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What's New | November 11, 2009

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Health Literacy
Nearly one in two adults living in the United States has limited health literacy, which affects their ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information, according to a 2004 Institute of Medicine report. The highest rates of limited health literacy are among people who are older, low-income, medically underserved, and minorities. 

The featured innovations describe different approaches health professionals used in community-based settings to improve health literacy.  

The featured QualityTools provide several resources to assess patient's health literacy and address patients with low health literacy.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 Health Literacy Measurement Tools
Developed by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), John M. Eisenberg Center at Oregon Health and Science University

 IDEALL Health Project: Improving Diabetes Efforts Across Language and Literacy: Automated Telephone Disease Management (ATDM) Protocol
Developed by Community Health Network of San Francisco

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 Accessible Health Information Technology (IT) for Populations With Limited Literacy: A Guide for Developers and Purchasers of Health IT
Developed by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 Beginnings Guides
Developed by Practice Development Inc.

 Interactive Health Tutorials
Developed by Patient Education Institute