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Bruerd B, Indian Health Service Dental Program. 1999. Oral health education catalog of recommended materials and programs. [Albuquerque, NM: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services], Indian Health Service Dental Program, 51 pp.

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
Single photocopies available at no charge.

This catalog of oral health education materials is divided into the following categories: early childhood caries, children's oral health, dental sealants, nutrition and oral health, periodontal diseases, oral health for people with disabilities, fluorides and fluoridation, oral hygiene instruction, pregnancy and oral health, tobacco, and general oral health. Materials listed include pamphlets, videotapes, slide presentations, and other health education materials. For each category, program descriptions follow the list of materials. Entries provide information on title, target audience, format, cost, and source. The methodology for selecting and rating these materials is described; some, but not all, of the items were tested for degree of difficulty using the SMOG index for reading materials. The 1988 edition is titled Oral Health Educational Materials Catalog; the 1993 edition, Oral Health Education Catalog of Recommended Materials.


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    Mestman SS, Herman AD. 2004. What to do for healthy teeth: Easy to read, easy to use. La Habra, CA: Institute for Healthcare Advancement, 197 pp.

    Institute for Healthcare Advancement
    501 South Idaho Street, Suite 300
    La Habra, CA 90631

    Telephone: (562) 690-4001
    Secondary Telephone: (800) 434-4633
    Fax: (562) 690-8988
    E-mail: info@iha4health.org
    Website: http://www.iha4health.org
    $12.95, plus shipping and handling. Document Number: ISBN 0-9720148-0-2.

    This book provides consumers with information about good oral health habits. Topics include care of the mouth; teeth and gums; oral health care and cleaning; a healthy diet; pregnancy; infant's, children's, and adolescents' teeth; adults; emergencies; and illness and the teeth. The book is also available in English and Spanish.


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      Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11, Adult Education Department. 2004. Healthy Smiles: Facilitator's guide. Lewistown, PA: Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11, Adult Education Department, ca 50 pp.

      National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
      Georgetown University Box 571272
      Washington, DC 20057-1272

      Telephone: (202) 784-9771
      E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
      Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
      Single photocopies available at no charge.

      This guide provides instruction materials for teaching adults with low literacy about oral health care for preschool-age children. Session plans include information on common oral conditions, oral health emergencies, toothbrushing and flossing, and dental visits. Session materials include discussion game cards about primary teeth, permanent teeth, dental caries, signs of gum disease, early childhood caries, tooth abscesses, mouth injuries, fluoride, tobacco use, dental sealants, and caries prevention. Additional illustrated handouts are provided, along with games, registration forms, sample surveys, and a selection of Web sites and print resources.


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        Pfizer. 2004. Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative 2003-2004. [New York, NY]: Pfizer, 129 pp.

        Pfizer
        235 East 42nd Street
        New York, NY 10017

        Telephone: (212) 733-2323
        Website: http://www.pfizer.com/home
        Available from the website.

        This compendium highlights Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals' solutions and tools to address low health literacy and is intended for use by health professionals, community health workers, academics, patient and advocacy groups, and policymakers. It provides background information on health literacy, highlights research, provides information on Pfizer's contributions to the field, and provides additional resources. Additional topics include patient-provider communication and principles and examples of clear health communication.


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        Colorado Community Health Network and Colorado Oral Health Network. 2005. Oral health and your healthy baby. [Denver, CO]: Colorado Community Health Network , 1 p.

        Colorado Community Health Network
        600 Grant Street, Suite 800
        Denver, CO 80203

        Telephone: (303) 861-5165
        Fax: (303) 861-5315
        Website: http://www.cchn.org
        Single copies available at no charge.

        This handout for consumers with low literacy skills tells a story about the importance of oral health during pregnancy. The handout also illustrates how bacteria in gum disease may result in premature or low-birthweight infants. The handout is available in English, Spanish, French, and Russian.


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          Colorado Community Health Network and Colorado Oral Health Network. 2005. Pregnancy and your mouth. [Denver, CO]: Colorado Community Health Network , 1 p.

