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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.



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