Health literacy remains a major issue in the United States, resulting in increased rates of hospitalization and emergency care use, as well as lower rates of recommended screenings and vaccinations. (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO))
The Society for Public Health Education and the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing have announced the findings of the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis. The results of the study have implications for professional preparation, credentialing, and professional development of all health education specialists. (Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE))
Resources related to health literacy including health literacy measurement tools; strategies to improve communication; and for resources patients and consumers.
Information on preventive services, screening tests, and tips for good health including consumer brochures available to download and print.
Instrument tool to assess the understandability and actionability of print and audiovisual patient education materials.
A web-based resource featuring the latest news and essential resources on patient safety. The site offers weekly updates of patient safety literature, news, tools, and meetings ("What's New"), and a vast set of carefully annotated links to important research and other information on patient safety ("The Collection").
Access to scientific evidence, recommendations on clinical preventive services, and information on how to implement recommended preventive services in clinical practice.
A guide that providers can use to give patients the information they need to help them care for themselves when they leave the hospital.
Pathfinder page links to materials that help tobacco users quit.
Listening carefully to your doctor and asking questions about a diagnosis or test results can help you get better care.
A national health promotion and disease prevention initiative that addresses children's health needs in the context of family and community.
Searchable online database of Asian language cancer materials.
The Center for School, Health and Education focuses on the role that school-based health centers can play in ensuring educational success and promoting the well-being of school-age children and teens.
Healthy You is a free health tipsheet published 10 times a year by The Nation's Health, the official newspaper of the American Public Health Association. Healthy You offers easy-to-understand materials on a range of health topics. Each issue addresses a single health topic.
A searchable database that includes information on over 1,100+ national, international and demonstrational model self-help support groups, ideas for starting groups, and opportunities to link with others to develop needed new national or international groups.
Resource for anyone who is interested in educating others about public health issues or the field of public health.
Public health protects and improves the health of individuals, communities, and populations, locally and globally.
Resource to increase the capacity of public health professionals to create programs that benefit entire communities, including people who have disabilities. Users can search and browse disability and health related resources by their interests and professional needs. Resource topics include: nutrition, health care access, physical activity, emergency preparedness, obesity, accessibility, tobacco, and general inclusion issues. Practical, hands-on resources such as field guides, factsheets, checklists, brochures, and other tools are featured.
This NCI web portal provides cancer control planners, program staff, and researchers with access to web-based resources.
Resources for strategic communication to improve health and save lives.
The Center links educators and health professionals to the information essential to building effective school health programs, tests new school-connected strategies to achieve better health outcomes for children, and promotes awareness of successful new directions in school-based programming.
Provides specific information on cultural perspectives of foreign-born persons in the U.S.
ACHIEVE fosters collaborative partnerships to enhance local communities' abilities to help prevent or manage health-risk factors for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and arthritis.
Research-based tool to plan and assess public communication materials. The Index provides a numerical score on a scale of 100 so that developers of communication products can objectively assess and improve materials based on the best available science.
CDC en Español is CDC's gateway for health and safety information in Spanish.
Resources to build health communication and social marketing campaigns and programs.
Social media tool kit including MessageWorks, SocialMediaWorks, and ProofWorks to support the work of health communicators.
Guidance documents for using social media tools to reach target audiences with strategic, effective and user-centric health interventions.
CDC's Winnable Battles are public health priorities with large-scale impact on health and with known, effective strategies to address them.
CDC's Healthy Communities Program works to engage communities and mobilize national networks to focus on chronic disease prevention.
Online videos that cover a variety of health, safety and preparedness topics. The videos include single-topic presentations as well as series for children, parents and public health professionals. Most are short and all include captioning for the hearing-impaired.
CDCynergy is a multimedia CD-ROM used for planning, managing, and evaluating public health communication programs. This innovative tool is used to guide and assist users in designing health communication interventions within a public health framework.
Collection of teaching and educational resources to promote student interest in public health and epidemiology.
The goal of Get Smart for Healthcare is to optimize the use of antimicrobial agents in inpatient healthcare settings by focusing on strategies to help hospitals and other inpatient facilities implement interventions to improve antibiotic use. Interventions and programs designed to improve antibiotic use are also referred to as "antimicrobial stewardship."
Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to resist the effects of an antibiotic designed to treat infections. Every time a person takes an antibiotic, bacteria that normally live in our bodies are killed, but resistant germs may be left to grow and multiply. Repeated use of antibiotics can lead to an increase in dangerous bacteria that are difficult to treat. These are often referred to by the media as "superbugs."
CDC's museum's homepage with items of interest to children, teachers, and other CDC visitors.
Monthly collection of journal links to recently published articles and reports with particular relevance for the public health communication community.
Information and tools to improve health literacy and public health.
Resource for workforce health promotion (WHP) program planners in state and federal government. Planners at non-government workplaces may also find this Web site useful in generating ideas for WHP in their organizations. The site provides information, resources, and step-by-step toolkits to help improve the health of employees.
The Million Hearts Initiative brings together communities, health systems, nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, and private-sector partners from across the country to fight heart disease and stroke.
The National Healthy Worksite Program is designed to assist employers in implementing science and practice-based prevention and wellness strategies that will lead to specific, measurable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates.
Childhood vaccination schedules and vaccine safety precautions.
Public Health Image Library containing a collection of public domain images.
Curriculum to help educate African American communities on how to prevent and control diabetes through healthy eating and physical activity.
A searchable, comprehensive database of materials from national and international organizations. At this "one-stop" site of tuberculosis (TB) education and training resources, you can search for materials by language, target audience, and format.
National, multicultural, social marketing campaign that encourages young people ages 9-13 years to be physically active every day.
Tool to help employers assess whether they have implemented science-based health promotion and protection interventions in their worksites to prevent heart disease, stroke, and related health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.
Interactive social networking site for communities and their partners to share stories and resources and engage with the public and other communities around obesity and tobacco issues.
Provides a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use.
The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities. Its goal is to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources
Online mechanism for peer review and dissemination of health-related community-engaged scholarship products. Products include videos, manuals, curricula, and products developed through service-learning, community-based participatory research and other community-engaged work.
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. CCPH sponsors conferences, training institutes and customized consultation to strengthen community-academic linkages in public health. The CCPH website contains a wealth of resources on practice-based learning, community-based participatory research and community-engaged scholarship.
Provides access to deployment health and family readiness information for service members, families and healthcare providers. This online library includes fact sheets, guides and other products on a wide variety of topics.
Federal Government website that offers trusted prevention and wellness resources for consumers including actionable health information and tools presented in an easy-to-use format.
The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy seeks to engage organizations, professionals, policymakers, communities, individuals, and families in a linked, multisector effort to improve health literacy.
Partnering to Heal is a computer-based, interactive learning tool for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates.
The toolkit features one health observance for each month of the year and provides information and ideas for health promotion activities.
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying.
Comprehensive patient reference guides from ECRI, an international independent nonprofit agency and Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization. ECRI is designated as an Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI's mission is to improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare.
Focused coverage of systematic and non-systematic reviews of effectiveness in health promotion and public health worldwide. This register currently contains details of over 2,500 reviews of health promotion and public health effectiveness.
This resource features timely consumer health stories on pressing FDA topics, provides links to its most requested information, and includes interactive content.
This website provides information about FDA's Radiological Health Program including its 2005-2010 plan to adapt to current public health needs.
Provides information resources on tobacco products for consumers and healthcare professionals.
Drug safety information for patients, consumers, and healthcare professionals.
Easy-to-understand information about foodborne illness for pregnant women. This site is in both in English and Spanish.
Information for mammography facility personnel, inspectors, and consumers about the implementation of the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA). The FDA adminsters several quality and standards activities. This is one example.
A resource to educate and inform health care professionals on patient safety issues relating to medical devices.
An interactive and educational program about the safe and effective use of over-the-counter medicines.
MedWatch provides timely safety information on medical products and drugs regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). MedWatch also allows healthcare professionals and consumers to report serious problems with any FDA regulated product and any serious adverse event.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health (OWH) serves as a champion for women's health both within and outside the agency.
