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Improving Health Literacy: Improving Health Communication

Provides information and resources on improving health communication.

Wikis, Blogs, Listservs and Social Media

Adult Literacy Education (ALE) Wiki Includes discussion of adult literacy education, including English language learning,health literacy, numeracy, and adult basic and secondary education. Add knowledge from your experience teaching or tutoring adult learners, from research or professional wisdom, or from your experience as an adult learner. The ALE Wiki is a community of practice with links to research for practitioners, researchers, learners and others.


ZarcBark, a blog written by Christina Zarcadoolas, PhD, a sociolinguist.


National Institute for Literacy Listservs


The Health Literacy Month blog features stories about why health literacy matters. Health Literacy Month is also on facebook and twitter.


Health Literacy – for health and well being - Reflections on the importance of health literacy awareness and how it impacts nearly 50% of the US population.



Michigan Health Literacy Awareness Training Program

"This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago.” 

Literacy Videos

More Videos, Podcasts, etc.


Advancing Health Literacy: Meeting the needs of adult learners, The National Institute of Literacy's webcast presented September 16, 2008. Ian Bennett, M.D., Ph.D. of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine and Graduate School of Education; Susan R. Levy, Ph.D. of the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D. of Rutgers University, and moderator Sandra L. Baxter, Ed.D. discussed new and emerging topics in health literacy

The Role of Health Literacy in Patient Safety, from the AHRQ Morbidity & Mortality Rounds on the Web

Health Literacy: the missing link in patient-physician communication, AMA-MSS Subcommittee on Health Literacy. Community Service Committee.