Helen Osborne, M.Ed, OTR/L, helps professionals communicate health information in ways that patients and the public can understand. Helen brings to this work her experience as an occupational therapist, training as an educator, and perspective as a patient and family caregiver.
- President of her own business, Health Literacy Consulting
- Founder of the worldwide initiative, Health Literacy Month
- Producer/host of the podcast interview series, Health Literacy Out Loud
- Author of several books, including the award-winning, best-selling Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition
- Member of the PCORI Advisory Panel on Clinical Effectiveness and Decision Science. PCORI is a national non-profit organization that looks at the effectiveness of patient-centered health research.
Helen serves as a plain language writer/editor on a wide range of print and web-based health materials. She also consults with groups about ways to move their health literacy initiatives forward. Helen is a sought-after speaker and workshop leader, training professionals worldwide about what health literacy is, why it matters, and ways to help.
Helen is honored to receive the 2017 Alvarez Award for excellence in health communication from the American Medical Writers Association.
Helen’s sassy summary of ways she helps others with health literacy: “When it comes to health literacy, I can do it for you, with you, or teach you how to do it yourself.” Email Helen to discuss how she can help you.
Thank you for all your work to raise awareness about the importance of understandable health information. Your book, podcasts, and website have been great resources for our department to use in our mission to provide patients with health information that is understandable, accessible, and actionable.”
Medical Literacy Editor, Elsevier/ExitCare