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Relevant Sites

Who Can You Trust- Health Information and the Internet
The goal of Health Information and the Internet: Who Can You Trust? Curriculum Sourcebook is to improve health information literacy skills among youth and young adults and increase community access to reliable Internet-based health information for informed and empowered decision making. To achieve its goal, the curriculum is best accomplished through collaboration between community organizations, local schools and public librarians that offer free and public-access to computers and the Internet.

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.

Collection of Health Literacy Curricula
This page is a result of a discussion on the National Institute for Literacy Health and Literacy listserv. Purposefully kept in very simple HTML to allow easy access to all users, the page allows visitors to either directly download or link to online health literacy curricula.

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

Time to Talk Cardio
Time to Talk CARDIO is an effective education program that aims to improve the communication skills of both patients and healthcare providers. Resources and brochures in English and Spanish are available for patients and doctors.  Videos and simulated office visits also help improve health communication skills.

Tutor Tips
Reading Instruction/Research
Family Literacy
Health Literacy
Learning Disabilities
Equipped for the Future - Classroom Activities
Multiple Intelligences
International Resources
Financial Literacy
Career Pathways

Health LIteracy Online Training
Online trainings is available 24/7 and aims to educate public health professionals on the importance of health literacy and education in the community. This training is also a valuable tool for any educator new to health literacy.

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

EthnoMed contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants in the US.

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

Readability Tools
Tools for Making Written Material Clear and Effective is a wonderful resource for those creating health materials. The toolkit is an 11-part resource that helps you create written materials  that are clear and understandable. Toolkit helps you write, design, and post on the web.

Health Literacy Resource List on Dingo
Health literacy and patient education resources are listed in a very concise and easy to read format.

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.

Harvard Literacy Studies
This site is designed for professionals in health and education who are interested in health literacy.

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

Healthy Roads Partners With Florida Literacy Coalition
The Florida Literacy Coalition is excited to partner with Healthy Roads Media to incorporate the Staying Healthy curriculum in its educational videos 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.

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.

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.
This site collects concepts and materials on health education and discussed models and initiatives in the promotion of health literacy in a cross-cultural setting.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is part of the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health. This site showcases health information to apply to lesson plans to promote health literacy.

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

Developing Easy-to-Use Health Websites
This is a guide to writing and designing easy-to-use health websites for persons with low health literacy.

Improving Communication
This site provides word suggestions, training, and examples of how to use plain language to get your message across.
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.


Oral Health Literacy, Self-Efficacy, and Dental Neglect
American Journal of Public Health
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. 

Parental Health Literacy
Academic Pediatrics
Addressing parental health literacy may reduce barriers to care and improve patient-provider partnership in care.

Graphical Representations in Health Literacy
Health Psychology
Individuals with high graph literacy had better comprehension and recall when presented with graphics instead of numbers, and they rated graphical information as more accessible than numerical information, whereas the reverse was true for individuals with low graph literacy.

Alternative Media in Health Literacy
JAMA-Journal of the American Medical Association
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

Medical Jargon Not Necessary with a Doctor’s Visit
Wall Street Journal
Useful article that looks at the comprehensive failure of clear communication within the medical profession.

Medical Students Also Working on Health Literacy
Miami Today
Students at the Florida International University College of Medicine also work on health literacy. A new program called NeighborhoodHELP Initiative that began fall 2010 works with households to improve health communication.

Helpful Health Literacy Quiz
Journal Star
Article in the Journal Star examines some of the biggest misconceptions regarding health literacy.

Poor Math Skills Can Hinder Diabetes Management; Study Shows
Craig Boerner

Health Literacy: A Prescription To End Confusion
2004 Institute of Medicine of the National Academies
This report offers recommendations to health care providers, K-12 administrators, adult education and community organizations to institute programs to help those with low health literacy.

Preventative Services for Healthy Living
American Academy of Family Physicians
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
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.


Health Literacy Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective
The Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective is a health literacy resource from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Queens Library: A Health Literacy Curriculum for ESOL Learners (Beginners)
This is the curriculum of the Queens Library Adult Learner Program. It is used as a standalone class at the library, but designed so that you can pick individual lessons appropriate to your class, or follow the full curriculum.

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

Videos on Health and Food
Online videos can be a great tool for ESOL and literacy classrooms. This website looks at a handful ingredients and makes a healthy, delicious dish.

Nutrition Data Helps You Stay on Track
This is an interactive website that allows students to keep track of what they eat and really understand their nutrition on a comprehensive label.

