Who is the Quick Guide
The Quick Guide to Health Literacy is for government
employees, grantees and contractors, and community partners
working in healthcare and public health fields.
A basic overview of key health literacy concepts
Techniques for improving health literacy through
communication, navigation, knowledge-building, and
Examples of health literacy best practices
Suggestions for addressing health literacy in your
These tools can be applied to healthcare delivery, policy,
administration, communication, and education activities
aimed at the public. They also can be incorporated into
mission, planning, and evaluation at the organizational
If you are new to health literacy, the toolkit will
give you the information you need to become an effective
advocate for improved health literacy. If you are already
familiar with the topic, you will find user-friendly,
action-oriented materials that can be easily referenced,
reproduced, and shared with colleagues.
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How to use the Quick Guide
The guide is designed to be a quick and easy reference,
filled with facts, definitions, helpful tips, checklists,
and resources you can use on the job. You can print out
the materials and keep them at your desk, share them
with colleagues, or bookmark this Web page on your computer.
The Quick Guide is divided into the following three
The first section contains a series of fact
sheets on health literacy, including
a basic overview of key concepts and definitions
and information on health literacy and health outcomes.
- The second section contains practical strategies
for improving health literacy. These include:
- Improve the usability of health information
- Improve the usability of health services
- Build knowledge to improve decisionmaking
- Advocate for health literacy in your organization
The final section contains a list of resources,
including Web sites, research studies, and additional
publications on health literacy.
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