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Health Communication Language and Literacy

Easy to Read Materials

Plain Language Tips and Tools
From the federal Plain Language Action and Information Network, plain language (also called plain English) is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it.

Easy to Read Health Materials, National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus
From the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus, includes information on AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuberculosis, and Hepatitis. Available En Español.

How to Write Easy to Read Health Materials
From the National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus, includes how to plan and research, organize and write, evaluate and improve, and inform and stay informed. Available En Español.

CDC Clear Communication Index
A research-based tool to plan and assess public communication materials.


A Patient-Centered Guide to Implementing Language Access Services in Healthcare Organizations
From the Office of Minority Health, a guide to assist healthcare providers in improving access to care and eliminating healthcare disparities through language access services.

Language Services Resource Guide for Health Care Providers
From the National Health Law Program and the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, includes resources to develop a language services plan and symbols to use in healthcare settings.

Health Literacy

Health Literacy
From CDC, information and tools to improve health literacy and public health.

Health Literacy
From the Health Resources and Services Administration, information and resources on health literacy, which is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Health Literacy Style Manual
From Covering Kids & Families, suggestions for developing and improving applications, notices, and other print materials related to government programs for skilled readers as well as for those who struggle to read.

Numeracy: Health Literacy & Clear Communication for Numbers and Statistics Webinar
Learn the meaning and principles of numeracy and how to apply them within the framework of health literacy and plain language.