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AHRQ Celebrates Health Literacy Month

Per the notice below, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is celebrating health literacy.

Health Literacy Month: A great time to focus on communicating clearly

October is Health Literacy Month, the perfect time to consider the way we communicate health information.  To boost the chances that readers will understand written materials and Web content, keep these tips in mind:
  • Use plain language.  Easy-to-understand words are important in communicating and getting the outcomes you want.
  • Keep sentences clear.  Use active voice verbs, and avoid complex sentence structure.  Readers should have to read something just once to understand it.  This is particularly helpful for those with limited English skills.
  • Be concise.  Say what you mean, and keep it as short as possible.  Everybody is busy!
  • Check out free AHRQ health literacy tools for helpful resources: https://www.ahrq.gov/health-literacy/index.html.