          Colorado Community Health Network
          600 Grant Street, Suite 800
          Denver, CO 80203

          Telephone: (303) 861-5165
          Fax: (303) 861-5315
          Website: http://www.cchn.org
          Single copies available at no charge.

          This handout for consumers with low literacy skills describes oral health issues that may arise during pregnancy. The handout discusses hormonal changes that affect bacteria in the mother's mouth and how bacteria may affect the infant's development. The handout advises pregnant women to maintain oral hygiene, visit the dentist for cleanings, stop smoking, and eat nutritious food. A story-like format provides information about when is the best time during pregnancy to visit a dentist. The handout is available in English, French, Russian, and Spanish.


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            Kutner M, Greenberg E, Jim Y, Paulsen C. 2006. The health literacy of America's adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, 60 pp.

            National Center for Education Statistics
            1990 K Street, N. W.
            Washington, DC 20006

            Telephone: (202) 502-7300
            Secondary Telephone: (202) 502-7442
            Fax: (202) 219-1736
            Website: http://www.nces.ed.gov
            Available from the website.

            This report examines the relationship between health literacy and various self-reported background factors. The report examines how health literacy varies across groups with different demographic characteristics as well as the relationship between health literacy and highest level of educational attainment and poverty status, and it explores the relationship between literacy and overall health. Statistical information is presented in tables and figures throughout the report. The report includes five appendices: (1) a sample health literacy assessment questionnaire, (2) definitions of all subpopulations and background variables reported, (3) technical notes, (4) standard errors for tables and figures, and (5) additional analyses. References are included.


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            Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Dental Association. 2007. Don't wait until it hurts. [Lansing, MI]: Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Dental Association, 2 pp.

            Michigan Department of Community Health
            Capitol View Building 201 Townsend Street
            Lansing, MI 48913

            Telephone: (517) 373-3740
            Website: http://michigan.gov/mdch
            Available from the website.

            This pamphlet instructs parents on how to care for children's teeth, emphasizing the need for regular dental visits (which may include examinations, cleanings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants, or fillings) to keep gums and teeth healthy. Key messages are designed to enhance parents' oral health literacy. Tips to help them use the oral health care system are included, for example, marking appointment dates and times on a calendar, making advance arrangements for transportation and child care, and arriving on time for appointments. Tips on daily oral health care for children of all ages are also presented.


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            Health Literacy Consulting. 2008–. Health Literacy Out Loud (HLOL) podcasts. Natick, MA: Health Literacy Consulting, multiple items.

            Health Literacy Consulting
            31 Highland Street, Suite 201
            Natick, MA 01760

            Telephone: (508) 653-1199
            E-mail: http://www.healthliteracy.com/contact.asp
            Website: http://www.healthliteracy.com
            Available from the website.

            This series of podcasts focuses on health literary (what it is, why it matters, and ways to help improve health understanding). Topics include clinical practice, communication strategy, health care policy, Health Literacy Month, international, numeracy, patient perspective, spoken communication, technology, video, and written information. Users can listen to individual podcasts online or subscribe to receive the newest podcasts in the series.


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            Abrams MA, Dreyer BP, eds. 2009. Plain language pediatrics: Health literacy strategies and communication resources for common pediatric topics. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 337 pp.

            American Academy of Pediatrics
            141 Northwest Point Boulevard
            Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098

            Telephone: (847) 434-4000
            Fax: (847) 434-8000
            Website: http://www.aap.org
            $54.95 for non-members, $49.95 for members, plus shipping and handling. Document Number: ISBN 978-1-58110-265-9.

            This book provides a framework for implementing a plain language approach to communication between health care staff and patients in the office. Part one explores limited health literacy, including the scope of the problem, how it affects children in particular, and how health care providers can address and overcome health literacy issues with patients and their caregivers. Part two of the book provides a series of 25 reproducible patient education handouts in both English and Spanish. Sample topics of handouts include asthma, bronchiolitis, fever, influenza, oral health, smoking, and temper tantrums. Provided with the handouts are techniques and professional guidance for health care providers to incorporate plain language about each topic into their daily practice.

                   

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