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Healthy People 2010 Health
Communication Focus Area

This new focus area in Healthy People addresses Internet use, quality of health Web sites, provider-patient communication and other health communication issues.

Health Literacy Improvement
Health literacy is the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

  • Tools for improving health literacy
  • Government resources
  • Reports and research

Consumer and Patient e-Health
E-Health is the use of information and communication technologies to improve people's health and health care.

Use these quick links to learn more about research and practice in the field of health communication.


Last updated: January 28, 2008

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Tools for Healthier People

This section points you to Healthy People 2010 objectives related to health communication and information resources from healthfinder.gov.  Topics are based on the National Health Observances calendar.

February is Heart Month.  Talk to adults over 20 about warning symptoms and signs of a heart attack.  If they think they are having a heart attack, call 911.

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