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Health Literacy Advisor

Compreshensive Yet Easy to Use Tool

The Health Literacy Advisor (HLA) is a powerful software tool to help you assess and improve the readability of your documents using plain language principles. The HLA was designed to save you time:

  • Works entirely within Microsoft Word, no cutting/pasting to a separate program
  • Offers a full array of readability formulas including Fry, Flesch Kincaid, FORCAST, and more
  • Has an easy-to-use interactive "readability-checker"
  • Offers plain-language alternatives and descriptions for more than 12,000 hard-to-understand words, phrases, and medical jargon

“Like a new best friend, I have come to rely on the Health Literacy Advisor to help me simplify complicated health materials for consumers. With its ease of use, ability to quickly triage what's wrong with my document, and readily available plain language alternatives, I am confident the information I produce can be read by most Americans, even those at a 5th grade reading level.”
Sandra Jones, Ph.D., R.N.
Health Education Specialist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Adolescent & School Health Program Services and Development