In addition to the resources listed earlier in
this guide, you may find the following materials helpful. Resources are grouped
National Standards in Culturally and
Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care is a report from
the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The report recommends national standards for culturally appropriate care.
American Medical Association
resources on health literacy include in-depth toolkits for
professionals and patient safety tip cards.
Clear & Simple: Developing Effective
Print Materials for Low-Literate Readers is a guide from the National
Cancer Institute that provides proven principles and discussion of the
real-life issues that people developing low-literacy materials face.
Federal Health Literacy
Improvement resources can be found at this page hosted by the Office
of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Health Literacy: A Prescription to End
Confusion is a comprehensive report on health literacy from the
Institute on Medicine.
National Library of Medicine Bibliography:
Understanding Health Literacy and Its Barriers is an extensive list of
resources on health literacy and how to design strategies that address the
The 2003 National Assessment of Adult
Literacy Health Literacy Component specifically measured the health
literacy of U.S. adults.
The Administration on Aging
provides national leadership, funding, technical support and oversight to the
Aging Services Network which is charged under the Older Americans Act with the
responsibility for promoting the development of a comprehensive and coordinated
system of home and community-based services for older people and their family
AgingStats.gov is the site of the
Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.
The National Institute on Aging
offers numerous resources on health issues that affect older adults, including
the Age Page series.
NIHSeniorHealth.gov is an
innovative Web site for older adults that features a range of interactive
tutorials on important health issues.
Plain Language: A Strategic Response to
the Health Literacy Challenge is a paper that examines myths and facts
about the role of plain language in responding to health literacy. Published in
the Journal of Public Health Policy.
See for Yourself: Vision and Older
Adults and What You Should Know About Low Vision are
helpful guides from the National Eye Institute.
Usability.gov is a Federal
resource for designing useful and usable Web sites.