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Resources: Planning and Assessment Tools

Council of State Governments (CSG) Guide to Health Literacy

Using data from its National Survey on Health Literacy Initiatives, CSG published the State Officials Guide to Health Literacy, an overview of how health literacy affects states and what states can and are doing to address this issue. For more information about CSG activities, visit http://www.csg.org , and search under the keywords "health literacy."


Harvard Health Literacy Studies

This site is designed for professionals in health and education who are interested in health literacy. The site contains a variety of research, materials, literature, and curricula on health literacy.  

Website: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/healthliteracy/overview.html


Health Literacy: New Fields and New Opportunities

This online portal, developed by World Education, addresses the health literacy challenge by providing information for health literacy practitioners on successful strategies and practices of health literacy. The portal also provides opportunities to apply what has been learned.

Website: http://healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/tutorial/SWF/flashcheck/main.htm


Health Information Toolkit

The Medical Library Associations Health Information Toolkit includes a variety of information and resources for health and information professionals, as well as consumers.

Available at: http://www.mlanet.org/resources/healthlit/


Is Our Pharmacy Meeting Patients' Needs?
Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User's Guide

This tool, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for healthcare Research and Quality, was designed to capture perspectives of objective auditors, pharmacy staff and patients in terms of the health literacy friendliness of a public pharmacy setting. Available at: http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/pharmlit/


National Institute for Literacy

The National Institute for Literacy provides leadership on literacy issues, including the improvement of reading instruction for children, youth and adults. In consultation with U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, the Institute serves as a national resource on current, comprehensive literacy research, practice and policy. Website: http://novel.nifl.gov/


Readability Formulas

         Fog Readability Formula: http://www.as.wvu.edu/~tmiles/fog.html

         Flesch-Kinkaid Readability Formula: http://csep.psyc.memphis.edu/cohmetrix/readabilityresearch.htm

         SMOG Readability Calculator: http://www.harrymclaughlin.com/SMOG.htm

         The Smog Readability Formula: www.utexas.edu/vp/ecs/communications/SMOG.pdf


Sample Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the sample plan was developed to improve health literacy for a fictional organization. The plan can be used as a guide for national, state, county, and community health organizations that are committed to improving health literacy. The plan includes both action steps and specific, measurable objectives for evaluation. Available at: http://www.health.gov/communication/literacy/sampleplan.htm


The Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers
Partners for Action: Making Your Healthcare Facility Literacy-Friendly

This guide, developed by the National Center for Adult Education and Literacy, offers an approach for analyzing literacy-related barriehealthcareh-care access and navigation. Designed to assist chief executive officers, presidents, program directors, administratorshealthcareh-care workers at hospitals or health centers to consider the health literacy environment of their facilities and to analyze ways to reduce demands, better serve patients and staff, and ultimately increase revenue.

Available at: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/healthliteracy/HealthLiteracyEnvironment.pdf?id=1163


World Education Health and Literacy Compendium

World Education and its partners produce a variety of publications. Most can be downloaded from this site at no cost. The site includes a compendium of guides, handbooks, books and other resources on literacy, health, and related issues.

Website: http://www.worlded.org/WEIInternet/publications/index.cfm#health


World Education Health and Literacy Special Collection

This site includes a variety of resources for health lessons and activities, easy-to-read health information, multilingual health information, and health literacy research.  

Website: http://healthliteracy.worlded.org/health-ed.htm