Plain language is not “dumbing down.”

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Want to know the quickest way to upset a writer at We ❤︎ Health Literacy Headquarters? Say that writing health content in plain language is “dumbing down” the information. This not only upsets us, but it insults the 9 out of 10 Americans who struggle with understanding and using health information. A big part of the … Continue reading

Reflections on TEDMED 2013 and Hopes for TEDMED 2014


  The following is a guest post by Dr. Ivor Braden Horn, a board-certified pediatrician and leading thinker on how social media and mobile health technology can be used to improve health outcomes in underserved populations. She is an NIH-funded investigator whose research interests focus on health care communications and child health disparities.     … Continue reading

We are the 90%

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According to the most recent data on literacy in the United States, only 10 percent of adults have the knowledge and skills needed to understand important information about their health. Our access to health services and informed health decision-making are dependent on this information. So what about the other 90 percent? We all want – … Continue reading

Inspiration and Innovation at UPA Boston’s 11th Annual Usability & User Experience Conference

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How can organizations better involve clients in the design process? Are formal written reports the best way to communicate usability test findings? How can we engage new users in mobile and Web-based games for behavior change? These were a few of the questions that were explored at the 2012 UPA Boston Conference. UPA 2012 allowed … Continue reading

Gearing Up for UPA Boston

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The regional chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association in Boston – UPA Boston – is hosting its annual Usability and User Experience Conference this Monday, May 7th. We’re excited to attend once again and are busy putting the final touches on our presentation. This conference is a unique opportunity for CommunicateHealth to highlight the intersection … Continue reading

CommunicateHealth to Host Workshop at IHA Health Literacy Conference

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This post was written by Perrie Briskin. CommunicateHealth is excited to participate in the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 11th Annual Health Literacy Conference, May 9 to 11, in Irvine, CA. The conference is an opportunity for the health literacy community to come together to discuss the many challenges facing the field. Featured topics include creating … Continue reading