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Understanding Health Information

The discussions of health care reform that have been filling news broadcasts, town halls, and living rooms provide an opportunity to highlight an important aspect of literacy: health literacy.

Here are a couple of sites that may serve as jumping off points on this topic:

Plainlanguage.gov is operated by the Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN), a group of federal employees from many different agencies and specialties. The health section of the site provides links to health education information written in plain language as well as information for those serving adults with lower levels of literacy.
[http://www.plainlanguage.gov/populartopics/health_literacy/index.cfm]

The American Medical Association also offers a number of free resources in the public health section of its web site.
[http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/ama-foundation/our-programs/public-health/health-literacy-program.shtml]


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