read More >

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Health Literacy Basics: Who is the Audience and What is the Purpose?

In his book The Checklist Manifesto, Dr. Atul Gawande argues that people, even experts, often skip basic, critical steps that can determine success or failure in a project or task. He proposes that people use checklists to increase the accuracy and consistency of their performance.  Checklists draw our attention to all the elements in a Read More >

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Health Literacy Sessions at National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media

This week marks the Sixth National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media in Atlanta, Georgia. Each August, health communicators, educators, social marketers, media specialists, and other public health professionals discuss the state of the science in communicating about health.   Once again, the conference includes a 3.5 hour workshop on health literacy as part Read More >

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Health Literacy Outcomes and Public Health

How do we know that focusing on health literacy makes a difference?  The passing of Len Doak, co-author of the classic text Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills, places this question in a personal context. The question is also relevant for health research, evaluation and policy. Policymakers, managers, project funders, and professional and administrative staff Read More >

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Limited Health Literacy and Public Health Practice

If you work in public health, you probably have experience with the impact of limited health literacy on your everyday work. Public health communicators are responsible for getting out vital information.  This information is often technical or unfamiliar to the public at large and to specific groups affected by a public health threat. We may Read More >

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