Health Literacy Month


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Cheryl Stephens created this display of multimedia art to mark Health Literacy Month and International Plain Language Day.

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Health Literacy Month

  1. 1. October is Health Literacy Month<br />International Plain Language Day<br />October 13<br />
  2. 2. October is big!<br />Health Literacy Month<br />October 1 – 31 <br /> Health Literacy Month promotes the importance of understandable health information. Founded by Helen Osborne in 1999.<br />International Plain Language Day<br />October 13<br />
  3. 3. What is Health Literacy?<br />The movement for Health Literacy tackles the problem of poor communication that affects health and well-being. <br /> Health providers are part of the problem and part of the solution; this is not just about reading abilities of the public.<br /> My aim is to emphasize that medical professionals and the health care industry could provide clear, effective communication that patients understand. <br />
  4. 4. What is Plain Language?<br />Plain Language as a mode of communication is about more than writing technique, <br /> it also adopts:<br />results of scientific research into how the human brain processes information<br />evaluation of the communication through various methods<br />
  5. 5. Multimedia Art<br />As a reader advocate I created 6 of the 7 pieces to explore the patient’s perspective of medical language to mark Health Literacy Month.<br />To create these pieces, I used acrylic, paper, crayon, bubble wrap, and glitter. <br />
  6. 6. Plain Is Painless <br />I was inspired by new research into cognitive fluency to create the series Plain Is Painless.<br />Written information that is familiar and easy to process is perceived as effortless and pleasing. <br />Detail<br />
  7. 7. Plain Is Painless 1<br />
  8. 8. Plain Is Painless 2<br />
  9. 9. Plain Is Painless 2<br />Detail<br />
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  11. 11. Your Language Is a Puzzle to Me<br />Detail<br />Detail<br />
  12. 12. Spouting Words<br />Spouting Words was a collaboration between me, Mahala Elliott, and the grocery delivery man. <br />I was making a giant wave that would drown the swimmer. The delivery man saw it and said, “Oh, you’re painting a whale.” <br /> Mahala could also see the whale, so she took over and finished the piece.<br />
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  14. 14. Spouting Words<br />Detail <br />
  15. 15. Spouting Words<br />Detail<br />
  16. 16. Too Much Information<br />This piece holds fortune cookie slips from the 2011 Health Literacy Conference <br />of the Institute for Healthcare Advancement.<br />Detail<br />
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  18. 18. Too Much Information<br />Detail<br />Detail<br />
  19. 19. Long Ago<br /> As professionals go through their training, they learn new skills and a new language. <br /> Some of the new words are jargon and some are necessary technical words. But they interfere with communicating with patients.<br />
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  21. 21. Long ago<br />Details<br />
  22. 22. Home Planet<br /> The center of this piece was created with melted crayons and glitter.<br />This piece expresses my desire that we remember we are just human. Use human language except when talking to machines.<br />
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  24. 24. Home Planet - Detail<br /> This is my home planet—is it yours?<br /> Then, please remember to use friendly, human language.<br />
  25. 25. Keep in touch?<br />Cheryl Stephens,<br />@CherylStephens #iplday<br /> Home<br /> Blog<br /><br /><br />Helen Osborne, helen at <br />founded Health Literacy Month<br />