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Health Literacy Webinar: Understanding the Problem and Developing Clear Solutions


Health Literacy Webinar: Understanding the Problem and Developing Clear Solutions


Wednesday, March 27, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET

This free webinar will help you understand health literacy and how to create clearer, more effective communication.

Multicultural Health Webinar on March 6th at 1:00 PM EST

The upcoming SurroundHealth webinar on multicultural health and patient engagement is just around the corner (March 6th). With the close connection between health disparities and health literacy, we hope you will join us.

How to Engage Patients from Multicultural Backgrounds

Wednesday, March 6, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST

Introduction and invitation to Summer Institute

Hello Colleagues,

Heart Health for February

February's not just about candy hearts! Here's a call for awareness about taking care of your heart health: 

And some good resources, including recipes:

Share these with your students, patients, friends and coworkers!

Intersection of digital literacy and health literacy

Health and technology literacy colleagues,


According to a fascinating January 24th video interview with Dr. Eric Topol, aired on NBC TV and archived at ,

Software for screening documents for literacy level

Is anyone using software to screen your health information educational materials for literacy levels (excluding Microsoft Word)?


HHS Editorial on Health Literacy Research

The Journal of Health Communication has published an editorial by HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh and collaborators at AHRQ, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “Toward a Systems Approach to Health Literacy Research” notes that recent policy innovations present unique opportunities for research on health care systems and health literacy. In particular, the authors suggest research questions relevant to person-centered care and health care reform.


Wednesday Question: Healthcare Reform

Hi Everyone,

I heard an interview recently with Dr. Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, two of the founders of Partners In Heatlh (PIH) PIH is an organization that has been improving health in the poorest communities around the world for the past 25 years. They have a very wholistic view of what healthcare means, and their principles support much of what we talk about in health literacy.

When asked what lessons they have learned that can help us here is the US to make health care reform work, they had two simple answers. I am paraphrasing them here:

Mobile App Challenge from Health and Human Services Offers $50,000 Prize!

Please help us share the following announcement. We are sure this app challenge will be of interest to the health literacy community, as it provides an opportunity for health literacy professionals to provide input and feedback in the development of a mobile app.  How can a mobile app help health consumers make informed health decisions based on’s information about services covered under the health reform law, also called the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?


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