Online health information is easy to access and abundant — but searching for health information can be overwhelming and confusing. healthfinder.gov has guidelines that can help consumers and patients figure out which health websites are credible and reliable.

healthfinder.gov has been sharing reliable health information since 1997. Along the way, the healthfinder team developed criteria for sites they will link to.…

We’re excited to announce the launch of our brand-new Twitter handle: @HHSPrevention. Follow us!

Follow @HHSPrevention for information for health professionals on disease prevention and health promotion policies and programs. We’ll be sharing information about ODPHP events, including training opportunities, webinars, and conferences.

We’ll also keep you up to date on the latest health.gov announcements — such as updates about our work on the next edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines, new Dietary Guidelines tools and resources, health literacy information, and updated guidance on health care quality and patient safety.…

At ODPHP, we know that improving how health professionals communicate with consumers is a critical part of improving health and health care. That’s why we’re so committed to providing professionals with health literacy and communication resources that can help them share health information in easy-to-understand ways.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Literacy Workgroup is a Department-wide workgroup composed of all operating divisions and most staff divisions under HHS.…

When we developed Health Literacy Online: A Guide for Simplifying the User Experience, we set out to help people create online health information and digital tools that are accessible and easy to understand for users with limited literacy skills. But the truth is that these principles and strategies don’t just benefit consumers with limited literacy skills, they benefit all online users — even health care professionals.
The end of 2015 marks a time for reflection and new beginnings. You may have already started on your New Year’s resolutions. Here at the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) we hope that more adults who are not current on the recommended clinical preventive services have made it their New Year’s resolution to get up to date.
As members of the ODPHP health literacy team, we are committed to promoting the use of health literacy principles. Recently, we took a deep dive into the online user experience to write the second edition of Health Literacy Online: A Guide to Simplifying the User Experience. We learned a lot about the challenges many people face using health websites.
Recent headlines about antibiotic-resistant superbugs might make people wonder how to stay safe when receiving medical care. With an estimated 1 in 25 patients acquiring infections while hospitalized on any given day, it is important to be aware of the risks. Public health agencies and health care providers, as well as patients and their families, all have critical roles to play in keeping patients safe.

Written by Sarah Benes, Program Director for Physical and Health Education Programs at Boston University on behalf of SHAPE America

When you think of school, does your child’s health come to mind? It should, as schools play a very important role in helping students develop healthy habits and behaviors through health education programs.…