Information about personal protective equipment (PPE) that is regulated by the FDA for use in patient care activities including surgical masks and surgical N-95 respirators, medical gloves, and surgical gowns.
Provides consumers with information on a variety of health related topics. Also provides regulated industry information on drugs, good and veterinary medicine
Fact sheets on food safety for at-risk populations including older adults, transplant recipients, pregnant women, and people with cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.
Provides the Materal and Child Health community with accurate and timely information on a broad range of topics.
Ethnic medicine website containing medical and cultural information about immigrant and refugee groups. The objective of the website is to make information about culture, language, health, illness and community resources directly accessible to health care providers who see patients from different ethnic groups.
Highlights HRSA-supported projects on cross-cultural health care in areas such as assessment, culture and language, specific diseases, health professions, research, special populations, technical assistance, training, and web-based learning.
Online interactive training course that aims to raise the quality of provider-patient interactions by teaching providers and their staff how to gauge and respond to their patients' health literacy, cultural background, and language skills.
On the Web site, you will find tools for teaching your community about poison prevention. You can learn what Poison Help offers and when a person should call a local poison center.
This site contains free audio, written and multimedia health education materials in a number of languages.
Provides resources of interest to the public health community, including links to hot topics, publications and news resources.
Online collection of local public health tools that public health professionals and other external stakeholders can use to inform and improve their work in the promotion and advancement of public health objectives.
Employer resources for creating evidence-based prevention and wellness programs including preventive services recommendations, tools to track current preventive usage, and cost and value data on each clinical preventive service.
The National Center for Cultural Competence (NCCC) provides national leadership and contributes to the body of knowledge on cultural and linguistic competency within systems and organizations. Major emphasis is placed on translating evidence into policy and practice for programs and personnel concerned with health and mental health care delivery, administration, education and advocacy.
Toolkit to help public health educators and others educate the public about the role of regular eye exams in maintaining good eye health. It includes a variety of resources such as web links, e-cards, PSAs, sample text messages, fact sheets, and downloadable posters, bookmarks, and stickers that can be used to promote the importance of eye exams.
Health education programs and resources to increase awareness about preserving sight and preventing blindness.
Training materials to help older adults find reliable, up-to-date online health information on their own. The training features two websites from the National Institutes of Health -- NIHSeniorHealth.gov and MedlinePlus.gov.
Leadership to Keep Children Alcohol Free, a coalition of Governors' spouses, Federal agencies, and public and private organizations, is an initiative to prevent the use of alcohol by children ages 9
The NIH Clear Communication Initiative focuses on tools and resources that address health literacy particularly as it relates to conveying scientific information and research: 1) Providing information in the form and with the content that is accessible to specific audiences based on cultural competence; and 2) Incorporating plain language approaches and new technologies.
Resources to help those with Diabetes, at risk for Diabetes or who care for someone with Diabetes
Interactive teaching units that combine cutting-edge science research discoveries from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with state-of-the-art instructional materials. Each supplement is a teacher's guide to two weeks of lessons on science and human health.
Health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.
Materials and resources about NIH initiatives and education campaigns.
Topics pertaining to women's health collected to support the mission of the Office of Research on Women's Health to promote research in the field.
Resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
MedlinePlus provides authoritative health information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues for patients, families, and health professionals. The website provides easy-to-read resources, patient education handouts, and information in multiple languages.
Guidelines to create easy-to-read health materials including links to resources on health literacy.
Online resources related to cultural competency, health literacy, and health resources in multiple languages.
An interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances and environmental health risks.
Information about health literacy including health literacy in a cultural context, the prevalence of low health literacy, and initiatives to improve patient communication.
Web site contains a list of links that contain consumer health information. Each link also contains a list of languages that are available for the resource.
Resources to bring safety and health messages to rural communities.
Provides culturally appropriate resources for Native Americans and special needs populations.
Contains Take Care New York Action Steps to improve your health, with specific things you can do, along with Additional Resources to help you follow through.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion's Web site brings together work on the Healthy People 2010 Health Communication Focus Area, the Prevention Communication Research Database, and consumer and patient e-health.