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

Online Professional Development
Webinars for adult education and literacy teachers/tutors. Some webinars are free; others are not. Topics cover: college transitions, ESOL, GED, health literacy, reading, etc.

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!

Free Health Flashcards
The American College of Physicians Foundation provides handy flashcards of various health topics. Flashcards come in English and Spanish and are written at a fifth grade reading level. Best of all, these are free!

The San Diego Council on Literacy Health Literacy Report
A report from the San Diego Council on Literacy and the Community Health Improvement Partners explores the causes of low health literacy and the potential benefit for literacy programs. The article also cites helpful articles and resources.

Patients as Partners
This Canadian resource provides help and ideas for health literacy programs who want to be effective and useful to their communities.

Ask Medicare
The tool kit includes materials describing Medicare as well as material for caregivers for persons eligible for Medicare and is designed for participants in adult education programs who are 60 or older.

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: 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.

HELP (Health Education Literacy Program): Teaching Reading and Health Together

The Institute for Health Care Advancement’s curriculum can be used to help teach low level reading adults to better take care of themselves and their families.

Virginia Adult Education Health Literacy Toolkit

This toolkit is aimed to help adult education instructors and administrators understand the impact of poor health literacy on adult learners and provide effective instruction. Topics include: What is Health Literacy? Why is Health Literacy So Important? What Resources are Available?; as well as teaching tips.

A Public Service Announcement (PSA) video in Spanish about the importance of going to the doctor.

Men Going to the Doctor
A Public Service Announcement (PSA) video in English encouraging men to take an active role in their medical care and the importance of visiting the doctor.

Questions are the Answers
A Public Service Announcement (PSA) video in English about the importance of asking questions about one’s own health and health care plan.

Health Literacy Speaker Bureau

Here is a listing by county of available Health Literacy speakers.

“Anyone Can Have Diabetes” Brochure
This brochure can be customized to include local information.

Florida ABE Practitioners' Taskforce Committee Health and Literacy Resources
The health and literacy section of the Florida ABE Practitioners' Taskforce Committee contains several brochures designed to enlighten low level readers about health concerns like diabetes, high blood pressure and AIDs along with a document that provide tips on communicating with your doctor. There is also a guide for health professionals on providing support to patients who have reading difficulties.

Health Literacy Curricula
Innovative adult/health education curricula is included in this Harvard University site as well as links to other web sites related to health and literacy.

Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s Publications
This site is from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It has information about heart, lung, and blood diseases, asthma, cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, losing weight, and exercise. There are many healthy recipes. Most brochures are easy-to-read, and some are in Spanish.

Your Guide to Lowering Blood Pressure
"You can do it!" is the message in this action-packed guide. Follow step-by-step instructions on how to achieve and maintain a lower blood pressure through lifestyle and if prescribed, medication.

Planning a Healthy Menu Using the Food Pyramid
Melissa M. Embacher
A detailed lesson plan for planning a complete and healthy meal.

This virtual town square has several store fronts pictured on the home page leading to information about a variety of community and family issues. This is easy to use and the pictures make it student-friendly.

Mario Decides to Quit
The goal of “Mario Decides to Quit” is to enhance the health literacy of students while they learn to read. The story has been tailored to the Hispanic population and focuses on asthma and the dangers of secondhand cigarette smoke. This foto-novela (story with pictures) was created as a tool to be used in literacy classes. Written in a 3rd - 4th grade reading level, the story is suitable for beginning or intermediate English learners.

Tobacco Literacy Module - Teacher's Guide
The instructor’s guide includes activities to assist learning and ensure comprehension of the related foto-novela (see above). The instructor’s guide includes a review of vocabulary words, basic comprehension questions, a word search, a crossword puzzle, and a word matching activity the instructor can copy and use as an entire lesson with the class. Additionally, there is basic information on asthma, a list of questions to initiate a class discussion on smoking and quitting, and resources available to the instructor in need of more information.

Local Health Resources

Partner with Doctors for Literacy
Reach and Read has established exciting partnerships with doctors, pediatricians, and health clinics across the country. The idea is that literacy is encouraged by health care providers. Pediatricians even “prescribe” books for parents to read with their children! Find a health care provider in your area that is interested in literacy.

Local Hospital Provides for Uninsured
Residents of Orange County who earn less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level can get medical services at substantially reduced prices. Check out the patient page to ensure you complete all necessary steps to be a patient at Grace Medical.

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.

For Florida's Health
This website allows you to search for Florida-based free and low cost health care resources by specialty, language preference, and geographical location.

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.





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