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Modern Language Association Language Map: A Map of Languages in the United States

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The MLA Language Map is intended for use by students, teachers, and anyone interested in learning about the linguistic and cultural composition of the United States. The MLA Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States Census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and three groups of less commonly spoken languages in the United States.

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Medline Plus: Health Literacy Webpage

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This webpage provides an overview of health literacy and a comprehensive list of resources on health literacy for both health care professionals and patients. Resources include tutorials for patients on improving health literacy, journal articles on health literacy, glossaries of common health terms, statistics on health literacy, and guides for children and seniors.

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Limited English Proficiency: A Federal Interagency Webpage

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LEP.gov promotes a positive and cooperative understanding of the importance of language access to federally conducted and federally assisted programs. This website supports fair, reasoned and consistent implementation of Executive Order 13166, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of1964, and the Title VI regulations regarding language access.

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Literacy Assessment Instruments

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This website lists and provides links to several of the health literacy assessment tools most commonly applied by researchers and clinical personnel in gauging patient-participant health literacy levels. The tools listed include the ABLE, LAD, NVS, NLS, REALD, REALM, REALM-R, SAHLSA, SILS, Slosson Oral Reading Test, TABLE, TOFHLA, and WRAT.

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IMIA Interpreter Rounds

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This webpage provides an explanation of the best practice of interpreter rounds identified in "Best Practice Recommendations for Hospital Based Interpreter Services" by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This webpage explains the importance of interpreter rounds and provides a list of essential protocols and guidance on the role of interpreters in a hospital setting.

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HRET Disparities Toolkit: A Toolkit for Collecting Race, Ethnicity, and Primary Language Information from Patients

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The Health Research and Educational Trust Disparities (HRET) Toolkit is a web-based tool that provides hospitals, health systems, clinics, and health plans information and resources for collecting race, ethnicity, and primary language data from patients.

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Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand Education Kit

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This toolkit can serve as a tool for informing physicians, health care professionals and patient advocates about health literacy. The health literacy kit includes two instructional videos and an in-depth manual for clinicians.

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Department of Health and Human Services Quick Guide to Health Literacy

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This online guide is for government employees, grantees and contractors, and community partners working in healthcare and public health fields.

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Better Diabetes Care: Improving Cultural Competency

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This practical online resource is designed to help health care professionals across the country make a difference in the way diabetes is prevented and treated. The section on cultural competency provides an overview on cultural competency in health care.

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AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center

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In order to support health literacy in pharmacy settings, the AHRQ has produced the Pharmacy Health Literacy Center website. The website includes health literacy tools such as a health literacy assessment guide, training programs for pharmacy staff, guides on creating pill cards, and a telephone reminder tool for refilling prescriptions on time.

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