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has pulled together key tools, research and reports, and resources for public health and health communication professionals.
Provides an overview of health literacy concepts and techniques for improving health literacy. Designed for government employees, grantees and contractors, and community partners working in healthcare and public health fields. The tools can be applied to healthcare delivery, policy, administration, communication, and education activities aimed at the public.
Resources on cultural comptency and removing language and cultural barriers to health care for limited English-speaking populations.
Provides resources and tools to promote cultural and linguistic competency in health care including access to free and accredited continuing education programs.
Provides education resources in multiple languages for health care professionals and others to use in their communities. Resources are easy to read and culturally appropriate.
The mission of the Partnership for Food Safety Education is to end illness and death from foodborne infections in the United States. The Partnership delivers science-based behavioral health messaging and a network of resources that support consumers and health educators.
Digital communications network designed to reach society's most vulnerable populations with information that can advance positive health and social outcomes.
High quality training and health promotion materials that include information on preparedness; immunization; epidemiology; diabetes; infectious diseases; performance management; asthma and allergies; and health disparities. Materials are available in a variety of formats, including print, computer-based, and video.
The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) is a national resource on rural health and human services information. Information specialists are available to provide customized assistance for rural topics and funding resources, links users to organizations and furnish relevant publications from the RAC resource library.
Resource for residents along the U.S.-Mexico border and others seeking information on health and human services for border communities.
This resource describes the complementary roles that health education specialists and community health workers have to improve the health of individuals and communities.
Health Promotion Practice (HPP) publishes authoritative, peer-reviewed articles devoted to the practical application of health promotion and education.
This website provides information and resources on current chronic disease state policy, disparities associated with chronic disease, and collaborating health policy organizations.
This website provides information to health professionals about environmental health and all-hazards emergency preparedness. It seeks to bridge the gap between research and practice by promoting new tools, resources, and training and education on these topics, as well as enhancing the exchange among SOPHE's National Environmental and Health Promotion Network.
The SOPHE Knowledge Center (SKC) provides a consistent, efficient way for health education professionals to access materials relevant to their field and provide evidence-based support for positive changes in health, health policy, research, and/or practice.
The SOPHE injury prevention website is designed to strengthen the connection between behavioral science and health education with more comprehensive approaches to unintentional injury and violence prevention.
The National Directory is a listing of Federal, State, local and private facilities that provide substance abuse treatment services.
Address the information needs of Iowa public health professionals by creating an easy-to-use web site that emphasizes local and state resources and provides links to National Library of Medicine (NLM) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resources.
DiversityRx supports the work of health care providers, policymakers, researchers, and advocates to improve the accessibility and quality of health care for minority, immigrant, and indigenous communities. The site provides information on cultural healthcare issues including cultural competence professional development.
The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA) is a non-governmental organization that fights to preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobial drugs. The organization conducts research and collects and disseminates information to control antimicrobial resistance and ensure access to effective antibiotics.
Unite for Sight works to build healthier communities through disease prevention, eye health promotion and health education. This organization works nationally and internationally to develop sustainable solutions to reduce health disparities.
UnitedHealth Group established the United Health Foundation in 1999 as a nonprofit, private foundation with a mission to support the health and medical decisions made by physicians, health professionals, community leaders and individuals that lead to better health outcomes and healthier communities.
This site contains examples of tested and evaluated graphic displays of health information. The health visualizations include graphs, charts, and images that effectively communicate risk information and help make sense of health data.
This site offers a searchable and browsable database of posters on a variety of social issues such as dance, family, hygiene, mental health, reproduction, sexual abstinence, and more. From the Social Welfare History Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries.
An interactive computer game developed by the University of Minnesota Midwest Center for Life-Long-Learning in Public Health that is designed to introduce high school students to the field of public health.
An initiative to address the burden of cancer disparities and stimulate behavior modification to improve public health in the Hispanic/Latino community.
Interactive lesson plan for school health personnel, educators, and librarians that aims to increase high school students' capabilities to access and evaluate quality health information on the Internet.
The RE-AIM framework is designed to enhance the quality, speed, and public health impact of efforts to translate research into practice.