Bethesda, Maryland (PRWEB) July 22, 2013
Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), creator of the Health Literacy Advisor, the nation's first interactive health literacy software tool (in English and Spanish), today launches the 4th annual National Health Literacy Innovators Award.
The contest, a national competition to reward innovators in health literacy, seeks the nation's best health literacy practices in print, in practice, and in the media.
It is open to any company, organization or individual that can demonstrate excellence in health literacy in one of the three contest categories. Contest winners, one per category, receive three annual licenses of the Health Literacy Advisor. The deadline is September 9, 2013.
For information on contest rules and application forms, please visit http://healthliteracyinnovations.com/resources/innovator_award/.
The 2013 National Health Literacy Innovators Award Contest judges are:
- Nadia Ali, MD, M.B;B.S, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Medicine of Temple University and Associate Program Director, Dept. of Internal Medicine Crozer Chester Medical Center
- Carolyn Cocotas, Senior Vice President, Quality and Corporate Compliance, F.E.G.S., Health and Human Services System, former two-term member of the IOM Health Literacy Task Force
- Arthur J. Culbert, PhD, Founder and Former President Health Literacy Missouri
- Theresa Devine, MPH, Healthy People Communication Fellow, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services
- Julie McKinney, LINCS Health Literacy List Moderator, World Education, Inc.
- Linda Johnston Lloyd, MEd, Health Literacy Consultant and Retired Senior Advisor for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), chair of the HRSA Health Literacy Work Group and member of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Literacy Work Group
- Ellen Langhans, MA, Health Communication and eHealth Division, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, US Department of Health and Human Services
- Ruth M. Parker, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine
- Joanne G. Schwartzberg, MD, Director, Aging and Community Health, American Medical Association
- Greg Smith, Executive Director, Florida Literacy Coalition, 2010 Health Literacy Innovator Award, ReadsEasy™ Publication Award
Knowing that "literacy" is the single most important indicator of a health outcome, Health Literacy Innovations (HLI) creates tools to help eliminate medical mistakes and confusion due to low health literacy. HLI's flagship product, the Health Literacy Advisor™ (in Spanish--Asesor de Comunicación en Salud™) is the nation's first, only, and most powerful health literacy software tool. As a "health literacy checker," the HLA streamlines the review and simplification process by allowing users to assess the readability of their documents and then fix it using plain language principles. The HLA applies nine well-known readability indices in English and six indices in Spanish and an interactive search-and-replace function to eliminate hard-to-read terms and phrases and medical jargon with plain language alternatives. The combination of these two functions, a document "grade" with a readability score/grade level, and the ReadsEasy™ stamp (a reward for good work) sets the HLA software apart from programs or readability indices alone. For more information, please visit http://www.HealthLiteracyInnovations.com or call 301-230-4966.