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Health Literacy

Culture, Communication, and Ethics in Healthcare

Patient Handout Sources

Patient Handout Sources

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) - HealthyKids.org

In English and Spanish. Resources for the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults at healthychildren.org

Cancer e-books for patients/families Free e-books for download, from NCI (National Cancer Institute) . Titles include:  Caring for the Caregiver, Chemotherapy and You, When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide for Teens, When Cancer Returns, and more.
Cancer Help UVA Cancer Center A range of cancer-related information in English and Spanish 
Caring Connections Supporting Advance Care Planning, palliative care, pain and symptom management, grief and bereavement. Advance Directives from all states.
Easy-to-Read Easy to read health information from MedlinePlus
Ethnomed--cultural profiles Cultural profiles and patient education handouts for the following: Cambodian, Chin, Chinese, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Hispanic/Latino, Hmong, Iraqi, Karen, Nepali-speaking Bhutanese, Oromo, Somali, Somali Bantu, Tigrean, Vietnamese, other cultures
Health Information in Multiple Languages

High quality information from MedlinePlus and the National Institutes of Health in multiple languages:(Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, American Sign Language, Bengali, Bosnian, Burmese, Chamorro, Chinese, Chuukese, Croatian, Farsi, French, German, Gujarathi, Haitian, Hindi, Hmong, Ilocano, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Kirunki, Korean, Kurdish, Laotian, Marshallese, Navajo, Oromo, Panjabi, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Tongan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese).

Health information translations Health education resources in multiple languages for health care providers and patients including American Sign Language, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Multilingual, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, Ukranian, Vietnamese
HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages

HealthReach is a national collaborative partnership that has created a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.


Healthy Roads Media Free Handouts

Healthy Roads Media provides a number of free handouts on various health topics in multiple languages for educational purposes.

Kids Health from Nemours

Information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years (pediatrics) geared towards kids, teens, parents, and health care educators (English and Spanish)

Medication and other instructional handouts (intranet only) Lexi-Comp has easy-to-read handouts for both adult and pediatric/parent readers in over 19 languages, including: Arabic, Chinese (simplified), Chinese, Creole, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Vietnamese.

MedlinePlus.gov - Information and health tools in English and Spanish with easy to read options and videos.

NIH Senior Health Basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health
Nurses improving care for health-system elders Resources and patient information related to improving care of older adults in the hospital, clinic or emergency department.
Personal Medicine List (Spanish)

Tool to help patients make a list of home medications and other health information(Spanish)

UVA Guidelines for the Development of Patient and Family Education Materials -- see health system intranet, Patient Education Repository home page Information to use when creating handouts for patients and families. Includes draft copyright permission form.
UVa Patient Education Repository (intranet only) Patient Handouts created at UVA for specific topics. English, Spanish, Russian. Also links to TV Programs, CD or DVDs, On-line links for handouts or videos, required teaching references.
Vanderbilt University ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group Delirium and sedation resources and patient information.
Virginia Department of Health

Up-to-date information and resources about public health in Virginia including diseases, vaccinations, emergency preparedness, health equities

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