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Program Makes Staff More Sensitive to Health Literacy and Promotes Access to Understandable Health Information 8/13/2014
The Health Literacy Collaborative of UnityPoint Health (previously Iowa Health System) educates staff on the importance of communicating health information clearly to patients and families regardless of reading ability, creates easy-to-understand materials based on patients’ needs and preferences, and trains health care workers to use these materials with their patients.
Hospital Provides Non-English-Speaking Patients With Recording of Discharge Instructions in Native Language, Leading to Improved Comprehension and High Satisfaction 7/30/2014
A hospital makes a telephone-based recording of discharge instructions available to non–English-speaking and low-literacy patients in their native language, leading to improved comprehension of discharge instructions and high levels of patient/family satisfaction.
In-Office Education via Hand-Held Electronic Device Enhances Patient Knowledge Without Burdening Primary Care Staff 7/30/2014
A primary care clinic offers patients 3- to 5-minute educational video modules, leading to enhanced patient knowledge without placing incremental demands on physicians and staff.
Pediatric Center Offers Coordinated, Culturally Appropriate Services, Increasing Access to Comprehensive Care for Low-Income Children With Special Health Care Needs 7/30/2014
A pediatric center provides comprehensive, coordinated services within a primary care medical home for low-income and immigrant children with special health care needs.
Automated, Telephone-Based Interactive, Language-Appropriate Monitoring Engages and Improves Health Behaviors of Low-Income Diabetes Patients 7/16/2014
The Automated Telephone Diabetes Management program, a part of the IDEALL project, provided automated telephone monitoring of individuals with poorly controlled type II diabetes who receive their care at four safety net clinics in San Francisco.
QualityTools
Accessible Health Information Technology (IT) for Populations With Limited Literacy: A Guide for Developers and Purchasers of Health IT 6/18/2014
This guide and checklist for developers and purchasers of health information (IT) provides structure, strategies, and other resources for the development of accessible health IT products.
A Guide to Choosing and Adapting Culturally and Linguistically Competent Health Promotion Materials 5/7/2014
This 12-page guide aims to assist local and community organizations in making appropriate choices among existing materials and provides recommendations for adapting such materials for use in health promotion efforts.

The guide also includes additional resources on the following topics:

  • General health promotion
  • Assessing materials for low-literacy readers
  • Alternative formats for people with disabilities
  • Creation of materials for diverse populations on a variety of health issues
Health Literacy Kit 5/7/2014
This kit for clinicians includes a guide and videos featuring an overview of health literacy issues, ways to assess whether a patient is health-literate, and strategies that clinicians can use to enhance patients' health literacy.
Promoting Cultural and Linguistic Competency: Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Settings 5/7/2014
This checklist is intended to heighten the awareness and sensitivity of personnel to the importance of cultural diversity, cultural competence, and linguistic competence in early childhood settings.
Promoting Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competency: Self-Assessment Checklist for Personnel Providing Services and Supports to Children with Disabilities and Special Health Needs and Their Families 5/7/2014
This checklist is intended to heighten the awareness and sensitivity of personnel to the importance of cultural diversity and cultural competence in human service settings.

Last updated: August 27, 2014.