How To Create a Pill Card
Use this guide from the AHRQ to find out how you can create an easy-to-use "pill card" for your patients, parents, or anyone you know who has a hard time keeping track of their medicines.
An Inter-sectoral Approach for Improving Health Literacy for Canadians
The Approach identifies the importance of improving health literacy as a crucial component of the determinants of health. Its three fundamental components (develop knowledge, raise awareness and build capacity, and build infrastructure and partnerships) are intended to guide and encourage collective and cohesive actions at federal, provincial/territorial, and local levels that will result in the enhanced health literacy of all Canadians.
Sample Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
This resources contains a sample Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy for a fictional organization — ABC Community Health Center. The plan can be used as a guide for national, state, county, and community health organizations committed to improving health literacy. The sample plan includes both Action Steps and specific measurable Objectives to be used for evaluation. Consider writing, adopting, and implementing a similar plan in your own organization.
Making Health Literacy Real: The Beginnings of My Organization’s Plan for Action
This easy-to-use template helps you and your organization get started in developing your own plan to change organizational and professional practices to improve health literacy. Developing a plan for action does not have to be an overwhelming process and this template can help you think through the steps needed from getting buy-in and conducting an assessment to developing goals and monitoring progress.
Steps to Developing an Organizational Plan
From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an online tutorial with suggested actions and helpful templates: "Every organization involved in health information and services needs its own health literacy plan. Without an action plan, organizational improvements to address health literacy will likely be uncoordinated and not sustainable. Everyone has limited time and resources, and having a plan helps you know what to do first."
Promoting Health Literacy to Encourage Prevention and Wellness – Workshop Summary
The IOM’s Roundtable on Health Literacy brings together leaders from the federal government, foundations, health plans, associations, and private companies to discuss challenges related to health literacy and to identify approaches to promoting health literacy in both the public and private sectors. On September 15, 2009, the Roundtable held a workshop to explore approaches to integrate health literacy in to primary and secondary prevention. The workshop featured presentations and discussions on select topics related to health literacy’s role in preventive health care. This document is a summary of the workshop.
Health Literacy Implications for Health Care Reform – Workshop Summary
On November 10, 2010, the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy held a workshop to explore opportunities to advance health literacy in association with the implementation of health care reform. Though the legislation offers no regulatory mandates or specific resources for improving health literacy, the ACA does directly mention health literacy and offers opportunities to improve health literacy as part of broader efforts to improve health care. Participants in the workshop examined ways to improve health literacy alongside efforts to expand coverage, provide equitable care, and improve health care quality.
Validation of Screening Questions for Limited Health Literacy in a Large VA Outpatient Population
Previous studies have shown that a single question may identify individuals with inadequate health literacy. We evaluated and compared the performance of 3 health literacy screening questions for detecting patients with inadequate or marginal health literacy in a large VA population. We conclude that a single question may be useful for detecting patients with inadequate health literacy in a VA population.
Interventions to Improve Care for Patients with Limited Health Literacy
This article from Sudore and Schillinger proposes a framework and describse best practices for improving care for patients with limited health literacy.
Health Literacy in Wales: A scoping document for Wales
This scoping report identifies a Welsh definition of health literacy, explores implications for Wales, provides an overview of current activities, considers measurement opportunities, and offers evidence-based recommendations for the Welsh Assembly Government’s consideration of how to improve health literacy in Wales.