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California Health Literacy Initiative Description of this special initiative of California Literacy, an adult and family literacy organization. “The goal of the California Health Literacy Initiative is to inform and partner with individuals and organizations to craft collective, lasting solutions that will positively impact the health and well-being of individuals with low-literacy skills, their families, and their communities.”
The Center for the Study of Adult Literacy Provides ordering information for the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (TOFHLA) from Peppercorn Books and Press.
Healthy People 2020: Health Communication - Objective HC/HIT 1 Describes rationale (current environment, trends and issues) and objectives for health communication and the use of health information technology.
Harvard School of Public Health: Health Literacy Studies Health Literacy Studies "is a research program (Rudd, P.I) of the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). We are engaged in a variety of activities, studies, and explorations linking health and literacy."
Literacy and Health Outcomes This Evidence Report/Technology Assessment on "Literacy and Health Outcomes": is from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Under its Evidence-based Practice Program, the AHRQ "is developing scientific information for other agencies and organizations on which to base clinical guidelines, performance measures, and other quality improvement tools."
National Academy on an Aging Society: Fact Sheet Based on "data from a nationally representative sample of the U.S. adult population age 16 and older, the National Academy on an Aging Society examined the impact of literacy on the use of health care services" to create the fact sheet "Low Health Literacy Skills Increase Annual Health Care Expenditures By $73 Billion.”
National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) (Canada) Available in English or French, the site includes“Overview of health literacy” in the US and Canada, “Key issues to consider” in health and patient literacy, and “Profiles of health literacy initiatives in Canada.” Includes issue of plain language; focuses on patient literacy.
National Library of Medicine (NLM) bibliographies
National Network of Libraries of Medicine With the "Consumer Health: An Online Manual - Health Literacy" the site offers librarians definitions, skills, and description of the role of a consumer health librarian.
Ohio State University School of Medicine/AHEC Clear Health Communication Program

This comprehensive web site provides links to articles and online resources, consultative services, online course modules for continuing education or academic credit, and more to support the health literacy goals of OSU's Clear Health Communication Program.

Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative Includes information for patients and families, health practitioners, and researchers; includes a downloadable assessment tool.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation The study, Language Barriers and Illiteracy Can Affect Patient Health Care: Effects of Illiteracy on Patient-Provider Interactions, "assessed the prevalence of inadequate health literacy among patients presenting for outpatient acute care in two urban public hospitals, one in Atlanta and one in Los Angeles."