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June 29, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 13

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HHS Update

ODPHP Releases Health Literacy Guide

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has published Health Literacy Online, a research-based how-to guide for creating health Web sites and Web content for the millions of Americans with limited literacy skills and limited experience using the Web. The strategies in this guide complement accepted principles of good Web design and have the potential to improve the online experience for all users, regardless of their literacy skills.

The guide is written for Web designers, Web content specialists, and other public health communications professionals and includes six chapters on how to:

  • Deliver online health information that is actionable and engaging
  • Create a health Web site that’s easy to use, particularly for people with limited literacy skills and limited experience using the Web
  • Evaluate and improve a health Web site with user-centered design

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