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Plain Language Matters Blog

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This blog out of the Center for Plain Language focuses on plain language, a method of writing that makes materials quick and easy to understand for the intended audience.  This blog posts current information relevant for professionals implementing plain language in their organizations.  Topics include advocacy, finance, government, health care, legal, and plain writing laws.

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Start a Plain Language Initiative in Your Organization: A step-by-step approach

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This resource from the Center for Plain Language offers a ten step approach for starting a plain language initiative in any organization.  Plain language is a method of writing materials so that the intended audience can read the materials quickly and easily.  Plain Language is audience defined so the definition of 'plain' depends on the intended audience.

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Plain Language: Improving Communication from the Federal Government to the Public

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This website developed by and for federal employees promotes and supports the use of plain language for all federal communications. The website provides an overview of plain language - communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it - as well as tools and tips for implementing plain language.

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Health Literacy Practices in Primary Care Settings: Examples From the Field

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This report presents findings from a 2005 study in which the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved first did an online survey of health care facilities across the country and then followed it up with visits to five selected sites for staff and patient interviews.

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Clear Communication: An NIH Health Literacy Initiative

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Clear Communication is an NIH initiative focused on improving health literacy by providing information, educational products, research, and lessons learned on health literacy to improve cultural competence.

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Plain Language: A Promising Strategy for Clearly Communicating Health Information and Improving Health Literacy

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This online issue brief describes why plain language is a promising strategy for clearly communicating health information and improving health literacy.

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