The Case for Bilingual Materials

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As you know, dear readers, translation is important. It makes your plain language, audience-centered content more accessible to people who struggle with English or can’t speak it at all. In the United States, that’s about 13 million people, according to the Census Bureau. But what do we ❤︎ even more than a translated material? A … Continue reading

Book Club: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

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It’s summertime, dear readers, and that means it’s time to dive into your summer reading lists! In this edition of the We ❤ Health Literacy Book Club, we’re talking about one of our very favorite books about the intersection of culture and health. Written by Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down … Continue reading

Choose “Something”

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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

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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