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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 2017. Using oral health data to inform decisions and policy development (upd.). Sparks, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, 3 pp.

Annotation: This fact sheet provides tips for using complex oral health data and for presenting it in a way that is understandable and meaningful for a non-oral-health audience. Selected tips include reporting data in a timely manner, developing an effective written communication plan, humanizing the story, and considering publishing a full- length report as well as a brief summary.

Contact: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, 3858 Cashill Boulevard, Reno, NV 89509, Telephone: (775) 626-5008 Fax: (775) 626-9268 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Children, Communication, Data, Oral health, Writing

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention. 2015. Guide to writing about traumatic brain injury in news and social media. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, 8 pp.

Annotation: This guide is designed to assist media writers, editors, and bloggers in crafting stories and highlighting ways to help prevent traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from all causes. Topics include TBI as a preventable public health issue, groups at risk for TBI, tips for accurate reporting and story development, and resources for more information.

Contact: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, N.E., Mailstop F-63, Atlanta, GA 30341-3717, Telephone: (800) CDC-INFO Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 Fax: (770) 488-4760 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Guidelines, Injury prevention, Mass media, Online discussion groups, Online journals, Resources for professionals, Risk factors, Traumatic injuries, Writing

Goldman KD, Schmalz KJ. 2015. Health education tools of the trade. Washington, DC: Society for Public Health Education, 353 pp.

Annotation: This e-book features guidance for health promotion and health education professionals. The content focuses on enhancing professional development and covers topics such as face-to-face communications, writing, teaching tools for junior faculty members, program planning and evaluation, and career development.

Contact: Society for Public Health Education, 10 G Street, N.E., Suite 605, Washington, DC 20002, Telephone: (202) 408-9804 Fax: (202) 408-9815 E-mail: Web Site: $19.95.

Keywords: Communication skills, Health education, Program evaluation, Program planning, Resources for professionals, Teaching, Writing

Association of University Centers on Disabilities. 2014. Grant writing and grant management tool kit for self-advocates. Silver Spring, MD: Association of University Centers on Disabilities, 42 pp.

American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program. [2013]. Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children: A guide to developing your program proposal. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics,, 30 pp.

Annotation: The proposal development guide is designed to assist community planners in developing programs that meet the grant requirements of the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (NTPCP), a collaboration between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB); The guide provides suggestions for assessment and planning activities along with tips for promoting pediatrician involvement; creating an advisory board; developing an evaluation plan; and creating a budget. Listings of resources of use in community-based initiatives are also included.

Contact: American Academy of Pediatrics, 345 Park Boulevard, Itasca, IL 60143, Telephone: (630) 626-6000 Secondary Telephone: (847) 434-4000 Fax: (847) 434-8000 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Community programs, Evaluation, Fundraising, Grants, Manuals, Program development, Proposal writing, Proposals

National Institutes of Health. 2011. NIH plain language online training. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, 1 v.

Annotation: These training modules are designed to help individuals build plain language writing skills. Topics include how people read, concise writing, clarity, format, organizing ideas, choosing words, and tone. Exercises, resources, and examples to reinforce the concepts presented are included.

Contact: National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892, Telephone: (301) 496-4000 Secondary Telephone: (301) 402-9612 Fax: (301) 496-0017 E-mail: NIHInfo@OD.NIH.GOV Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Communication skills, Health literacy, Training, Writing

McGee J. 2010. Toolkit for making written material clear and effective. [Baltimore, MD]: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,

Annotation: This toolkit provides guidance about creating material that is easy for people to read, understand, and use. Contents focus on creating material intended for use by individuals eligible for or enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program and by those who serve or assist them. Topics include a reader-centered approach, writing and graphic design, testing material with readers, readability formulas, and translation.

Contact: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Telephone: (877) 267-2323 Secondary Telephone: (410) 786-3000 Fax: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Graphic design, Guidelines, Health literacy, Low literacy materials, Oral health, Resources for professionals, Translations, Writing

Research and Training Center on Independent Living. 2008. Guidelines for reporting and writing on people with disabilities. (7th ed.). Lawrence, KS: Research and Training Center on Independent Living, 10 pp.

Annotation: This brochure for writers, educators, and service providers offers guidance on making choices concerning language and portrayal of people with disabilities. It explains preferred terminology and makes suggestions for appropriate ways to describe people with disabilities. This is in English and Spanish.

Contact: Research and Training Center on Independent Living, University of Kansas, Dole Center Room 4089, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045-7555, Telephone: (785) 864-4095 Secondary Telephone: (785) 864-0706 Contact Phone: (913) 864-4095 (voice/TDD) Fax: (785) 864-5063 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Culturally competent services, Special health care needs, Style manuals, Writing

Modern Language Association. 2008. MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing. (3rd ed.). New York. NY: Modern Language Association, 336 pp.

