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Improving Health Literacy

Improving health literacy skills requires a comprehensive set of strategies that includes those listed below. Using these strategies will improve the usability of the health information, making your messages more understandable.


         Use plain language.


         Use culturally and linguistically appropriate messages.


         Design messages that are participatory and user-centered.


         Evaluate the effectiveness of communications.


         Engage regularly with the communities who are targeted by the communication.


         Consider the current literacy level of the intended audience, and design messages based on that level.

Tameika Fairley, PhD, Epidemiologist, discusses the challenges of communicating data to the public.

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