Some of our favorite links…
Center for Plain Language Supports those who use plain language, trains those who should use plain language, and advocates for government and business documents to be clear and easy to understand.
Health.gov/communication Resources and tools for improving health literacy and health communication from the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP), including the Quick Guide to Health Literacy.
Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion This report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) examines the body of knowledge that applies to the field of health literacy and recommends actions to promote a health-literate society.
Health Literacy Online: A Guide to Writing and Designing Easy-to-Use Health Web Sites A research-based guide for health professionals and Web developers based on best practices in usability and health literacy.
National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy The action plan contains 7 goals, each with specific strategies to improve health literacy. The strategies are aimed at different sectors of the health system, such as payers, the media, government agencies, educators, and health care professionals.
PlainLanguage.gov Designed to improve communication from the federal government to the public, this Web site contains excellent tools and examples of plain language.
Society for Public Health Education Provides leadership to the profession of health education through advocacy, continuing education, and networking opportunities.
Usability.gov Your resource for creating usable, useful, and accessible Web sites. This site contains information, guidelines, and checklists for conducting usability testing and user-centered design.