Public health

Plain Language Summaries: A Socio-economic Analysis of Health and Literacy Among Seniors (2007)

This is a summary of a Statistics Canada study examining the relationship between the socio-economic factors that shape population health on the one hand, and literacy levels and practices on the other, with special emphasis on senior citizens.

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2012-12-10

An Inter-sectoral Approach for Improving Health Literacy for Canadians - A Discussion Paper (2012)

This discussion paper is the work of a multi-sector advisory group convened by the Public Health Association of British Columbia with the goal of identifying priorities and organizing them into a comprehensive framework for improving health literacy in Canada.

The document includes a definition of health literacy and an explanation of why it is important.

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2012-05-25

Flu Pandemic Communications Toolkit (2007)

Your Life Is In Your Hands

This toolkit by the Canadian Public Health Association explains the steps we can take to help prevent, prepare for, and protect ourselves against the next flu pandemic.

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2008-03-27

Building the Right Partnerships (2004)

Peter Calamai addressed the Second Canadian Conference on Literacy and Health on October 19, 2004 in Ottawa. In his address, he discussed adult literacy, including literacy levels Canada, literacy and health relationships and the importance of forging partnerships between the public health field and the literacy movement.

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2004-11-26

Good Medicine for Seniors: (2002)

Guidelines for Plain Language and Good Design in Prescription Medication

These Guidelines should help those involved with providing patient information to use plain language and clear verbal communication – pharmaceutical manufacturers, physicians, pharmacists and other health care providers.

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2003-04-03

Clear Language and Organizational Change (2002)

The goal of Public Health is to promote and protect health and prevent disease. Jamie explained how, at Halton, clear language is one component of a larger “Equal Access Strategy” that aims to remove barriers to public health services.

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2003-04-02

Nutrition Educators Learn Plain Language Basics: On-Line, Quick and Easy (2002)

Nutrition educators who choose and develop print materials need to learn plain language skills. However, distance, budgets, and time can limit attendance at trainings. To address these challenges, nutrition educators with the Oregon State University Extension Service developed Web-based information modules. Ellen described this exciting project and the positive reaction it has received from users.

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2003-04-02

Hey, I can read that! Perspectives on plain language and people with developmental disabilities (2002)

Jean talked about how teams of people with developmental disabilities create plain documents. She described how they do it and how this work has changed her as a person. Janet discussed some of the problems of producing materials for people who have more difficulty reading and understanding. She gave suggestions based on experience and talked about the effects of the plain language movement on the rehabilitation profession.

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2003-03-24

Training Health Care Providers in Plain Language (2002)

Health care practitioners are increasingly aware of the need for easier-to-read, plain language materials for patients and their families. If people working in health care are responsible for choosing and developing appropriate print materials, they need to learn some new skills.

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2003-03-24

The Road to Recovery Project (2002)

Carolyn described a project called Home Care after a Heart Attack, for which her company was asked to design some forms. What evolved was something much more than a few forms. She shared the story of how the project won Best of Show in a Society for Technical Communication competition.

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2003-03-14

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