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Health Literacy Month – October 2022
Each October, NIH joins others around the country to raise awareness about the importance of health literacy and its impact on the health of Americans. Consider these tips and resources as you plan your health outreach efforts for any audience.
Use common, everyday language.
- Make worse
- Come back
Use the active voice.
HHS published the draft report in the Federal Register for public comment. We carefully reviewed the comments and, when it was appropriate, we incorporated them into the report.
The draft report was made available for public comment through publication in the Federal Register. Comments received were considered and, when appropriate, incorporated into the document.
Model jargon-free language. Give audiences model language for them to use.
Patients can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any signs of disease. Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the chances of serious health problems, including heart attack and stroke.
Patients may have persistent hypertension without symptoms. Uncontrolled hypertension increases the risk of severe cardiovascular events.
- Test with members of your target audience
- Tests can be informal–try colleagues, family, and friends
- NIH Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up
- Always Use Teach-back! Training Toolkit as featured in the AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit
- CDC Health Literacy Training
- PlainLanguage.gov Training
- NIH Clear Communication
- NIH Science, Health and Public Trust
- NIH Tips to Improve Your Health Literacy infographic
- AHRQ Question Builder
- AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit
- Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication
- Health Literacy Online: A Guide for Simplifying the User Experience
- Infographics: Plain Language Considerations
- The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool
This page last reviewed on September 22, 2022