Join a Health Literacy community!
The Health Literacy Discussion List is an online email list that began in 1997 and has grown along with the field of Health Literacy. We now have over 1600 subscribers from around the world, and members from diverse fields of practice and study, including healthcare, public heath, education, social work, research, library sciences, social science, and many more.
What unites our members is an interest in using health literacy as a way to support better health around the world. We share resources, ask and answer questions, announce events, and discuss new ideas.
The list is supported by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA), and is free and open to anyone. It is moderated, but very unstructured. You can ask any question or bring up any topic related to health literacy.
To join the list, please go to this link: http://listserv.ihahealthliteracy.org/
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The Health Literacy Curated Collection
The Health Literacy Curated Collection aims to help everyone who has an interest in health literacy, by gathering together all the resources you might need in one place. You will find the resources under five main themes; policy, evaluation, research and key publications, resources and tools. We have included the most important, useful and current resources as considered by our health literacy experts.
Are you working in Health Literacy Research? Do you have practical advice that you would like to share?
The collection came about because the Community Health and Learning Foundation (CHLF) were aware that practitioners with an interest in health literacy often found it hard to track down resources and publications on the topic. As a result, CHLF have long wanted to bring together all of the most useful and relevant information and resources about health literacy together in one place, to make it easy for people to find whatever they are looking for. CHLF have worked with the UK Health Literacy Group to do this and both organisations have been supported by NHS England, who provided support to enable the collection to be developed.
This collection brings together the most current and important policy around health literacy and healthcare in England, the rest of the UK and from around the world.
The Evaluation collection includes reports from a selection of both national and community projects with the improvement of people’s health literacy at their core. These reports look at the “how to” in terms of improving health literacy.
Research and Key Publications
This is the largest of the Collection’s themes and includes the most important research and thinking around health literacy at the moment. The majority of the publications are based on work done and published in England but there are also interesting pieces from elsewhere in the UK and from countries outside of the UK.
This collection includes a number of practical tools that can be used to help with raising awareness of health literacy, measuring people’s ability to understand health information, tools to check the readability and level of information produced and techniques to check that health information is being provided in a way that people with low health literacy levels can understand.
This collection includes a mixture of information, websites, Powerpoint slides, learning materials, surveys, guidelines, best practice and commentary designed to help anyone wishing to ensure that they are working in a health literate way.
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