Information about two interrelated issues, health information literacy and health literacy are provided; resources helpful to the consumer health librarian are offered as well.
The National Center for Education Statistics, part of the U.S. Department of Education, completed an assessment of overall literacy skills of U.S. adults in 2003. For the first time the report included a section on health literacy focusing on “the ability to use literacy skills to read and understand written health related information.”
Resources compiled by the Medical Library Association about Health Information Literacy for health and information professionals and for consumers.
Jackie Davis, MLIS
Community Health Library at Cushman Wellness Center
Sharp Memorial Hospital Outpatient Pavilion
Phone: (858) 939-5031
Jackie Davis, MLIS and
Deborah Magnan, MLIS, AHIP
Samuel and Sandra Hekemian Medical Library
Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Ave.
Hackensack, NJ 07601
phone: (201) 996-2326
Updated October 4, 2013
An annotated compilation of useful websites about the importance of health literacy and its relationship to patient education. It includes information about creating health materials, sites for health information in other languages, and a section on writing easy to read information.
These health literacy resources were offered by MLA CAPHIS members for an inquiry to the CAPHIS listserv on January 10, 2013 by Elaine Hicks.
Compiled by Elaine R. Hicks, MS, MPH, MCHES and Kay Hogan Smith, MLS, MPH
Product of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Report developed includes 7 strategies to improve and implement the goals and to engage and link organizations and agencies to improve health literacy.
Excellent online course to help medical professionals speak more effectively with their patients. It is a "go at your own pace" opportunity to broaden awareness of the issues and some solutions to this challenge.
An online course – very user friendly with a thorough check-list at the end of the program to help assess the development of new materials.