Sketch-y Ideas

A writer hands a sketch to a designer, who responds "For me?! It's like a dream come true!"

Here at We ❤︎ Health Literacy Headquarters, we’re big fans of a team approach to creating great health communication products. Each member of the team — writers, designers, researchers, user experience wizards — brings their own skills, perspective, expertise, and approach. And as countless children’s television shows and popular board games teach us, teams need […]

For Healthier Plain Language, Skip “Healthful”

2 doodles yell "The power of healthy compels you!" to a ghost with "healthful" written on it, while another opens a "Health Comm KIt".

As much as we ❤︎ the English language, dear readers, we also feel haunted by the vague, archaic, jargon-y, and generally unhelpful words that often sneak into health communication. (You may recall our rants about exceeding preventable substances. Well, not quite — but you get us.) The ghost we want to exorcise today? “Healthful.” Shudder. Some […]

Writing About Race and Ethnicity

Race and ethnicity introduce themselves to each other, find they are both social constructs, and high-five.

As health communicators, we know it’s our responsibility to choose our words carefully — especially when we’re tackling topics like gender or disability. This goes for race and ethnicity, too. But not to fear, dear readers — we’re here to clear things up! First things first: although they can overlap, race and ethnicity aren’t the same […]

Face Their Fears

A scientist stands at a booth reading "Lend us your shoes (so we can put ourselves in them)" as scientists in the background exclaim "So much empathy!" over a pile of shoes.

As a health literacy superstar, it’s your job to give people the right information in the right way. But sometimes it can be tough to know what the right information is. Seasoned public health professionals would say: when in doubt, look to the data. We say: okay, but don’t stop there. Many public health communication […]