Health Literacy

Health Literacy: Developing health information for low-literacy individuals or communities, especially those where limited English proficiency is a concern.

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Health Literacy Tool Kit: A Comprehensive Resource for Policy-Makers

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This toolkit provides policymakers with an overview of the issue of health literacy and its significance for health care outcomes. The toolkit includes issues briefs on health literacy barriers in Medicaid, improving health communication, and health literacy education strategies. Hard-copies of the toolkit include a documentary video from Pfizer entitled "The High Cost of Low Health Literacy."

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Department of Health and Human Services Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults

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This online guide is intended for health care professionals who serve older adults on health and aging issues. The guide provides background information on health literacy and strategies and suggestions for communicating with older adults. Links to other resources on older adults and health literacy are provided.

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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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Clear & Simple: Developing Effective Print Materials for Low-Literate Readers

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This online guide outlines a process for developing publications for people with limited-literacy skills. The process was derived from communications, health education, and literacy research and practice. In addition, writers who have produced low-literacy materials contributed their expertise.

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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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American Community Survey and Census Data on the Foreign Born by State

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This interactive map provides national and state-by-state data on immigrant populations from the national Census, the American Community Surveys (ACS), and the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). After choosing a state and selecting "Language and Education," users can find literacy statistics about immigrant and native-born populations.

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AHRQ Health Literacy Measurement Tools

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This Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) website provides a definition of health literacy and two downloadable AHRQ-funded health literacy tools: the REALM and the SAHLSA-50. The site explains how each tool should be used and provides instructions on how to administer and score the tools.

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Adult Literacy Estimates

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This web-based tool helps users determine adult literacy levels by state, county, county subdivision, congressional district and city or town. Additional information includes education level, English proficiency, occupation, race/ethnicity, and number of immigrants by percentage.

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"What Did the Doctor Say?:" Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety

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This white paper was produced by an expert roundtable panel that was asked to frame the issues that underlie the health literacy problem in health care and propose solutions for their resolution.

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