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Plain Language for Public Health

In LA county, 53% of adults have low literacy levels, affecting their ability to search for and use health information, adopt healthy behaviors, and act on important public health alerts.  As Department of Public Health employees, we need to make sure our audience has the ability to receive, understand, and apply our messages to make appropriate decisions about their health. 

Plain Language for Public Health

This guide developed by the Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) is a tool you can use in planning your communications and learn more about plain language. Using plain language can advance health literacy, build trust as a source for information, and promote overall community health.

This guide walks through the following three steps:

    Step 1: Prepare Your Communications

    Step 2: Develop and Organize Your Communications

    Step 3: Review and Testing

Plain Language Trainings for DPH Employees

Plain language is messaging your audience understands the first time they read or hear it. By applying plain language principles, we help our audiences better understand, retain, and apply our health messages. Learn and apply plain language principles to your every day work by attending our upcoming Plain Language trainings.

Training Features:

  • Definition of Plain Language

  • Components of the Plain Language Process

  • Plain Language as a Tool to Improving Health Literacy

  • Interactive Exercises and Group Activity

For more information on Plain Language Trainings, please contact Health Education Administration.


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Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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