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APTR Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health Fall Meeting

4/5/2017 » 4/7/2017
APTR Annual Meeting - Teaching Prevention 2017

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Patrick Remington, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine & Public HealthAssociate Dean for Public Health and Professor of Population Health Sciences

Health Literacy Teaching Tools

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Health Literacy Teaching Tools

Always Use Teach-back! Training Toolkit

Comprehensive website on how to use Teach-back in a non-shaming way to confirm understanding. Have students complete the Interaction Teach-back Learning Module with videos examples showing best practice. 
Source: A. Abrams, UnityPointHealth

Health Literacy and Patient Safety – Help Patients Understand

Video was originally developed as part of continuing medical education toolkit designed to improve patient-provider communication. Show this video to demonstrate the impact low literacy has on patients and how to create a non-shaming environment. 
Source: America Medical Association Foundation 


The Health Literacy Environment Activity Packet

Includes a walking interview activity which students can use to assess the health literacy environment of organizations. Have students conduct a health literacy organizational assessment of local health facility and write up recommendation for improvement. 
Source: R. Rudd, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010 or


Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

Online overview tutorial on health literacy for public health professionals. Use this video as an introduction to health literacy from a public health perspective. 
Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Health Literacy Tool Shed

Searchable collection of evidence-based health literacy assessment tools includes psychometric properties and other details. Have student search this site for tools appropriate for use with an audience of their choice. 
Source: M. Paasche-Orlow, Boston University School of Medicine 

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

Collection of tools to help health care practices meet the health literacy needs of all patients. 
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 2013

National Center for Cultural Competency (NCCC)

A leader in the field of cultural competency and health disparities.
See Cultural Brokers Help Families and Providers Bridge the Cultural Divide to learn about the role cultural brokers play in reducing health disparities

Use The Gonzales Family Data Vignette, a case study demonstrating the relationship between health, literacy and language as an activity to increase awareness and understanding of how to address racial and ethnic disparities

Source: Georgetown University

Simply Put: A guide for creating and easy to understand materials

A guide to developing easy-to-read materials that provides tips and examples for text, language, visuals, layout, design, culture and translation. Students can use this guide to help them develop an easy-to-read material on a health topic of their choice. 
Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2012

Think Culture Health - Communication Tools

Select professional development tools to advance health equity through culturally and linguistically appropriate services. To learn about language access interventions and how to work effectively with Interpreters, see
- Interpret Tool: and
- Working with an interpreter:

Watch the Think Speak Act Culture Health Part 1 and Part 2 videos and discuss. 

Source: US Office of Minority Health

This is Bad Enough

Video poetry slam, by Elspeth Murray, Poet and Wordsmith, demonstrates the wide spread use of jargon in its impact on individuals and families. Show this video to make the case for avoiding jargon in health and healthcare. 
Source: Elspeth Murry, 2006


Using Numbers and Explaining Risk

Online tutorial with the latest research on numeracy and how to communicate risk and other health information using numbers. Assign this tutorial as part of your online teaching and learning to strengthen student ability to communicate numbers. 
Source: US Centers for Disease Control an d Prevention (CDC)



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