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GED Instruction and Health Literacy

PIAAC Survey results and Health literacy


Many of you work in areas that can easily connect the work of literacy and numeracy to health literacy. A number of recent research projects have made the link even more explicit.

Good news! In July, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a webinar that integrates the PIAAC results with the significant issues of health literacy. When we have questions of what content to address in our literacy programs, topics around health and wellness are very appropriate. I believe that you will find this information valuable to your program planning.

Resource: Online Tutorials and Videos from MedlinePlus

Do you have access to a computer lab with your adult students? If so, MedlinePlus can be a nice activity to do. 

MedlinePlus is a health information site from the National Library of Medicine. It has information about a large range of health issues and conditions, prevention behaviors and medical tests and procedures. It's the kind of place where a student could look up even an unusual health topic and learn about it in pretty clear language. 

Could a 50-cent microscope change how we teach health or science to adults in the U.S.?

In a 2012 TED Talk Manu Prakash described a 50-cent, rather sophisticated paper microscope that he claimed could change world health. Could it also change adult health education, health liteacy, and science education in the U.S. ? Would you show this video to your ABE or GED students? To your students in health literacy classes? If so, how would you use it? When they are available, would you get these microscopes for your students to use?

Health Literacy Leadership Institute 2014

Summer may still seem far away, but now is the time to consider enrolling in the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, June 9-13, 2014.  Offered as one of three Summer Institutes through the Health Communication Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, this one-week program is for professionals interested in taking their understanding and application of health literacy to the next level.  For more information, visit our NEW online presence as part of the Health Communication Summer Institute at Tufts University School of Medicine

Barriers to Addressing Health Literacy in Literacy Classes

Hi Everyone,

I have a question for teachers:

What are the barriers to addressing health literacy in your classes?

Tricky Health Vocabulary

What health-related words do your students have trouble with? Are there some that you could use help in explaining? Let's share some ideas!

And here are some resources to help:

Preparing Adults for Health Care Careers

Hi Everyone,

Last night Obama talked about the administration's committment to prepare adults for the kinds of jobs that are available and match them with those jobs. People in healthcare found that even during the height of the recession, there were jobs open for nurses, medical assistants, medical coders, and others. These are good jobs to aspire to for those who are working their way through the adult education system!

Addressing Domestic Violence


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