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Members of the Health Literacy team at HSL have compiled the following collection of presentations on health literacy. We welcome you to use any of the presentation slides. Please credit the noted study authors and presentation creators as appropriate.

Health Literacy out Loud Podcast Interviews

Helen Osborne, M.Ed., is a health literacy expert and the founder of Health Literacy Month. In keeping with today’s trends and technology, Helen produces and hosts the podcast series Health Literacy Out Loud – podcast interviews with those in-the-know about health literacy. You will hear why health literacy matters and learn practical ways to help.

Health Literacy: Importance in Partners

Outlines the basics and importance of health literacy, including strategies on how to overcome communication barriers. It also highlights the Teach-Back method and Plain Language techniques, and provides examples.

Presentations and Training Materials

The Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership has developed or located a variety of training and presentations materials to help educate individuals and health care professionals about the importance of health literacy. These materials are free and available for your use.

Health Literacy: Hidden Barriers and Practical Strategies

Includes 30 slides that can be delivered in 30-45 minutes to a group or as a self-study program. It comes with speaker’s notes. The content promotes the understanding of what health literacy is and how it affects patients. It also covers select practical strategies that can help practices do a better job caring for people with low health literacy.

Health Literacy 101 – An Introduction

An introduction to the justifications, needs, history and impact health literacy plays within the complex facets of healthcare. This one hour video is from the 17th Annual Health Literacy Conference titled Strengthening Communities to Improve Health Equity and Health Literacy.

Updated Systematic Review on Literacy and Health Outcomes

Provides snapshot of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) data, followed by the findings from a 2011 systematic review of the evidence on the impact of literacy on health outcomes as well as the efficacy of interventions designed to mitigate the impact.

By Dr. Stacey Sheridan (last updated 7.10.12)

Health Literacy – Prescribing and Medication Management

Explores how health literacy impacts the understanding of prescription medications, and suggests ways to improve medication comprehension and adherence.

By Dr. Betsy Bryant Shilliday (last updated 4.3.09)

Navigating the Health Care System: A Health Literacy Perspective Through the Eyes of Patients

Provides insight into how patients navigate through each step of the medical visit.

By Dr. Ashley Hink (last updated 3.26.09)

Health Literacy 101: Defining the Problem and What We Can Do About It

Gives general information about the prevalence of low literacy, health outcomes associated with it, and practical interventions to decrease disparities associated with low literacy.

By Dr. Darren DeWalt and Dr. Michael Pignone (last updated 12.01.08)

Identifying Low Health Literacy

Outlines current methods and instruments used in research and practice to measure literacy. Validated instruments are compared and contrasted so users may assess which tool is best for their purposes.

By Dr. Darren DeWalt and Dr. Michael Pignone (last updated 12.01.08)

Literacy and Adherence

Examines the relationship between health literacy and adherence, and describes interventions to improve adherence among individuals with low literacy.

By Dr. Michael Pignone (last updated 12.01.08)

Health Literacy and Child Health

Analyses issues unique to health literacy in the pediatric population. It also describes the results of a systematic review of the literature that included studies about health outcomes associated with health literacy, and interventions to reduce disparities in the pediatric population.

By Dr. Darren DeWalt and Dr. Ashley Hink (last updated 12.01.08)

Interventions to Improve Outcomes for Low Literacy Patients: Review of the Literature

Examines the methodology and results of a literature review that identified studies that tested interventions to reduce disparities associated with low literacy among adults.

By Dr. Darren DeWalt and Dr. Ashley Hink (last updated 12.01.08)

Addressing the Problem of Health Literacy: Practical Approaches in Practice

Presents strategies and interventions that can be implemented in practice to reduce health disparities associated with low literacy.

By Dr. Darren DeWalt and Dr. Michael Pignone (last updated 12.01.08)

Systems Issues and Health Literacy: Assessing Problems and Generating Solutions

Assesses health care management strategies that can assist patients with low literacy navigate health care services and systems.

By Dr. Darren DeWalt and Dr. Robb Malone (last updated 12.01.08)

Last modified: 11/04/21