Health Literacy Beyond UNC

On this page you will find information on health literacy happenings beyond the UNC, Chapel Hill campus.

COVID-19 Health Resources

(Wisconsin Literacy)

“In this challenging time, staff, tutors, and learners must have accurate health information.” Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. is a non-profit coalition of over 70 community-based literacy programs located throughout the state.

You can access their COVID-19 resources here.

Health Literacy Online: A Guide for Simplifying the User Experience

(Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)

This research-based guide will help you develop intuitive health websites and digital tools that can be easily accessed and understood by all users — including the millions of Americans who struggle to find, process, and use online health information.

To read the complete publication, click here.

Health Literacy in the Inpatient Setting: Implications for Patient Care and Patient Safety

August 2019 (ClinicalKey)

Health literacy plays a role in the events leading up to children’s hospitalizations, during hospital admission, and after discharge. Hospitals and providers should use a universal precautions approach and routinely incorporate health-literacy-informed strategies in communicating with all patients and families to ensure that they can understand health information, follow medical instructions, participate actively in their own/their child’s care, and successfully navigate the health care system. Interventions that incorporate health-literacy-informed strategies and that target patients/families and health care systems should be implemented to improve patient outcomes and patient-centered and family-centered care.

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Integrating Oral and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices: Proceedings of a Workshop

July 31, 2019 (National Academy of Sciences)

Oral health care and medical health care both seek to maintain and enhance human health and well-being. Yet, oral care and primary care in the United States are largely separated and isolated from each other. On December 6, 2018, in Washington, DC, the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop that featured invited presentations and discussion on the ways in which health literacy principles and practices can facilitate the integration of oral and general health. The workshop also provided an opportunity to build on the commissioned paper and on the roundtable’s previous efforts related to oral health.

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Understandability and Actionability: Using the PEMAT to Benefit Health Literacy

May/June 2019 (Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.)

Nurses recognize the complex challenges of patient education, particularly given the English literacy deficiencies of adults revealed by the National Assessment of Adult Literacy in 2003.1 Nurses and other providers are interested in incorporating written and audiovisual (A/V) teaching tools into patient/consumer education to address health literacy needs from a holistic vantage point. To ensure that tools are appropriately understandable for the intended audience, nurses often rely on commonly used readability tools, including SMOG (simple measure of gobbledygook) index, Gunning-Fog index, and the Flesch Reading Ease score. Nurses recognize, for example, that a postdischarge instruction sheet addressing the importance of daily weight tracking for the patient living with congestive heart failure will be more readily understood if it is written at the eighth-grade level rather than the twelfth-grade level. The generally accepted idea is that lower-grade readability scores will meet the needs of a broader audience.

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Last modified: 04/17/20