Culture, Health and Literacy
A Guide to Health Education Materials for Adults with Limited English Literacy Skills

Authored by Julie McKinney & Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi   

What This Guide Is About

How to Get Started

 Why is Health Literacy Important?
 You Don't Have to be a Health Expert
 Introducing Health in the Classroom

 Adding an Action-Based Component

 How to Engage Students
 Using the Internet

 Collaborating with Health Organizations

 Preparing a Speaker
 Local and National Health Organizations to Contact
 For Health Educators:
 How to Find Local Family Literacy Programs

 Teacher Support Sevices

Easy-to-Read Health Information

 Teaching Health by Topic

 Childhood Health and Diseases
 Healthy Lifestyle
 Medicine Use
 Women’s Health

 Health Care Access

Curricula, Lessons, and Activities

Parents and Children Together

 Health Education Activities
 Health-Related Children’s Books
 Online Health Games

Non-Print Health Information

Resources for Family Health


 E is for easy This symbol stands for “easy.” It marks materials that can be used with beginning readers and English speakers. These materials may use pictures, video, audio, or discussion activities, and only very simple text.

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Developed by World Education in collaboration with the
National Institute for Literacy with a generous grant
from MetLife Foundation

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