Refugee Mental Health and Language Access

National Partnership for Community Training (NPCT), an Office of Refugee Resettlement mental health technical assistance provider, has posted recordings of their most recent webinars, Alternative Approaches to Refugee Mental Health and Language Access: Understand and Advocate for Your Client’s Interpretation Rights, on their website. Click here for more information With five different subject matter experts […]

GAHL and Department of Public Health Release First Look at Health Literacy in Georgia

The state-wide Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) included items about health literacy for the first time in 2015.  Preliminary findings were discussed at the October 18 State of Public Health meeting in Athens.  While Georgians tended to rate themselves high in health literacy skills, important differences arose for those with lower health literacy.  Georgians […]


Dr. Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, a nationally known Health Literacy educator from Tufts University School of Medicine, led three workshops on behalf of the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy during Health Literacy Month.  On October 18, Dr. Kurtz-Rossi presented “Health Literacy Practices to Improve Patients’ Understanding and Engagement” for 100 students, faculty, and administrators at the Philadelphia […]

Health Literacy – A Major Issue

  Health Literacy can be a life or death matter.  GAHL board members discuss the dangers of low health literacy in the October 31 Georgia Health News “Around the State” section. Georgia Health News, 10/31/2016

In It Together: National Health Literacy Project for Black MSM

In It Together is a national health literacy project aimed at increasing engagement in care for Black MSM.  Check out Rene Esler’s presentation from our September membership meeting. Rene is the Director of the Atlanta Office of John Snow Inc. Research and Training Institute. You can see the presentation here: In It Together Presentation

Governor Nathan Deal has declared October to be Health Literacy Month in Georgia

Governor Nathan Deal has declared October to be Health Literacy Month in Georgia. Health literacy helps patients and consumers understand information about their health, so they can make the best possible choices regarding prevention and treatment.  Health Literacy Matters is the theme for Health Literacy Month 2016 in Georgia, to help support individuals and organizations […]

Health Literacy Matters: Health Literacy Month Events Improve Communication for Health Professionals and the Public

Governor Nathan Deal has declared October to be Health Literacy Month in Georgia. Health literacy helps patients and consumers understand information about their health, so they can make the best possible choices regarding prevention and treatment. During Health Literacy Month, The Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy (GAHL) offers presentations and workshops on health literacy for […]

3 Key Questions Every Patient Should Ask Their Doctor

There are many reasons why patients feel uneasy talking about their health woes. Maybe they have only a vague sense of discomfort and feel embarrassed they don’t know more. They might be nervous or scared. Or maybe they think they should just grin and bear it — and not take up time in a doctor’s […]

Improving the User Experience on Health Websites

The following presentation focuses on the importance of understanding the User intimately, what they need and value, their abilities, as well as knowing their limitations. UX targets improving the User’s interaction with and the perception of your products and services. Presentation by: Lisa Richman, Health Communication Specialist, UX December 9, 2015, GAHL membership meeting Best Practices for Improving […]

Health Literacy Month 2015

Search Smart for your Health Know where to look and what to use when it comes to searching for health information ATLANTA, Ga (October 1, 2015) – Governor Nathan Deal has proclaimed October to be Health Literacy Month in Georgia. Health literacy is the ability to obtain, understand, and use health information to make good […]

Governor's Health Literacy Month Proclamation

Our theme for 2015’s Health Literacy Month observance in October is “Search Smart for your Health.” The mission is to help citizens learn to use information technology wisely for health decision-making. Therefore, the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy is honored to have the Governor’s proclamation. Governor’s Health Literacy Month Proclamation

Search Smart for your Health

GAHL and GHSLA work together to promote Search Smart for your Health in recognition of Health Literacy Month, October 2015.

Effectively Using an Interpreter

View this powerpoint on understanding interpretation, the difference between interpretation, and more. Presented by Steve Lownes, Assistant Director Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute University of Georgia ATA Certified Translator English to Spanish [email protected] Working with an interpreter GA[1] Click the link below for a sample code of ethics for translators and interpreters. WorkingwithanInterpreterHandouts Working with […]

Listen to Dr. Rima Rudd, health literacy expert

  Special presentation from Dr. Rima Rudd, Internationally-Known Health Literacy Expert!  Visit CDC’s Health Literacy site to listen to Dr. Rima Rudd, one of the founders of health literacy scholarship and practice in the U.S., speak on the past and current state of health literacy and how to increase organizational capacity for shaping health messages. […]

Are You Good to Go?

