Health Literacy Online: A Guide to Writing and Designing Easy-to-Use Health Web Sites

Health Literacy Online is a research-based how-to guide for creating health Web sites and Web content for the millions of Americans with limited literacy skills and limited experience using the Web. The strategies in this guide complement accepted principles of good Web design and thus have the potential to improve the online experience for all users, regardless of literacy skills.
This guide is written for Web designers, Web content specialists, and other public health communication professionals. It offers an overview of how to:

  • Deliver online health information that is actionable and engaging.
  • Create a health Web site that's easy to use, particularly for people with limited literacy skills and limited experience using the Web.
  • Evaluate and improve your health Web site with user-centered design.

Type Website
CME Available No
Cost Free

Date of Resource 2016

Genomic Competencies

Experts from the disciplines listed below have tagged this resource as fulfulling genomic competencies.

Genetic Counselor

  • Education
    • 14:   Effectively educate clients about a wide range of genetics and genomics information based on their needs, their characteristics and the circumstances of the encounter.
      • 14a:   Identify factors that affect the learning process such as intellectual ability, emotional state, socioeconomic factors, physical abilities, religious and cultural beliefs, motivation, language and educational background.
      • 14e:   Communicate both orally and in writing using a style and method that is clear and unambiguous.
    • 15:   Write concise and understandable clinical and scientific information for audiences of varying educational backgrounds.
      • 15a:   Develop written educational materials tailored to the intended audience.
      • 15c:   Assess the challenges faced by clients with low literacy and modify the presentation of information to reduce the literacy burden.
    • 16:   Effectively give a presentation on genetics, genomics and genetic counseling issues.
      • 16c:   Present using a delivery style that results in effective communication to the intended audience that is clear and unambiguous.