Online Interactive Health Literacy Training Available!
Both the general public and health information professionals should be familiar with the important topic of health literacy. According to MedlinePlus, health literacy is defined as “how well a person can get the health information and services that they need, and how well they understand them.” A number of interactive online trainings are available for the general public to help everyone improve their own health literacy. Online trainings are also available for public health professionals to help them improve their ability to teach health literacy to the general public. Here’s a quick overview of a few online trainings available from government websites:
- Health Literacy Trainings for the General Public: The first place to check is the Videos & Tools section on MedlinePlus, where uses can access interactive trainings on Understanding Medical Words and Evaluating Health Information. Another useful resource is the Know the Science page of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) website, where users can access interactive modules, such as 9 Questions to Help You Make Sense of Health Research and The Facts About Health News Stories.
- Health Literacy Trainings for Public Health Professionals: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers six free online health literacy courses for health professionals, including the topics Writing for the Public and Creating Easier to Understand Lists, Charts, and Graphs. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) also offer periodic nationally available online courses, such as Health and Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services and Promoting Health Literacy Through Easy-to-Read Materials.