Annotation: This manual offers guidance on writing scholarly texts, documenting research sources, submitting manuscripts to publishers, and dealing with legal issues surrounding publication. Topics covered also include scholarly publishing, preparation of scholarly manuscripts, preparation of theses and dissertations, and abbreviations.

Contact: Modern Language Association, 26 Broadway, Third Floor, New York, NY 10004-1789, Telephone: (646) 576-5000 Fax: (646) 458-0030 Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 978-0-87352-298-4.

Keywords: Legal issues, Research, Style manuals, Writing

Barzel R. 2007. A way with words: Guidelines for writing oral health materials for audiences with limited literacy. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 2 pp.

Annotation: This tip sheet provides ideas to help those who produce educational oral health materials make the materials easy for everyone to understand. It offers suggestions for how to choose words; set an appropriate tone; and craft sentences, paragraphs, lists, and headings that communicate most effectively with people with limited literacy. Suggestions for how to design documents and how to present unfamiliar terminology are also included. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Telephone: (202) 784-9771 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Communication, Low literacy materials, Oral health, Resources for professionals, Writing

Lang TA, Secic M. 2006. How to report statistics in medicine: Annotated guidelines for authors, editors, and reviewers [2nd ed]. Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians, 490 pp. (Medical writing and communication)

Annotation: This book is a guide to understanding and presenting statistical information for authors, editors, and reviewers who prepare or evaluate biomedical research articles for publication. It is divided into four parts: annotated guidelines for reporting statistical information; guidelines to statistical terms and tests; an unannotated, referenced list of guidelines; and appendices on reporting clinical trials, mathematical symbols and notation, rules for presenting numbers in text, and spelling of statistical terms and tests. In addition, there is a bibliography listing the articles and books on which the guidelines are based.

Contact: American College of Physicians, 190 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1572, Telephone: (215) 351-2400 Secondary Telephone: (800) 523-1546 Contact Phone: (215) 351-2620 Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-943126-44-4.

Keywords: Analysis of covariance, Analysis of variance, Guidelines, Multivariate analysis, Research design, Research methodology, Sampling studies, Statistics, Writing

[Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors]. [2005]. The art of grantwriting: Tips for state oral health programs. [New Bern, NC: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors], 4 pp.

Annotation: This document provides tips on successful grantwriting. It discusses where grantwriting fits in the overall mission of an agency, time and organization needs, finding and collecting data, creating the narrative/application, tips for keeping it concise, tips on budget and appendices, and managing the project post award. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, 3858 Cashill Boulevard, Reno, NV 89509, Telephone: (775) 626-5008 Fax: (775) 626-9268 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Grants, Oral health, Proposal writing

Swanson S, Bennett E, and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Center for Children with Special Needs. 2005. Patient and family education materials development kit. Seattle, WA: Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Center for Children with Special Needs, 55 pp.

Annotation: This manual provides health care professionals with information, work sheets, and forms needed to develop and evaluate resources for patient and family education. It includes ways to make print material easier to read, a list of simple words for medical jargon and information on using readability formulas and using written materials effectively in patient teaching.

Contact: Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, 4800 Sand Point Way, N.E., P.O. Box 5371, Seattle, WA 98105, Telephone: (206) 987-2000 Secondary Telephone: (206) 987-2280 Contact Phone: (206) 527-5731, ext. 2 Contact Fax: (206) 527-5705 Contact E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Children with special health care needs, Families, Low literacy materials, Patient education materials, Writing

Massad J, Oles B, Roeber C, Tashima N, Crain C. 2001. Genetics literacy project: Consumer organization study report. Takoma Park, MD: LTG Associates, 1 v.

Annotation: This report presents research examining the efforts of organizations serving the needs of families and individuals affected by genetic conditions. This research is one phase in the development of a toolkit to guide efforts to conduct education and outreach on genetics and health care to promote informed health care decisions, particularly for the underserved. This current phase of research is focused specifically on efforts of organizations to meet the needs of individuals and families affected by known genetic conditions.The report is organized into three main sections. Section 1 discusses issues related to the content of outreach materials produced, the development of these materials, modes of dissemation to consumers, and the gneral health outreach context in which they operate. Section 2 discusses lessons learned by consumer organizations that have direct bearing on outreach efforts. Section 3 discusses specific next steps to be carried out as the research project moves forward. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Newborn Screening and Genetics Resource Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 1912 West Anderson Lane, Suite 210, Austin, TX 78757, Telephone: (512) 454-6419 Fax: (512) 454-6509 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Development, Education, Educational materials, Families, Genetic disorders, Genetics, Health care, Outreach, Research, Underserved communities, Writing

Day RA. 1998. How to write and publish a scientific paper. (5th ed.). Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press, 240 pp.

