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Like so many around the world, those of us at CommunicateHealth send our heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of the victims in Orlando. We honor those they lost. We stand with our sisters and brothers of the LGBT community who gathered last weekend in the type of space that has come to represent safety … Continue reading

Say It Better with Icons

Illustration of a doodle explaining to 2 confused doodles "So there are these lines you can walk between that are someti...", while in the background, a doodle installs an iconic crosswalk sign, saying "I'll just put this right here" and another doodle says "It's all so clear to me now!"

Here at We ❤ Health Literacy Headquarters, we talk a lot about adding visuals to health content. This week, we’re talking about a visual element that’s both simple and powerful: the icon. Icons are simple representations of concepts or actions — visual abbreviations, if you will. They make it really easy to communicate without a lot … Continue reading

Caution: The Word “Effect” May “Affect” Your Writing

Illustration of a doodle on a game show, sweating as they decide whether to answer "affect" or "effect" to the question "This answer will ____ your entire life." The game show host is standing over them with a microphone saying "So. What'll it be?"

The English language (though beautiful) can be downright confusing sometimes, dear readers. That’s why, in a slight departure from our customary topic of health literacy, our editors have begged and pleaded with us to do a post about one of the most common mistakes we see in health communication: the dreaded “affect” vs. “effect” switch-a-roo. “Affect” … Continue reading

It’s a … stock photo site!

Illustration of the Picture Public Health logo (a multi-colored camera shutter with a + in the middle) being carried by a flying stork, as several people cheer from the ground.

If you’ve been with us for a while, dear readers, you’re probably aware of our stock photo woes. Here at We ❤ Health Literacy Headquarters, we’re no strangers to wading through hundreds of images that are generic, unsafe, or just plain weird — and we know other health communicators are facing the same challenges. That’s … Continue reading

We ❤ Keyboard Navigation

Illustration of pirate doodles sailing on a ship that's made out of a giant keyboard.

Accessibility is an issue that’s near and dear to our ❤s here at We ❤ Health Literacy Headquarters. We’ve shared accessibility tips before, but today we wanted to steer your attention specifically to keyboard navigation. (Get it?!) Keyboard navigation is when users browse a website’s links and content using the tab and enter keys instead … Continue reading

Exceed Our Expectations — Skip “Exceed”

Illustration of a doodle locking the word "exceed" in a vault labeled "CAUTION: HEALTH JARGON" and saying "In ya go!" while another doodle looks on skeptically, saying "Isn't this a little excessive?"

This week, we’re adding to our catalog of “use simpler words” entries. Though many of the terms we address are health-specific, we also tackle overly complicated words that have worked their way into health content. This week’s word belongs to the second category, and we unequivocally recommend skipping it altogether. Can you spot the unapproachable non-health … Continue reading