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ISBN-13: 978-0787984335 ISBN-10: 0787984337 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (June 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787984337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787984335
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"…an important book because it teaches us lessons from the history of health communications and moves us forward." (PsycCritiques, 08/08/2007)

"This is one of the most understandable, useful, and practical texts available to assist with developing, implementing, and evaluating community health programs." (Choice, February 2007)

"We recommend that public health directors make this book required reading for everyone in their communications department." (New England Journal of Medicine, February 15, 2007)

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Advancing Health Literacy addresses the crisis in health literacy in the United States and around the world. This book thoroughly examines the critical role of literacy in public health and outlines a practical, effective model that bridges the gaps between health education, health promotion, and health communication. Step by step, the authors outline the theory and practice of health literacy from a public health perspective. This book covers the history of health literacy, theoretical foundations of health and language literacy, the role of the media, and a series of case studies on important topics including prenatal care, anthrax, HIV/AIDS, genomics, and diabetes. The book also includes practical guidelines for the development and assessment of health communications materials.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Shumer on October 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book contributes significantly to our understanding of health literacy and is superbly researched. The material is much more innovative than other scholarly pieces that are offered, by delving into fundamental, science, media, civic, and cultural literacy. The examples presented are illuminating and well-written and expand traditional health literacy from clinical settings to public health settings.

The chapters integrate seamlessly, are clearly organized and are supported by firm examples. This material has been impeccably researched and written. No other publication from this genre includes such an inclusive account of the problem WITH solutions. It is theoretically sound, demonstrates the complex relationship between literacy and health status, and is solution-oriented.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. A. Bernstein on August 3, 2006
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This is a book that anyone who cares about the delivery of quality healthcare should read. When the Institute of Medicine released their report on Health Literacy they called for more research and demonstration projects that will help healthcare providers better communicate with their patients. This book provides "the big picture" explaining the evolution of health literacy research, profiles of demonstration projects, and recommendations for the future all from a variety of perspectives. It is special because it brings the health literacy needs of people as well as institutions, to life. I recommend it highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megaan J. Becker on July 10, 2013
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I wish more textbooks were of this caliber - small, easy to read (because it's smaller and also how it is written), and contains all the important information without being wordy or including tons of pictures to distract from the text. The book is also very informative, there is a lot more to health literacy than one would expect.
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By Professor on July 23, 2014
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Light on theory - strong on cases. Provides easy to read cases studies on literacy issues in the Native American and T2DM, HIV policy, pre natal etc.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2012
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First off, if you are determined to read this book, save your money, find it in a store or library, read the last chapter, and take notes if necessary. That is because this book, while being about a particular aspect of literacy and communication, is disjointed, full of unuseful examples, and is very, very boring. I don't know if this is due to the subject matter or the number of authors involved, but it makes for one very unpleasant reading.

The one positive thing that could be taken away from this book is it's source material, which may provide a better framework for how literacy directly affects the health status of individuals and how literacy is influenced by various contextual factors.
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