Quick Checklist for Plain Language

The Maximus Center for Health Literacy

http://www.maximus.com/sites/default/files/MAXIMUS_CHL_PlainLanguageChecklist.pdf

This two-sided reference will help you check your print and web materials for plain language and formatting that helps readers find and understand key messages. Check your materials for Reader Focus, Organization, Writing, Design, and Formatting. The more items with checks, the more likely it will be that readers can understand and use the material. Tips for checking the language are also included.

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CDC Clear Communication Index and Scoring Widget

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/ccindex/index.html

 Clear Communication Index Scoring Widget

http://www.cdc.gov/ccindex/widget.html

The CDC Clear Communication Index is a research-based tool to help you develop and assess public communication materials. The 20 items in the index build on and expand plain language techniques described in the Federal Plain Language Guidelines. The Index goes beyond checklists and readability formulas by focusing on the most important research-based items that enhance clarity and aid understanding. The index also provides a numerical score so you can objectively assess and improve materials based on the best available science.

Building Health Literate Organizations

UnityPoint Health

http://www.unitypoint.org/health-literacy-guidebook.aspx

A health literate health care organization is described as easier for people to use, and critical to delivering patient-centered care (Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations). It supports patient-provider communication to improve health care quality, reduce errors, facilitate shared decision-making, and improve health outcomes. This guidebook will help health care organizations of any size engage in organizational change to become health literate. It complements many excellent health literacy resources, helping you use them effectively and reliably. It includes background, resources, examples, and lessons learned to help build a health literate health care organization