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(National Patient Safety Foundation) NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm.
Many people have trouble understanding information about their health. About 9 out of 10 American adults have some problems with health literacy. Health literacy is the ability to get the health information you need, and to understand it. It is also about using the information to make good decisions about your health and medical care. Low health literacy can harm your health
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.
The Health Information Resource Database includes 1,600 organizations and government offices that provide health information upon request. Entries include contact information, short abstracts, and information about publications and services the organizations provide
New Jersey Health Initiatives (NJHI) is a statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The NJHI program office is located on the Camden campus of Rutgers University. This program office is funded through a grant to the Rutgers Institute of Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. New Jersey Health Initiatives supports advancement in health services delivery, improvement in health and the expansion of leadership expertise through grantmaking across the State of New Jersey. To meet the many health needs of our state's diverse populations, regions and communities, the NJHI program encourages improvement and collaboration in health service programs, delivery systems, provider arrangements and financing mechanisms. NJHI's mission mirrors that of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in seeking to improve the health and health care of all New Jerseyans.
This site provides information and tools to improve health literacy and public health. These resources are for all organizations that interact and communicate with people about health, including public health departments, healthcare providers and facilities, health plans, government agencies, non-profit/community and advocacy organizations, childcare and schools, the media, and health-related industries.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality commissioned the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to develop and test this Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. The toolkit offers primary care practices a way to assess their services for health literacy considerations, raise awareness of the entire staff, and work on specific areas.
Health information access is a basic healthcare need. Literacy, health-literacy, illness, aging, disability and language are all issues that can pose barriers to obtaining basic health information. This site contains health education materials in a number of languages and a variety of formats. They are being developed to provide health information for diverse populations in a variety of settings. ideos, audio and handouts in more than 15 languages which can be viewed on the Internet or played on an iPod
Harvard School of Public Health Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills can be read and downloaded here. The book is now considered a classic text in health literacy. The authors, Ceci and Len Doak, are often introduced at health literacy conferences as ‘the grandparents’ of health literacy. Indeed, their contribution to the field and to our understanding of clear communication principles has been profound.
The Affordable Care Act puts consumers back in charge of their health care. Under the law, a new “Patient’s Bill of Rights” gives the American people the stability and flexibility they need to make informed choices about their health.