Creating easy-to-understand written materials is critical for reaching your audience. The Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition created this health communication checklist as a quick reference to improve the health literacy of your materials. For a more comprehensive analysis, use an assessment tool such as AHRQ’s PEMAT-P and CDC’s Clear Communication Index and readability formulas to ensure the material is suitable for your audience.

For more information about how you and your organization can become health literacy heroes, go to or email Jibreel Oliver, Project Coordinator,