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Tools for Health Literacy

Plain-Language Checklist for Creating and Reviewing Your Materials

Use this 2-page checklist when creating or reviewing materials.

Guidelines to Effective Print Communication

New to health literacy and plain-language writing? Start here: A Guide to Creating and Evaluating Patient Materials: Guidelines for Effective Print Communication.
MaineHealth developed these guidelines to help health professionals communicate clearly and consistently with patients and families. Call 1-866-609-5183 to request a copy of the booklet.

In this guide, you'll find:

  • Key facts about health literacy
  • Developing patient education materials: a step-by-step approach
  • Checklist to develop and evaluate patient education materials
  • Overview of readability

Plain Language Thesaurus

This tool from the CDC Nation Center for Health Marketing lists plain language alternatives for hundreds of common medical terms.

Health Literacy Tool Kit

This tool kit is designed to take a systematic approach towards reducing confusion around medical care and increase health outcomes through clear communication.

Teach-back Learning Module

This interactive teach-back learning module helps providers learn how to use the teach-back method with patients to confirm understanding.

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U.S. News & World Report has named Maine Medical Center (MMC) as the best hospital in Maine for 2021-2022. It is the ninth consecutive year that the hospital has been named as a “Best Regional Hospital.” MMC also was recognized as “high performing” in 13 common procedures and conditions included in the annual survey of U.S. hospitals.
Memorial Hospital Holds 41st Annual Golf Tournament to Support Enhancement of Pediatric Services
Memorial Hospital held its 41st Annual Golf Tournament on July 22 at the North Conway Country Club with 132 golfers in attendance.
Annual Health Care Golf Classic Benefits Two Organizations
Franklin Community Health Network’s annual Health Care Golf Classic was held July 12 at the Sugarloaf Golf Club netting approximately $17,500 in proceeds to benefit the Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) of Greater Franklin County and the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center.
MaineHealth makes significant workforce investment, raising wages for its care team members starting Aug. 8
In addition to a base wage increase for nearly all employees, the minimum pay rate across the health system will rise from $14 to $17 an hour, and market adjustments will be made for hard-to-fill roles.