Resources for Professionals

Ask Me 3

Sponsored by the Partnership for Clear Health Communication at the National Patient Safety Foundation. Ask Me 3 promotes three simple but essential questions that patients should ask their providers in every health care interaction: 1)What is my main problem?; 2) What do I need to do?; 3) Why is it important for me to do this?

Health Literacy Resources Arizona - Resources for health care professionals and educators. Find links to tool, training materials, and studies on health literacy. This website was created by an Arizona workgroup and is hosted by the University of Arizona, College of Pharmacy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites you to visit Health Literacy: Accurate, Accessible and Actionable Health Information for All, the agency’s new health literacy web site

The Harvard School of Public Health has a website with many resources for health professionals and consumers , curricula, program guides for health literacy initiatives, videos, how to create photonovels, and much more.

Health Literacy Studies

Penny Glassman from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine put together this resource page:
​Health Literacy

The Medical Library Association’s Health Literacy Project – Includes resources for health professionals and consumers

Here is an announcement about an online tutorial which is geared to health professionals.  It was created in Moodle.  Another version will be coming out soon specifically for librarians – I will find out when to expect that version.

* MLA Releases W​eb-based Health Information Literacy Tutorial*
MLA is happy to announce the availability of a free web-based health information literacy tutorial, "Prescription for Information: Addressing Health Information Literacy developed by Gail Kouame, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, for MLA's Health Information Literacy (HIL) Research Project. The tutorial is for health care providers and emphasizes the importance of health literacy and the challenges patients face in understanding medical terminology. It also helps participants recognize the impact that low health literacy has on patient care and learn about health information resources and strategies available to them and their patients. The tutorial also describes health literacy services provided by medical librarians.

The "Prescription for Information" tutorial is based upon the health information literacy curriculum, "Putting Information into Health Literacy," developed by Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi for the MLA HIL project. The project was funded under NLM contract HHSN276200663511/NO1-LM-6-3511 with co-principal investigators Jean Pugh Shipman, AHIP, FMLA, and Carla J. Funk, CAE.

Health Literacy. American Medical Society Foundation.
The AMA has developed a toolkit, including a video. Materials are for physicians and medical students.

Health Literacy Consulting

Helen Osborne, M.Ed., OTR/L
31 Highland Street, Suite 201
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: (508) 653-1199
Fax: (508) 650-9492

The  LINCS Literacy Information and Communication System site has Adult Education & Literacy Resources, including resources on health literacy.

The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
​Health Literacy references and consumer education materials.

The Joint Commission has several reports and projects related to communication and patient safety.

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) hosts the Health Literacy Discussion List. You can join the listserve and also find other services from IHA. 

Health Literacy Resources