ACP's Center for Patient Partnership in Healthcare (CPPH) is the recipient of the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) Health Literacy Award. The Health Literacy Awards aim to encourage, recognize, and reward initiatives that make an impact on the practice of educating or empowering organizations to deliver clear messages that advance health literacy. The CPPH won the award in the published materials category for its series of self-management guidebooks.
To address health literacy challenges of many patients, the guidebooks have been designed and written at or below a sixth-grade reading level; are made easy to follow through the use of images, streamlined layouts, bulleted lists, and a sufficient amount of white space; and reflect cultural competence with language and imagery meant to appeal to the targeted audiences. All guidebooks and other resources from CPPH are developed in partnership with patients and follow a robust process to ensure patient understanding and relatability.
Guidebook topics include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, heart health, weight loss, atrial fibrillation, and blood clots. All are available in multiple languages and can be found, in addition to other patient education resources, on ACP's website.