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Quick Guide to Healthy Living

The Quick Guide to Healthy Living offers information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Health Communication, Health Literacy, and e-Health

Improving health communication and utilizing health technologies are essential to promoting individual and population health. Find key tools, research and reports, and resources for public health and health communication professionals.

Review Date: June 03, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Ask Me 3: Tips for Clear Health Communication- (PDF)

Every time you talk with a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, use the Ask Me 3 questions to better understand your health. Review this helpful checklist before you visit your doctor.

Review Date: September 15, 2010

Partnership for Clear Health Communication

Health Literacy Online: A Guide to Writing and Designing Easy-to-Use Health Web Sites

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) offers this how-to guide for creating health Web sites and Web content for the millions of Americans with limited literacy skills and limited experience using the Web.

Review Date: June 03, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Improving Health Literacy

Find tools, government resources, reports and research on improving health literacy--the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Review Date: June 03, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Improving Your Health Literacy

AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., offers easy-to-understand advice column for consumers about health literacy and overcoming challenges understanding difficult health terms and issues.

Review Date: June 13, 2011

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing

What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? Here are some suggestions.

Review Date: November 07, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

NIH Clear Communication: A Health Literacy Initiative

Find information on the NIH Clear Communication program, including educational products, lessons learned, and research in the area of health literacy.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison

NIH: Introduction to Plain Language

Part of the NIH mission is to reach all Americans with health information they can use, and to communicate in a way that helps people to easily understand research results. Read about the Plain Language Act of 2010, and find tips you can use to improve communcation.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison

Quick Guide to Health Literacy

This guide will help people working in healthcare and public health fields to improve health literacy--the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Review Date: June 03, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Trust It or Trash It?

Who said it? When did they say it? How did they know? This tool will help you think critically about the quality of health information found on web sites, in handouts and booklets, and more.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

Genetic Alliance

What Did My Doctor Say?

The special words doctors and nurses use can be hard to understand. Find tips on how to understand many health words.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

Medical Library Association