Training from Organizations Other than CDC

Below you will find health literacy and related trainings or materials from reliable information sources outside of CDC.

Health Literacy

Pathways to Safer Opioid Useexternal icon

(Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion 2020)

  • Description: This professional training program combines safe opioid use with pain management and health literacy. You can view a 7-minute clip that gives you a good sense of how this interactive and immersive training video helps doctors, nurses, pharmacists and patients use teach-back and shared decision making in the context of multiple story lines.
  • Length: About 1 hour
  • Continuing Education: This training offers 1 Category 1 AMA PRA credit
  • Cost: Free

Health Literacy and Public Healthexternal icon

(Source: New York-New Jersey Public Health Training Center 2021)

  • Description: This training introduces the concept of health literacy, provides strategies for considering literacy when creating public health messages for the public, and provides strategies for considering literacy in direct public health services to the public.
  • Length: Not provided
  • Continuing Education: This training offers 3 Category I CECH in health education; 3 contact hours in nursing continuing education; 3 hours in Category One CME
  • Cost: Content is free. A nominal fee will be charged for continuing education credits starting on October 5, 2021.

Preventing Adverse Drug Events: Individualizing Glycemic Targets Using Health Literacy Strategiesexternal icon

(Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)

  • Description:  This is an eLearning course that teaches health care providers how to use health literacy strategies to reduce hypoglycemic adverse drug events (ADEs) in patients with diabetes.
  • Length: Not provided
  • Continuing Education: 1.5 CME credits; 1.3 CNE credits; .1 CEU credits; and .1 CPE credits
  • Cost: Free

Plain Language

Federal Plain Language Guidelinesexternal icon

(Source: The Plain Language Action and Information Network)

Description: The Plain Language Action and Information Network offers a variety of introductory classes on plain language. You may use their materials for self-study or to create your own class.

  • Length: Not provided
  • Continuing Education: Not provided
  • Cost: Free

Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Upexternal icon

[Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH)]

  • Description: This NIH website consists of five sections and a checklist you can print. In each section, you will find a number of cards you can flip through to learn about using plain language in your work.
  • Length: Not provided
  • Continuing Education: Not provided. However, when you are done with the final section, you can print a certificate of completion.​​
  • Cost: Free

Culture and Communication

Introduction to the C.L.A.S. Standardsexternal icon

(Source: SaferCare Texas 2021)

  • Description: This self-directed, online course for public health professionals, physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers lays out the standards and best practices to improve healthcare communication and therefore, improve understanding and outcomes.
  • Length: The estimated time to complete this activity is 1 hour.
  • Continuing Education: This training offers 1 hour of Certified Public Health (CPH) continuing education, 1 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) of Continuing Pharmacy Education credit, 1 AMA PRA Category credit™, 1 contact hour of continuing education units/continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, 1 clock hour for social workers.
  • Cost: Free
Multicultural adult learners in virtual learning environment

Understanding people’s values, beliefs, and traditions can help you deliver culturally appropriate health information. Take one of these trainings.

A Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Careexternal icon

(Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health)

  • Description: This is a self-directed training course for physicians and other health care professionals with a specific interest in cultural competency in the provision of care.
  • Length: Not provided
  • Continuing Education: The training offers a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and 9.0 contact hours for nurse practitioners.
  • Cost: Free

Cultural Competency Curriculum for Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Responseexternal icon

(Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health)

  • Description: This set of courses is designed to integrate knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to cultural competency in order to help lessen racial and ethnic health care disparities brought on by disaster situations. This activity is designed for First Responders of disaster preparedness and crisis response including Emergency Medical Technicians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists and Social Workers.
  • Length: The estimated time to complete this activity is 9 hours.
  • Continuing Education: The Carlat CME Institute designates this educational activity for a maximum of 9 CE Credits.  For successful completion of this activity and to obtain credit hours, the learner must review the individual modules/content and obtain a minimum passing score of 70%.
  • Cost: Free

Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionalsexternal icon

(Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health)

  •  Description: This e-learning program provides oral health professionals with basic knowledge and skills related to cultural and linguistic competency, based on the HHS Office of Minority Health’s National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care.
  •  Length: The estimated time to complete this activity is 6 hours.
  •  Continuing Education: Professional Learning Services (PLS) designates this activity for 6 continuing education credits. PLS has partnered with the Office of Minority Health, Department of HHS. To receive credit for this activity participants must read the online material, register on this site, complete the continuing education activity evaluation and credit request form, and score 70% or higher on the posttest.
  •  Cost: Free

Culturally Competent Nursing Care: A Cornerstone of Caringexternal icon

(Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health)

  • Description: This course discusses the behaviors, attitudes, and skills that enable nurses to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
  • Length: The estimated time to complete this activity is 9.0 hours.
  • Continuing Education: This program is approved for 9.0 contact hours for nurses. For successful completion of this activity and to obtain credit hours, the learner must review the individual modules/content and obtain a minimum passing score of 70%.
  • Cost: Free

