Module 2: Communication Templates
In this Module:
- How-to guidance for developing frequently used communication materials
- Simple templates you can use to develop your own materials
The communication templates included in this module are designed to support the methods/tactics and materials you identified in your communication plan. They are designed to help you create professional-looking communication products without a graphic designer.
Follow the Quick-Start Guide to Using the Communication Templates pdf icon[PDF – 102 KB] to create effective and engaging presentations, fact sheets, event flyers, and more. Each template has been created in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint and is available in several color options to suit your needs.
Try to limit the amount of content on your slides. Use the Notes feature to script out what you want to say about each slide, but do not include everything on the slides themselves.
General best practice is to:
- Use a font size that is at least 24 pt. Use sans serif fonts such as Arial or Calibri and avoid the use of serif fonts (Times New Roman).
- Keep each slide to 3–5 bullets of text, with each bullet containing only one or two sentences.
- Use images or graphics to break up large amounts of text.
- Avoid using white text on a black background or using highlighted text.
The PowerPoint template has been formatted according to these best practices.
The webinar template is designed to help you create streamlined, effective presentations. The template has built-in slides to include local data and contact information, and placeholder slides to reserve time for audience questions. You may also include a slide that lists or links to additional resources. Feel free to add, edit, or rearrange the slides as needed.
You can create topical postcards to convey smaller bits of information on key topics in a different format. They can be printed for distribution or saved as an image file to send electronically through email as an E-blast.
Work with your district public information officer and CDC technical assistance team if you plan to issue a press release. The template provided is formatted as a standard press release. You may need to adapt it to meet your school district’s requirements.
Use the Health Literacy Best Practices Checklist to develop an effective fact sheet. A fact sheet is meant to highlight key information and usually includes a way for the reader to find out more information and details, such as a website. Watch the page length and avoid overcrowding the fact sheet with too much information.