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Create Effective and Empowering Health Education Materials

Thursday, March 15, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joy Ingram
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by Lilian Autler, Hesperian Health Guides

One of the most valuable tools health workers can have for community outreach are clearly written, well-illustrated, easy-to-follow health materials.

Here at Hesperian Health Guides we have been developing and publishing practical materials for health education and training for over 30 years, starting with the publication of Donde no Hay Doctor - Where There is No Doctor, and we’ve learned a lot in the process about how to make materials relevant, effective and empowering.   Some of the greatest insights have come from community health workers who use and adapt our materials every day, and we’d like to share some of those insights with you.   Recently, Hesperian also launched our Digital Commons, a suite of digital tools to make it easier for health workers to access, create and share health materials.  We hope our resources are useful to you in creating effective and empowering materials.
Some principles for creating effectice health education materials:
  • Know your audience
  • Offer useful content
  • Use effective language
  • Employ sound design principles
  • Use illustrations
  • Field test a new educational product

 Download the entire guide, with original illustrations, as a PDF by clicking here.

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