Health Literacy Consulting How-To
Health literacy matters when communicating with people of all ages. That includes communicating with children, especially as they become increasingly independent and assume greater responsibility for their own health and medical care. I hadn’t realized until someone recently asked how much this topic interested me.
I am pleased to share these resources (an article and many Health Literacy Out Loud podcasts) that each addresses an aspect of this important issue.
- “Start Where They Are: Communicating with children and their families about health and illness,” On Call Magazine, March 2001.
- Reach Out and Read: Encouraging Literacy and Health Literacy from Early Childhood On (HLOL #52). An interview with Perri Klass, MD, FAAP, National Medical Director of Reach Out and Read.
- From the Tooth’s Point of View: Communicating Serious Health Messages with Wit and Whimsy (HLOL #58). An interview with Jeanette Courtad DDS who is a dentist, artist, and author.
- Health Education for Children with Disabilities (HLOL #89). An interview with Charlotte Cushman MLS, MEd, of the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA.
- Health Literacy and Pediatrics (HLOL #107). An interview with Kate Cronan MD, a pediatric emergency medicine physician and senior editor for kids health.org
- Research About Using the Milliliter as a Standard Unit for Liquid Medication (HLOL #126). An interview with Bernard Dreyer MD and Shonna Yin MD, MSc about their research on common dosing errors parents make with liquid medication.
- Helping Teens Transition from Pediatrics to Adult-Centered Care (HLOL #132). An interview with Cory Ellen Nourie MSS, MSLP about supporting young adults with disabilities and special health care needs as they transition to adulthood.
- Communicating About Health with LGBTQ Youth (HLOL #136). An interview with Ralph Vetters MD, MPH about caring for youth (LGBTQ youth, street youth and homeless youth) who are alienated from the traditional health care system.
- Children, Media, and Positive Health Messaging (HLOL#147). An interview with Dina Borzekowski Ed.D about the intersection of children worldwide with media (including puppet-based television shows) in its many formats.