Health Literacy

LVNJ has taken a leadership role in raising awareness about the impact of low health literacy on both individuals and the health care system. Health care providers and public health educators from around the state attend our health literacy workshops that focus on ways to improve communication with low literate patients.

LVNJ has created the workshop for adult literacy students, Reading Medicine Labels. If you woud like additional information, please contact our office at (732) 906-5456 or write to


Health Literacy Style Guides

Clear and Simple: Developing Effective Print Materials for Low-Literate Readers
Emory Communications Manual - Clear and Effective Patient Education
Maximus Health Literacy Style Manual
Scientific and Technical Information Simply Put (CDC & ATSDR)
Health Literacy Style Guides Collection


Health Literacy Summit

On April 3, 2009, LVNJ held NJ's first Health Literacy Summit, which was attended by two hundred stakeholders and practitioners. After hearing presentations from health literacy experts from around the country, participants met in regional groups to discuss improving health literacy in their communities. Below are videos and powerpoints from many of the presentations. Summit participants have now joined together to form a Health Literacy Coalition. The Coalition will meet for the first time this spring.

Elissa Director, Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey
"Defining Health Literacy"
Click here to watch Elissa Director's presentation.


Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., Rutgers University Department of Human Ecology
"Advancing health literacy: An opportunity to transform health and health care in NJ"
Click here to watch Andrew Pleasant's presentation.
Click here to download a coupon for Dr. Pleasant's book, Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action.


Winston Lawrence, Senior Professional Development Associate, Literacy Assistance Center of New York
"Putting health literacy projects in place with the health care sector"
Click here to watch Winston Lawrence's presentation.
Click here to download the powerpoint.


Lisa Bernstein, Executive Director, What to Expect Foundation.
"Baby Basics: A collaborative health literacy program that works"

Click here to watch Lisa Bernstein's presentation.
Click here to download the powerpoint.


Arthur Culbert, Senior Advisor to the Missouri Foundation for Health, Interim Executive Director, Health Literacy Missouri
"Health literacy Missouri: Capacity building in the 'Show-Me' State"
Click here to watch Arthur Culbert's presentation.
Click here to download the powerpoint.


Michele Erikson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
"Lessons in creating a state-wide health literacy coalition"
Click here to watch Michele Erikson's presentation .
Click here to download the powerpoint.


Dr. Philip Bonaparte, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ; Chief Medical Officer, Horizon NJ Health.
Dr. Bonaparte spoke about "Next steps for health literacy in New Jersey" during the program.
Click here to watch Dr. Philip Bonaparte's presentation.




Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, District 17, addressed the Summit participants in the morning session and spoke about the importance of health literacy.