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Health Literacy and Social Determinants of Health

Last week, at Mad*Pow’s annual Health Experience Design Conference, someone asked me “what is the correlation between health literacy and social determinants of health?” This was during a workshop on health literacy and plain language. This isn’t a simple question to answer, so let’s explore it. Social Determinants of Health What are social determinants of…

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Writing for Health Literacy Workshop Slides

Rick Allen and I led a workshop on writing for health literacy this morning, as part of the Health Experience Design conference. I’m so grateful to have had a great group of participants. We were able to discuss how health literacy is impacted by social determinants, and resources to write for plain language. Health Literacy…

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Plain Language during a Pandemic

What can a content strategist do during a pandemic? Help communicate important information using plain language. I’ve defined plain language before, and even presented on how healthcare writing can benefit from plain language. Now we put it into practice to help people. People need content strategy – they need plain language during a pandemic. Why…

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Coping During Coronavirus

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and guilty because everyone in Twitter is suggesting books to read and ways to make this “the best time of you life” but you can barely get out of bed in the morning, please know: this is what depression feels like. — Marli Mesibov (@marsinthestars) March 22, 2020 Lately I’ve had…

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Healthy Language is Plain Language

If you missed my webinar on how to write in plain language, never fear! I have the slides, and a recording, so you can still learn how to help patients and caregivers understand what you’re saying. Ultimately, if you work in healthcare and you want “healthy” language? You need plain language. There are many reasons…

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How SEO Taught Me to be a Better Writer

As an ex-SEO hater, it almost pains me to say this: SEO taught me to be a better writer. I didn’t think of it this way until I read a 2018 article by Jill Kurtz, called “Ditch Your SEO Baggage and Focus on What Matters.” Suddenly, as I read Jill’s perspective on SEO, I saw…

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What Types of Content Strategy Do You Do?

Forbes recently wrote an article titled There Are Three Kinds Of Content Strategy: Which Are You Doing? but really, are there only three types? I don’t think so. However, I was intrigued. What types of content strategy do I do? What types do you do? Forbes: Three Kinds of Content Strategy According to Forbes, these…

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Accessible Design in 20 Minutes

Looking for a quick-n-dirty guide to accessible design in 20 minutes? I gave this talk to my team as an intro, and I’m happy to share it. It’s full of tips and tricks. Accessible Design and Content in 20 Minutes from Marli Mesibov Looking for More on Accessible Design? Here’s a more detailed article on…

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UX in Civic Design

I know very little about UX in civic design. The day after an election, or a caucus (like yesterday’s), I rely on more knowledgable civic design folk. People like Dana Chisnell and Andrew Maier educate me. As Dana says, “every day is a civics lesson.” As we await the results of yesterday’s Iowa caucus, it’s…

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