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Maternal Health Careexternal icon

(Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health)

  • Description: Improve your quality of care by understanding, respecting, and responding to patients’ experiences, values, and beliefs across the continuum of maternal health care.
  • Length: The estimated time to complete this activity is 2.0 hours.
  • Continuing Education: This program is approved for 2.0 contact hours for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, certified nurse midwives, and certified midwives. Other professionals, as well as students, may earn a Statement of Participation.
  • Cost: Free

Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionalsexternal icon

(Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health)

  • Description: The goal of this e-learning program is to help behavioral health professionals increase their cultural and linguistic competency.
  • Length: The estimated time to complete this activity is 4 – 5.5 hours.
  • Continuing Education: This program is approved for 4 – 5.5 contact hours for counselors, nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers. Other professionals may earn a Statement of Participation.
  • Cost: Free

Consumer and Patient Skill Building

Below you will find curricula and materials to not only help people with low literacy skills, but also to help train and educate adults and teens about health, communicating with healthcare professionals, and finding reliable information sources.

Is This Legit? Accessing Valid and Reliable Health Informationexternal icon

(Source: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse 2021)

Description: Health literacy can play a role in how teens interpret health messages. Use this 35-minute lesson plan to help build high-school students’ health literacy skills. You can deliver the lesson in-person or in a virtual learning environment. At the end of the lesson, students should be able to

  • Identify and use reputable sources that provide high-quality health information.
  • Describe how various sources of information (e.g., family, friends, peers, schools, culture, social media, news media) influence their personal health behaviors.

The lesson plan provides teacher prompts and includes a worksheet to help students evaluate sources.

Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkitexternal icon

(Source: National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging 2014)

Description: The toolkit (slides, speaker notes, and handouts) is for a senior center administrator, nurse, or another intermediary to lead a 45-minute interactive session that builds older adults’ capacity for navigating the healthcare system. The kit includes practical tips to make the most of medical visits, including how to get ready for an appointment, share health concerns, and make collaborative decisions about care. It’s evidence-based and repurposed from the popular booklet on doctor-patient communication.

Adults learning about health in an adult education classroom.

Educate people about health, communicating with healthcare professionals, and finding reliable health information sources.

Staying Healthy Curriculum for English Learners and Adult Learners’ Handbooks on Women’s Health and Coping with Stressexternal icon

(Source: Florida Literacy Coalition 2010)

Staying Healthy is a curriculum written at a 4th-5th grade reading level and is suitable for high beginning/low intermediate level ESOL learners and above.

Expecting the Best: A Health and Wellness Curriculum for English as a Second Language (ESL)external icon

(Source: Expecting the best 2009)

Expecting the Best is a program that teaches adults with limited English proficiency about health and wellness through English as a Second Language classes. The program is designed to improve health literacy, functional literacy, and communication skills. It is also expected to strengthen students’ ability to seek health care and make sound health-related decisions.

Adult Education Teaching and Training Materials for Healthexternal icon

(Source: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy 2007)

These materials are designed for adult education teachers and professional development staff. Teaching materials are guides for classroom activities that teachers can use to develop adult students’ literacy skills and knowledge of particular content. Training materials are guides for professional development activities, such as study circles, that help teachers develop their own knowledge and skills in a specific area.

Good Questions for Good Healthexternal icon

(Source: University of Georgia’s Center for Health and Risk Communication: A National Institute on Aging funded project)

Good Questions for Good Health is a program that advances interactive health literacy skills in older adults by partnering with Meals on Wheels programs. The toolkit provides materials for implementing the program, including health literacy coach training, videos demonstrating good interactive health literacy skills, print materials such a brochure, notepad, and calendar, as well as an evaluation form.

World Education Health Literacy Curricula Collectionexternal icon

(Source: World Education)

World Education has collected links to many health literacy curricula for a variety of learners and learning objectives. Two sections include links to curricula for teaching health literacy skills to adult learners and the general public. A third section includes training for literacy and health professionals to better address health literacy in their settings.

Shared Decision-Making

The SHARE Approachexternal icon

(Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality 2015)

  • Description: The SHARE approach is a five-step process for shared decision making. Health professionals can sign up for a webinar or in-person workshop or use the online materials.
  • Length: Workshop is 1 day, and webinar is 1.5 hours
  • Continuing Education: Free continuing education for multiple professions
  • Cost: Free

Making Informed Consent an Informed Choiceexternal icon

  • Description: AHRQ has developed two new continuing education activities to improve the informed consent process, one for hospital executives and the other for health care professionals.
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Continuing Education: 2 CEUs
  • Cost: Free for multiple professions

 

Page last reviewed: September 7, 2021