Quick-start Guides

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There are a number of quick-start guides that can help you get started on implementing principles of health literacy in your practice. The following brief guides cover topics on how to:

  • Ensure your patients feel welcome and help them navigate your practice
  • Improve communication with your patients in clinical encounters
  • Create and assess patient print and online education materials

Please note: some of the following guides were created several years ago and may have links that are no longer active. However, they can still serve as a valuable tool to implement health literacy in your practice.


General Guides

Health Literacy for Health Professionals (CDC)

The purpose of this public health literacy web-based training program is to educate public health professionals about public health literacy and their role in providing health information and services and promoting public health literacy.

How to Create Actionable and Engaging Patient Education (Lifeology)

This course will help you learn to create patient education that engaging, helps people make sense of health information, and it’s easy to understand and act on.

Creating and Evaluating Patient Materials: A Guide (MaineHealth)

Outlines how you can communicate clearly and consistently with your patients and their families.

Health Literacy Online: A Guide for Simplifying the User Experience (ODPHP)

Helps you develop intuitive health websites and digital tools that can be easily accessed and understood by all users.

Improve the Usability of Health Information (ODPHP)

Offers practical strategies for improving health literacy by advancing usability of health information and services.

Primary Care Quickstart for Patient Encounters (UNC)

Outlines three health literacy principles you can implement right now to promote health literacy with your patients.

Primary Care Quickstart for Promoting Health Literacy in your Practice (UNC)

Outlines three health literacy principles you can implement right now to promote health literacy throughout your practice.


Practice-specific Guides

Cardiology Quickstart for Patient Encounters (UNC)

Outlines three health literacy principles you can implement right now to promote health literacy with your cardiology patients.

Cardiology Quickstart for Promoting Health Literacy in your Practice (UNC)

Outlines three health literacy principles you can implement right now to promote health literacy throughout your cardiology practice.

Rheumatology Quickstart for Patient encounters (UNC)

Outlines three health literacy principles you can implement right now to promote health literacy with your rheumatology patients.

Rheumatology Quickstart for Promoting Health Literacy in your practice (UNC)

Outlines three health literacy principles you can implement right now to promote health literacy throughout your rheumatology practice.

Last modified: 08/09/21