Patient Health Education

What do your patients need to know?  What is the best way to communicate it?  The resources below will allow you to access handouts, videos and other media to reach your patients in their language of preference, or at their particular literacy level or proficiency in English.

Patient-Doctor Conversation Aids
Multiple Disease and Language Specific Handouts
Multiple Disease and Language Specific Multimedia Tools
Easy to Read for Low Literacy and Limited English Proficiency
Other In-Language and Disease Specific Resources


Patient-Doctor Conversation Aids

AskMe3 Questions from the Partnership for Clear H ealth Communications
An approach using three questions to help improve communication between you and your patients. Available in English and Spanish for patients, health care professionals, and health care organizations. Other resources, such as fact sheets, white papers, and provider manuals are available on the Web site.

AskMe3 Brochures

Checklists for Your Next Checkup
Separate checklists for men and women to use during their next checkups. These brochures are available in English and Spanish. Developed by: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (English - Men)  (Spanish - Men)  (English - Women) (Spanish - Women)

Multiple Disease Specific Handouts (In Language)

Healthy Roads Media
A resource of quality health information in many languages and multiple formats.

Medline Plus
Health information in over 40 languages on many health conditions, diseases and wellness.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine provides resources in specific languages:

Resources with Items in Multiple Languages
Resources for Specific Languages
Health information topics from A to Z in both English and Spanish


Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Health Information Topics in both English and Spanish.


Multimedia Disease Specific Audio, Video and Handouts

Healthy Roads Media
A resource of quality health information in many languages and multiple formats.

Easy to Read Handouts

Quick Guide to Healthy Living
Information about the top things you can do to stay healthy.
Learn how to live well with these health tips from the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Centers for Disease Control
Easy to understand brochures for different health and life style topics.

Medline Plus
Hundreds of easy to read handouts by health topic

Write Your Own Easy to Read Communication
Medline Plus provides step by step instruction on writing your own easy to read patient communications.

Other In-Language and Disease Specific Resources

Arthritis and Lupus

Treatment Compliance Barriers in Economically Challenged, Ethnically Diverse Arthritis & Lupus Patients
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a component of the Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health.


Tools for Assessing Asthma Educational Materials, to evaluate new and existing Spanish-language asthma educational materials that meet minimum standards, such as format, language, and cultural appropriateness. Created by: Allies Against Asthma Latino Workgroup June 2003.


American Cancer Society
Various materials in Spanish

Cultural Competency Training Curriculum
Cultural competency for breast and cervical cancer and screening rates in Asian American communities. Also provides additional resources and materials geared for Asian Americans. 

Buena Vida Magazines
Colorful and easy-to-read English/Spanish language publications that educates Latino communities about breast and cervical cancer prevention and control.

Cancer Fact Sheets
Provides statistics and research about racial and ethnic groups and other populations.


American Diabetes Association
Materials for Latinos, African Americans, Asians/Pacific Islanders, and other groups.

Diabetes Health Record Card
Multilingual reminder card to help individuals with diabetes keep track of needed tests. Available for download in English, Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Chinese (Mandarin), Farsi, Hmong, Korean, Laotian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

National Diabetes Education Program
A program partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more than 200 public and private organizations. Provides an array of patient education materials for African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and AAPIs.

Diabetes fact sheets
A campaign supported by the National Diabetes Education Program and the American Diabetes Association to help Asians and Pacific Islanders manage diabetes and avoid complications. Also available in a number of other languages.

Heart Health

American Heart Association
Patient Education brochures available in other languages.


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Salud para su Corazón (For the Health of Your Heart) is a community-based heart-health initiative.

Su Corazon, Su Vida (Your Heart, Your Life)
Educational materials, including a downloadable fotonovella, geared to Latinos and community health workers/promotores de salud to promote physical activity and healthy hearts. Materials available in Spanish and English.

National HIV and STD Testing Resources
Simple explanations about HIV and STDs from the Centers for Disease Control.


Immunization Action Coalition
Downloadable print materials in a number of languages.

California Immunization Coalition
Factsheets about vaccine safety in English and Spanish.


Healthcare Associated Infections (Large Print and Spanish)
Patient guides developed by the SHEA Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Kidney Disease

African Americans and Kidney Disease Fact Sheet
Key facts about the impact of kidney disease on African Americans.

¡Cuidado! ¡La diabetes y la presión arterial alta pueden causar enfermedades de los riñones! (Caution! Diabetes and high blood pressure can cause kidney disease!)
Explains in Spanish the risk factors for kidney disease and the importance of being tested.

Family Reunion Health Guide Booklet
Encourages families to discuss kidney disease at family reunions and other gatherings. Provides three sample approaches and fact sheets on diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.

Medication Safety

Check Your Medicines: Tips for Taking Medicines Safely
A one-page checklist in English and Spanish to help consumers avoid medication errors. The Web site also features a five-minute video and links to additional resources.

Obesity and Childhood Obesity

California Project Lean materials
A series of consumer and campaign materials focused on youth empowerment, policy and environmental change strategies, and community-based solutions for physical activity and nutrition. Available online in English and/or Spanish and geared for children and adults.

Healthy Habits for Healthy Kids
A bilingual nutrition and activity guide for parents. Recommendations on nutrition based on the clinical review of registered dieticians. Available in English and Spanish.