Presentations and Training Materials

The Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership has developed or located a variety of training and presentations materials to help educate individuals and health care professionals about the importance of health literacy. These materials are free and available for your use.

Health Literacy: Back to Basics - NEW 2022 Campaign!!!

This year, the theme of our Health Literacy Month campaign is “Back to Basics”. We chose this theme because it allows us to reflect on key health literacy concepts from previous years and explore how these concepts have changed over time. Our “Back to Basics” campaign covers four topics that will each be featured during the weeks of October 2022: (1) Health Literacy, Past and Present; (2) The Teach-Back Method; (3) Plain Language; and (4) Health Equity. 

Check out our Health Literacy Month 2022 campaign materials below, including our “Back to Basics” crossword puzzle, campaign newsletter, slide presentations (with speaker notes) and video recordings of our health literacy webinars focused on our key themes.


Digital & Telehealth Literacy Campaign 

The theme of this year’s health literacy campaign is “Digital & Telehealth Literacy” – a theme we chose in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its profound impact on the way we stay connected with and seek care from others. The COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. caused a massive jump in the use of telehealth services nationwide. Levels of telehealth use have remained high in 2021, which suggests that telehealth is the “new normal” in healthcare. Telehealth services allow people to access health care from the safety of their homes and other remote locations through computers, cellphones, and other digital devices. However, many individuals struggle to access telehealth

We invite you to read our Digital & Telehealth vocabulary sheet, and then test your knowledge by completing the Digital & Telehealth crossword puzzle. Lastly, be sure to check out the sample telehealth visit consent forms and the telehealth visit checklists for patients and providers. We hope that you find these campaign materials informative and fun!

Follow us on social media as we continue to promote health literacy during October with tips, best practices, and videos.

on Twitter and Facebook @MNHealthLit

on LinkedIn @Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership


Health Literacy during COVID-19 

The fast spread of COVID-19 means people are expected to absorb health information and change their habits very quickly. Health care providers and organizations are working hard to offer simple advice and recommendations. But there is still an overwhelming amount of complex and false health information that patients need to sift through. We believe that using plain language and other health literacy best practices is more important than ever before. That is why we are celebrating national Health Literacy Month by sharing simple messages and resources you can use to help educate patients and the general public. Check out our resources below to promote the use of best practices and define complex and new terminology specific to the current pandemic. 


Health Literacy & Health Equity Toolkit 

Health literacy and health equity are closely linked. In fact, you can think of health literacy as the foundation to achieve health equity.

Most people are impacted by limited health literacy. But populations most likely to experience low health literacy are also most likely to experience health disparities. Seniors, minority groups, and people with disabilities, low incomes, limited reading skills, or limited English proficiency are more likely to experience communication barriers and misunderstandings.

This year's campaign is about connecting these dots and providing you with helpful statistics and resources to help you achieve your health equity goals.  We encourage you to check out our campaign materials here:

o   Key messages and talking points document

o   Health Equity & Health Literacy infographic


Promote Ask Me 3® 

To learn more about Ask Me 3 visit the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Ask Me 3 Homepage

Ask Me 3® is a registered trademark licensed to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.


Plain Language Campaign 

Plain language is one of the strategies supporting the Minnesota Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy priority of adopting and using health literacy best practices across all verbal, written and visual communication.  Plain language is all about using simple, easy-to-understand words.  It is communication that your audience can understand the first time they hear or read it.

The Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership’s Plain Language Campaign is intended to serve as a tool for a wide range of health organizations to increase the use of plain language and improve health literacy in Minnesota.

·         The campaign includes several promotional and awareness building pieces:

o   Key messages and talking points document

o   Business case for plain language

o   Promotional message

o   Social Media messaging: samples of social media messaging

o   Plain Language infographic

o   Jargon Alerts: health and insurance terms that may be confusing or misunderstood with plain language alternatives and/or descriptions

o   Crossword puzzles: highlighting medical and insurance terminology and jargon

o   Plain Language presentation: a PowerPoint presentation describing key information about plain language with resources and speaker notes

o   Plain Pledge sign: sign to be used when participating in the #PlainPledge® (a social media campaign and registered trademark of the UAMS Center for Health Literacy)




Training Materials

  • Health Literacy 101: Focusing on Clear Health Communications
    This program is designed to help educate health professionals about health literacy and includes everything you need: presentation, activities, pre- and post-tests and more.
  • Presentation
    This PowerPoint presentation includes slides, as well as speaker notes.
  • Speaker notes
    This Word document includes slides, as well as speaker notes.
  • Presentation Options Guide
    This Word document presents options for how to deliver the presentation in 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.
  • Presentation Activities
    These Word documents provide instructions for the various interactive activities included in the Health Literacy 101 presentation.