What’s New in Resource Center
Health Literacy Summit
Literacyworks and the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), Region III Resource Center produced the Health Literacy Summit (HLS) in February 2008. Attendees included adult education administrators and educators from sixteen western and northwestern states and Hawaii and Alaska plus health care professionals and adult learners. The purpose was to plan health literacy collaboration between the three groups. The new site ( at http://literacyworks.org/hls/) is fully accessible and hosts all of the presentations and summit proceedings.
The Health Literacy of America’s Adults
Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy -
The Health Literacy of America’s Adults is the first release of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) health literacy results. The results are based on assessment tasks designed specifically to measure the health literacy of adults living in the United States.
Materials Developed by the California Health Literacy Initiative
Low Literacy, High Risk: The Hidden Challenge Facing Health Care in
California: Findings from the California Health Literacy Initiative Pilot Study
Health Literacy Presentations for Adult Educators, Health Professionals and Literacy Students
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Health Literacy Resource Center
Health Literacy is the ability to read, understand and act upon health information.
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About the Health Literacy Resource Center
The Health Literacy Resource Center is a central resource for health literacy information and training. It is a one-stop-shop for Web-based health literacy resources. The information is provided for literacy practitioners, health care professionals, adult literacy and ESL students, and anyone who seeks a clear understanding of health information.
The Resource Center was developed to engage its audience in effectively and collectively responding to the problem of low health literacy. Visitors to the Resource Center can determine what information they need and what can be done to improve health literacy in their literacy programs, classrooms, homes, or health care facilities from the categories of information provided.
California Literacy, Inc., makes no claim as to the accuracy of the information provided in the California Health Literacy Initiative Resource Center.
General Selection Criteria for the California Health Literacy Initiative Resource Center:
All sites and materials included in the Health Literacy Resource Center will be useful for:
Health care professionals
Adult learners (*Plain Language Section)
Anyone who seeks a clear understanding of health information
The following criteria are used when considering a site or material for inclusion in the California Health Literacy Initiative Resource Center:
Criteria #1: Quality
The site/material must be relevant to the mission of the California Health Literacy Initiative Resource Center
The site/material must be relevant to the categories of information of the California Health Literacy Initiative Resource Center
The site/material must be readily understandable and useful to the intended audiences
The site/material must be reflective of current research
The site/material should must be well-presented and well-formatted; the submission of bilingual materials and materials in languages besides English is encouraged
The site/material must include bibliographic citations, when relevant
The site/material must have accurate and functioning URLs (with no “dead links”); links must not send Resource Center users to sites that are password protected or that are not freely accessible
Criteria #2: Longevity
The site/material should have lasting value
Older materials with lasting value for research or learning purposes may be included
If you of know of a resource that meets the above-mentioned criteria and would be a valuable addition to the California Health Literacy Initiative Resource Center, please submit the link and a description to:
625 Second St., Suite 107
Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: (707) 981-8086
Fax: (510) 981-8398