Health Literacy Lab

Communicating Risk

Communicating Risk

Making maps that tell a clear story

Making maps that can tell a clear story

Welcome to the Health Literacy Lab

Commentary, questions and lessons learned about public understanding of health, science and technology

Take a tour through our library of lessons. Let us know what topics you’re interested in.

The Simplicity Complex: thinking through messages and meaning

"Immune system" is not for everyone

I read a post this week from a group that disseminates a range…

So what does it cost to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

What the candidates might say about the Metropolitan Museums Admission Signage

Latest Lessons


Public Linguist on the Road

Chris will be talking about Blue Zones.  Just why do people in these areas around the world live such long, health lives.

March 14, 2018

Who we are and what we’re good at

Health Literacy Lab - Our Mission

Our Mission

We’ve put our expertise in public health and safety communications to work creating a library of easy & entertaining lessons and tips on how to create clear and effective communications. The Lab’s mission is to help bridge the gaps between professional knowledge and lay-people’s knowledge about health.

Communicating Public Health & Safety

Communicating Public Health & Safety

Serious and urgent health problems face individuals, families, communities, work forces and society. There is a growing burden of chronic disease, potential pandemics and environmental disasters. Critical to protecting people is engaging them with clear, trustworthy and timely information.

Health Literacy Lab - The Team

The Team

We have decades of experience in health education, public health, linguistics, health communication research and design, health services delivery and policy. We analyze, critique, develop and evaluate health and safety information based on a thorough analysis of what people do and don’t understand.

The Library

The Library contains an ever-growing list of lessons that will help you hone your skills in effective communication.  The Library is organized in two ways – according to health topic, and according to language and design elements.

Customized Lessons

Improve your staff’s skills in effective communication. Reduce the need for outsourcing. We can customize lessons, curricula and presentations for you. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Drawings by Jennifer Hoyden, Fashion Donkey