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Health Literacy Month Reminds Us to be Thoughtful about Our Communication

You don't know what you don't know. The truth of that statement is more than a little disconcerting. Some say that ignorance is bliss, and maybe in some cases it is best to go about your day blissfully unaware. But there is no blissfully unaware when it comes to health. As a health communicator for more than 15 years, I've made a career out of telling people what they need to know about health and the health care system. So that's why, once again, I find myself penning a blog post … [Read More]

Health Literacy Initiative Focuses on Provider Education

If you've been a loyal reader of the Healthyist, you know that health literacy is a "pet" topic of ours. As managing editor at MMG, my job is to ensure that the materials we create for patients include the right information and that the information is written in the right way. That means my team is keenly focused on plain language principles. We understand that health literacy levels in this country, as well as around the world, remain lower than many believe. We also understand that … [Read More]

Health Literacy Month Sheds Light on Continued Need for Improvement

October is Health Literacy Month. This is the third year in a row we are talking about this topic on the Healthyist, and I wondered if I had anything new to say on the topic. As I began my research, I realized that of course I have more to say because health literacy is something that we must talk about again and again to assert its importance in the health communication and public health arenas. In particular, what stands out to me is that improving health literacy is NOT something… [Read More]


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