Health literacy is defined as the ability to read, understand, and act on health information. Understanding health information is everyone's right; improving clear health communication is everyone's responsibility. Check out these .
Health literacy is a priority when Health Facts for You (HFFY) are written. The clinicians who author HFFY receive help from Learning Center staff to keep the reading level at the eighth grade level or below.
Contact (608) 263-6496 if you are interested in writing a HFFY or if you wonder about the reading level for patient education materials that you are using.
- Literacy Resources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
- Universal Precautions Toolkit (2nd edition) - AHRQ
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Literacy Website
- Attributes of a Health Literate Organization
- Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool
- Wisconsin Health Literacy Website
Ask Me 3™ Good Questions for Your Good Health: Words to Watch – Fact Sheet
Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion Video
Health Literacy Month
The Joint Commission's Advancing Effective Communication Cultural Competence, and Patient-and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals
North Carolina Program on Health Literacy Video Examples of Teach-Back