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Bridging the Health Literacy Gap Posts

Taking Stock of Health Literacy Activities in 2015

Another October and Health Literacy Month observance has come and gone, and we approach the end of a calendar year and all the stock-taking that often goes along with that. Many familiar events took place once again in 2015. Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, a bi-annual event that draws national and international attendance and shares practice-based Read More >

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What’s Special about May 7, 2015?

The stars seem to have aligned to make May 7, 2015, a banner day for health literacy activities in the U.S. Simultaneously, three notable events will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, and Irvine, California. In Atlanta, the 2015 National Health Outreach Conference, hosted by the University of Georgia, highlights health literacy and health insurance literacy Read More >

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See Who’s Talking About Health Literacy

In the last two weeks, two of the most prominent U.S. health officials addressed the importance of health literacy in achieving the Nation’s health objectives. In a blog about minority health progress, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said that “If we want health equity, we need to make health literacy Read More >

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Why It’s So Hard to Stop Writing or Talking Like a….

In The Sense of Style, his most recent book on language and writing, psychologist Steven Pinker argues that all people, and especially highly educated professionals, suffer from “the curse of knowledge.” He defines the curse as “a difficulty in imagining what it is like for someone else not to know something that you know.” Pinker Read More >

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Let’s Educate Someone About Health Literacy This Month

Since 1999, advocates have used October to focus attention on limited health literacy as a widespread social problem. This month, we consider how health professionals can help improve health literacy. At CDC, we kicked off Health Literacy Month with staff training sessions in plain language and the CDC Clear Communication Index. We know that equipping staff with clear communication Read More >

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Spring Cleaning and the CDC Clear Communication Index

Spring in Atlanta refreshes the mind and spirit (even while covering us in yellow-green pollen!). In that spirit, we are “spring cleaning” the CDC health literacy Web site and blog. During the next several months, we’ll freshen up and expand the Web site’s sections and content. We’ll return to regular blog posts, sharing both CDC’s Read More >

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Promote Plain Language

Many of us speak plain language every day, but we know plain language isn’t often the everyday language of government, business, law and healthcare.  The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal executive branch agencies to use plain language communication with the public. How can large, complex organizations like government agencies make plain language everyday Read More >

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Health Literacy Month Twitter Chat

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) invites you to the 3rd annual health literacy Twitter Chat on October 25, 2012 at 3 p.m. EDT. Using the hashtag #healthlit, please join @healthfinder, @HHS_DrKoh, @AHRQNews, @HealthLitMo and others to discuss IOM’s recent paper on the 10 Attributes of Read More >

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Kicking Off Health Literacy Month

Today is the first day of Health Literacy Month, an idea proposed by health literacy consultant Helen Osborne. Many organizations and individuals now use October as a chance to raise awareness of health literacy and promote their projects. What are you doing for Health Literacy Month? Check back often as we report on health literacy Read More >

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Health Literacy Around the World

On September 24, the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy (Roundtable) convened health literacy leaders from the United Nations and a dozen countries to discuss activities and progress around the world. There was general agreement that educational systems have not provided the majority of people with the literacy skills they need to find, read, listen Read More >

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