AHEM: clearing the way to easy-to-read health materials
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Why is it important to assess health education materials? What types of health education assessment tools are available? Get an overview on assessing health materials, and learn how the National Library of Medicine uses a health education materials assessment tool to figure out if health education materials are easy-to-read. Then, try out the tool on your own and download the free NNLM Health Literacy Playbook, checklists and other health literacy resources.  

This class is designed for anyone who creates health education materials or selects health materials to provide to consumers. It’s also useful for anyone who wants to learn how to figure out if health education materials are easy-to-read. The class is fully online and asynchronous, which means you’ll work at your own pace until you finish. Content is presented through three modules and activities for practice and takes about 2 hours to complete.  

Class sections

The why and how of assessing health education materials

Evidence-based assessment tools

Using the NLM assessment tool

This presentation addresses improving health literacy, by including information about the NLM/NIH resource NLM’s MedlinePlus Health Education Materials Assessment Tool.

  • Explain the benefits of assessing health education materials
  • Identify the key elements, differences, and similarities of 4 health education material assessment tools: Clear Communications Index (CCI), Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM), Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT), and NLM’s Health Education Materials Assessment Tool (HEMAT.
  • Use the NLM's HEMAT to evaluate health education materials.

Class Details

Platform: Moodle
CE Credits: 2.00
CE Categories: CHES, CHIS Level 1, CHIS Level 2, CNE
Class Experience Level: Beginner
This is a National NNLM class.
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Class Contacts

Host/Instructor: Molly Knapp
Technical Assistance: Molly Knapp