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Teacher and Tutor Training

Health Literacy Training Course
This free, self-paced course is designed to provide instructors with the tools, resources, and knowledge to effectively incorporate health education into their instruction.


CDC Health Literacy
Provides information and tools across the country that aims to improve health literacy and public health.

Health Literacy Out Loud
This site contains several podcasts on various topics related to health literacy. New ones are added about every two weeks.

Florida Public Health Dental Program
A variety of initiatives and resources from the Florida Public Health Dental Program may benefit you or your students.

National Network of Libraries of Medicine
A good starting point for anyone interested in health literacy, covers the need for health literacy instruction, the economic effects, and potential resources.

Healthy Roads Media
This site offers information on health topics in several languages. Information is presented in several formats including handouts, video and audio.

Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies, this site is a key resource for finding reliable and expert-reviewed government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. Users can select the Spanish version of the website.

MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Health topics are presented in over 40 different languages.

This site features health information for the whole family from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Health Literacy Missouri
HLM is a non-profit corporation based in St. Louis and serving the entire state of Missouri. Their mission is to improve the health of all Missourians while becoming a national leader in health literacy.

Institute for Healthcare Advancement

This site offers support to help combat low health literacy.

Everyday Health Information
This comprehensive website is a great starting point for someone trying to incorporate healthy lifestyles. It provides information on nutrition, fitness, chronic diseases, and a variety of medicines. Furthermore, there are several handy tools that can help people stay healthy. There is a “BMI Calculator,” “Calorie Counter,” and even a tool to organize healthy recipes!

Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services - Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has developed a Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults. The Guide focuses on visual impairment, hearing impairment, cognitive challenges, strengths of older adults.

Health Literacy Online
The Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health has issued the 2nd edition of “A Guide for Simplifying the User Experience.” This guide is useful to anyone developing digital health information materials.

Plain Language Medical Dictionary
This dictionary developed by the University of Michigan provides plain language alternatives to medical terms.

FL Department of Health Refugee Health Program
This site provides information about health resources available to refugees in Florida.

Health Literacy Assessment Quiz
This 10-question quiz developed by AHRQ is designed to help you assess your level of understanding of health literacy and its impact on the health of Americans.


Numbers Get in the Way
National Academy of Medicine, 2016
Increasingly over the past decade, health literacy researchers and practitioners have been turning their attention to issues of numeracy, recognizing that numeric tasks related to a wide array of health activities have not been sufficiently examined or addressed.

Strategies to Enhance Numeracy Skills
National Academy of Medicine, 2016
We aim in this paper to provide guiding principles for communicating numbers in a clear, simple way. These principles can be used by health professionals interacting with patients; health systems creating and giving information about diseases, treatments, prevention, cost, and covered services; and health plans explaining the cost of deductibles, co-pays, maximum out-of-pocket costs, tiered coverage for medicines, and quality.

Oral Health Literacy, Self-Efficacy, and Dental Neglect
American Journal of Public Health, May 2011
Increased oral health literacy was associated with better oral health status, but not with dental neglect. Self-efficacy was strongly associated with dental neglect and may mediate the effects of literacy on oral health status. 

Perceived Barriers to Care and Attitudes Towards Shared Decision-making Among Low Socioeconomic Status Parents: Role of Health Literacy
Academic Pediatrics, March-April 2012
Addressing parental health literacy may reduce barriers to care and improve patient-provider partnership in care.

Health Literacy
JAMA-Journal of the American Medical Association, September 2011
Media lab uses videos, comics, and more to help people understand health issues

Health Literacy Linked to High Mortality Rate, Number of Emergency Room Visits
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, March 2011

Medical Jargon Not Necessary with a Doctor’s Visit

Wall Street Journal, July 2010
Useful article that looks at the comprehensive failure of clear communication within the medical profession.

Helpful Health Literacy Quiz
Journal Star, December 2010
Article in the Journal Star examines some of the biggest misconceptions regarding health literacy.
Poor Math Skills Can Hinder Diabetes Management; Study Shows
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, October 2009

Preventative Services for Healthy Living
American Academy of Family Physicians, September 2013
The choices you make about the way you live are important to your health. Find preventive information for healthy living.

In Other Words...Bridging Literacy and Language Differences for Better Health Outcomes
Helen Osborne, July 2008
This article, from Oncall magazine, highlights the need for clear and concise information for ESOL learners on health literacy and offers tips on how to communicate effectively.

Addressing the Health Literacy Needs of Adult Education Students
The Goodling Institute, May 2013

(Il)literacy: How a Mother’s Literacy Skills, Even at a Basic Level, Translate into Healthier Kids
Harvard Graduate School of Education, September 2012           

Health Literacy Could Reduce Medicare Expenses
National Journal, September 13, 2013

Many Patients Lack the Numerical Skills to Make Good Health Decisions, Study Finds
Cornell University, November 2009

The Widespread Problem of Low Health Literacy
U.S. News and World Report, April 2016

Working with Local Health Providers

National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
Resources and tool to find a free or charitable clinic in your area

Public Health Services
This site features the contact information for local County Health Departments in Florida. By contacting these agencies, teachers and students may locate free and low-cost clinics servicing the under-insured.

Medical Quality Assurance Services
This website allows you to check a health provider's licensure status. You may also find information about his/her training, certifications, pending and past lawsuits, complaint and discipline reports, and more.


Interactive Video Explains Health Reform
A good, simple explanation of health reform. Video format is also very suitable for classroom and group explanations.

AMA Health Literacy Video
Video produced by the American Medical Association that goes through the basics of health literacy.

Other Resources

Managing Stress to Improve Learning
This second issue of Program Notes, like the first, offers a small selection of the work accomplished over the past six months and illustrates how participants varied their approaches to achieve similar project goals. Altered shoes? Bio-poems? Yoga in the classroom? Teachers and counselors used expressive projects as ways to build community, promote stress-reduction and mental health, inspire laughter, and, of course, build language and literacy skills.

Health Literacy of America's Adults
The Health Literacy of America’s Adults is the first release of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) health literacy results.

Evaluating Medical Resources
This site provides 10 things to know about evaluating medical resources on the web.

Online Health Information
A simple guide of trusted health resources to help find accurate health information online.
Helping Older Adults Find Online Health Information
Free toolkit for trainers helping older adults find reliable, up-to-date health information online.

America's Health Rankings 2011
A ranking of overall health among the 50 states. Florida ranks #33.

2012 Health Rankings by County
Rankings, including an interactive map.

Free Materials in Spanish
Free materials in Spanish that cover a plethora of topics, including: arthritis, asthma, cholesterol, depression, infertility, and more.

CDC Workbook Examines Health Disparities
Many social determinants contribute to the health disparities throughout the U.S. This workbook looks at case studies of health organizations working to eliminate or lessen a specific disparity. This workbook works as a great lesson overview. Case studies include organizations working in nutrition, cancer screenings, diabetes, child development and more.

Basic Facts of the Uninsured
Twenty-five percent of people are do not have medical insurance are more likely not to get the care they need. This is also true of people who have poor health literacy. See the socioeconomic and racial similarities for yourself.

Health Literacy: New Field, New Opportunities
Learn about the challenges associated with low health literacy, meet some of the new health literacy practitioners in the field, hear about successful strategies and practices, and apply what you have learned to a challenging health literacy scenario. There is no fee for the course. Developed by World Education.







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