Plain Language Training Programs:
- Program for Readability in Science and Medicine (PRISM): This is a free 1-hour online course to help research teams improve the readability of consent forms and other participant materials. Need speakers or headphones for audio content.
- NIH Plain Language Training (Please note: There are many reading examples and exercises, and they are not specifically "health" related topics but it can still be helpful to see complex writings that are made easy to read.) This online training has 8 modules that include:
- Module 1: How People Read
- Module 2: Concise Writing
- Module 3: Clarity
- Module 4: Format
- Module 5: Organizing Your Ideas
- Module 6: Choosing Words
- Module 7: Tone
- Module 8: Optional Exercises
Health Literacy Training Programs for Health Professionals:
- CDC Health Literacy Training: This online training introduces the fundamentals of health literacy and demonstrates the importance of health literacy within public health practice. It is about health literacy, and not specifically plain language.
- Maximus Webinars: This is a great resource where you can watch the webinar or print off the slides on various subjects.
- Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) Plain Language Resources: These tools and guides will tell you how to develop and offer educational materials that people can understand and use to get healthy.
- CDC's "Find Training" page: Training in health literacy, plain language, culture and communication.
Health Literacy Summit
Over 350 people attended the 2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, which focused on how improved health literacy can help individuals become more engaged with their health and healthcare.
An additional 80 individuals attended the Medication Label Summit centering on how improving prescription drug labels can help patient understanding. Visit our Summit page for more information.
Wisconsin Health Literacy is working with a patient advisory council to design easy-to-read medication labels. Our work has impacted about 3 million prescription labels in Wisconsin. Read more about this project.