From the GMR: Health Literacy Innovations Launches 3rd Annual Health Literacy Innovator Award Contest

Bethesda, Md. (July 16, 2012) – Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), creator of the Health Literacy Advisor, the nation’s first interactive health literacy software tool (in English and Spanish), today announced the launch of its 3rd annual Health Literacy Innovators Award.
The contest, a national competition to reward innovators in health literacy, seeks the nation’s best health literacy practices in print, in practice, and in the media. It is open to any company, organization or individual that can demonstrate excellence in health literacy in one of the three contest categories. Contest winners, one per category, receive three annual licenses of the Health Literacy Advisor. The deadline is August 31st, 2012
For information on contest rules and application forms, please visit
The 2012 National Health Literacy Innovators Award Contest judges are:

  • Nadia Ali, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Medicine of Temple University
  • Carolyn Cocotas, Senior Vice President, Quality and Corporate Compliance, F.E.G.S
  • Arthur J. Culbert, Founder and Former President Health Literacy Missouri
  • Ariella Herman, Research Director, UCLA / J&J Health Care Institute, 2010 winner
  • Julie McKinney, LINCS Health Literacy List Moderator, World Education, Inc.
  • Linda Johnston Lloyd, Health Literacy Consultant and Retired Senior Advisor HRSA
  • Marycelis Keiser, Healthcare Strategy & Communications Consultant
  • Silje Lier, Multimedia Advisor, Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
  • HHS Joanne G. Schwartzberg, American Medical Association
  • Greg Smith, Executive Director, Florida Literacy Coalition, 2010 winner

About HLI
Knowing that “literacy” is the single most important indicator of a health outcome, Health Literacy Innovations (HLI) creates tools to help eliminate medical mistakes and confusion due to low health literacy. HLI’s flagship product, the Health Literacy Advisor, is the nation’s first, only, and most powerful health literacy software tool. As a “health literacy checker,” the HLA streamlines the review and simplification process by allowing users to assess the readability of their documents and then fix it using plain language principles. The HLA applies nine well-known readability indices in English and six indices in Spanish and an interactive search-and-replace function to eliminate hard-to-read terms and phrases and medical jargon with plain language alternatives. The combination of these two functions, a document “grade” with a readability score/grade level, and the ReadsEasy stamp (a reward for good work) sets the HLA software apart from programs or readability indices alone. For more information, please visit or call 301-230-4966.


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