Presentation for Community Groups Compassion & Choices ( is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to the full scope of end-of-life issues. As our logo tagline states, we focus on providing individuals and the healthcare industry with support, education and advocacy relating to choice and care at the end of life. The Georgia Chapter […]

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Adopting an Easy?to?Read Prescription Medication Label  by Henry Young, PhD University of Georgia College of Pharmacy HN Young_GA Literacy_Presention_2015

HAB Health Literacy–Seeking Trainers

Greetings! On behalf of John Snow, Inc. (JSI) and the Black AIDS Institute (BAI), we are pleased to introduce the Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau’s (HAB) Health Literacy Project Targeting Adult and Young Black/African American Men who have Sex with Men (MSM). The HAB Health Literacy Project is designed to improve the capacity […]

Everyone with Diabetes Counts

Reducing Diabetes Health Disparities through Community-Led Diabetes Management Empowerment and Education Programs – by Alliant Quality and Quality Improvement Organizations View powerpoint: Alliant Quality – Everyone with Diabetes Counts – Brief

Advancing health literacy in GA? Please join us.

Interested in becoming a member of the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy?  If you are advancing health literacy in Georgia, we invite you to attend our upcoming membership meeting: When: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Where: Morehouse School of Medicine, NCPC Room 207 720 Westview Drive S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310 […]

Free Webinar-Center for the Study of Adult Literacy

Center for the Study of Adult Literacy Free Webinar Event: Friday, May 29, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST In September of 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) awarded funding for a five-year research center for adult literacy. This center is dedicated to studying adults who read between the third and […]

GAHL promotes health literacy with Georgia's First Lady

On April 8, 2015, GAHL was represented at the Literacy award ceremony for Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal by Georgia Adult Literacy Advocates (GALA.) GAHL Chair Don Rubin had the opportunity to discuss health literacy with Ms. Deal and the progress GAHL is making in advancing health literacy in Georgia.

Thank You For Making Literacy Day a Success

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy (GAHL) joined forces with Georgia Health Literacy Advocates (GALA) for Literacy Day at the Georgia Capitol – a great opportunity to educate legislators and staffers about health literacy and the issues surrounding access to health care and information in our state. The day began with […]

GAHL to Join Literacy Day at the Capitol

On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, members of the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy (GAHL) will meet with Georgia’s legislators to talk about elevating health literacy in our state. We know that improving health literacy will also improve the health of all Georgians and our economy. And we’ll be reinforcing some important points: Improve understanding so citizens access preventive services […]

Use Teach-back and Help Every Patient Understand

Why do I need to use teach-back with every patient? Studies show patients forget 40-80% of the medical information they receive and misremember about 50% of the information. You can use teach-back to help patients remember more information and remember it correctly. What is teach-back? Asking patients to explain information in their own words Checking […]

Georgia Alliance Promotes ‘Good Questions for Good Health’ During Health Literacy Month

In recognition of Health Literacy Month this October, the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy is urging all Georgians to prepare for medical appointments by listing good questions to ask their doctors and other healthcare professionals. This year’s Health Literacy Month theme is “Be a Health Literacy Hero…Ask Good Questions for Good Health.” It’s important for […]

Encourage Questions During Health Literacy Month

In honor of Health Literacy Month 2014 this October, The Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy encourages you (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, employers, and educators) to start conversations to give patients and caregivers the information they need to take charge of their own health. It’s not easy for some patients to ask questions and even harder for […]

GAHL Invites You to Nominate a Hero

Health Literacy Month 2014 is this October Be a Health Literacy Hero Encourage Good Questions for Good Health and start the conversation. Let us know what you are doing to encourage questions and advance health literacy by submitting a health literacy hero listing. Create your own listing, nominate someone you know who is promoting health […]

DPH Takes Cancer Prevention To City Streets

It’s a life-saving campaign and it’s about to move through metropolitan Atlanta in a big way, literally. With the single intention of connecting parents and physicians, dozens of city busses and trains will prompt a compelling question – If there were a vaccine against cancer, wouldn’t you get it for your kids? Designed by the Georgia […]

Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy Celebrates National Health Literacy Month

The Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy is celebrating national Health Literacy Month by asking all healthcare professionals to use teach-­back communication. Teach-­back is a proven method to help patients understand what their doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists or other healthcare providers are telling them. In teach-­back, healthcare professionals ask patients to explain information in their own […]