Annotation: This tool is a how-to guide dealing with the writing and publication of scientific papers. It defines what a scientific paper is, and how scientific writing differs from other forms of writing. It then analyzes each element of a scientific paper (such as the title and introduction), technical issues (such as preparing illustrative material), and the post-writing stages (the submission, review, and publishing processes). It provides guidance on special circumstances such as review papers, conference reports, and oral presentations. It also covers electronic publishing formats, and some of the rules of English as applied to scientific writing.

Keywords: Manuals, Writing

Ireland J. 1997. Resource guide and workbook for MCH /CSHCN providers: How to negotiate and contract for services with Medicaid managed care organizations. Rockville, MD: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau, 60 pp.

Annotation: This guide is designed to assist providers of services to maternal and child health (MCH) and children with special health needs (CSHN) populations to contract with managed care organizations (MCOs) for health and health related services. It provides suggestions and a range of approaches to providers by guiding them through the process of developing contractual relationships with MCOs. Topics include the following: 1) understanding your state's Medicaid managed care program, 2) understanding managed care organizations, 3) evaluating and selecting the most appropriate contracting arrangement, 4) selecting services to offer an MCO, 5) how to develop a managed care proposal, and 6) proposing, marketing, and negotiating a managed care contract. Each area summarizes the subject areas covered and provides a checklist of the key steps to follow to achieve the goals of each topic. An appendix provides three sample contracts, a glossary of managed care terms, and a listing of state Medicaid agencies. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Keywords: Administrative policy, CSHCN programs, Contract services, MCH programs, MCH services, Medicaid managed care, Proposal writing, Proposals

Hanson M, ed. 1997. Maternal and child health program design and development: From the ground up; Collaboration and partnership—A casebook. [New York, NY]: Columbia University School of Social Work, 69 pp.

Annotation: This third MCH casebook from the Columbia University School of Social Work discusses program planning and development for social programs, adolescent pregnancy and parenting, young men's clinics, pediatric nutrition parents' support groups, parent-child programs, and tubal ligation; and professional writing for social workers. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Keywords: Adolescent parents, Adolescent pregnancy, Case studies, Child nutrition, Infant nutrition, Program development, Program planning, Social work, Tubal ligation, Walk in clinics, Writing

Doak CC, Doak LG, Root JH. 1996. Teaching patients with low literacy skills. (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott, 224 pp.

Annotation: This book describes techniques for most effectively teaching patients with low literacy skills. The book includes a description of the literacy problem and its effect on health; an explanation of current theories of comprehension; descriptions of tests for patient comprehension and for readability of materials; tips on teaching patients; suggested techniques for writing and rewriting educational materials; use of audio-visual materials in patient education; and advice on pretesting written materials for patients. The book includes chapter bibliographies and an index.

Keywords: Educational materials, Language barriers, Low literacy, Manuals, Patient education, Programmatic issues, Risk factors, Writing

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health. 1996. Low literacy materials: Bibliography of selections from the NCEMCH reference collection and database of organizations. Arlington, VA: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health, 52 pp.

Annotation: This bibliography lists brochures, pamphlets, videotapes, and other educational materials on maternal and child health topics prepared for low literacy audiences. Some of the materials are available in Spanish and Vietnamese. A resources section includes catalogs of educational materials and work that discuss how to prepare low literacy materials. It also lists organizations that publish low literacy materials. [Funded by Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, Telephone: (202) 784-9770 E-mail: Web Site: Contact for cost information.

Keywords: Asian language materials, Audiovisual materials, Bibliographies, Consumer education materials, Low literacy materials, Non English language materials, Spanish language materials, Writing

Haughton B, Smith G, Peyton M, McGrath M. 1994. Winning the grant game! A computer-aided instruction operating manual and workbook for hospitality educators and students. Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee, College of Human Ecology, Hotel and Restaurant Administration, 58 pp.

Annotation: This computer-aided instruction software and operating manual guides a novice grant writer step-by-step through the process of writing a grant. Some of the topics covered in this workbook are developing the problem statement, objectives, planning the methodology, evaluation, budgeting, summarizing the proposal, and packaging your proposal. It is almost identical to one published in 1988 for public health nutritionists. This computer-aided software is designed to operate with an IBM PC with a 256K or higher main memory or equivalent microcomputer. Several versions are available depending on the computer to be used. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: University of Tennessee, Department of Nutrition, Jessie Harris Building, Room 229, 1215 W. Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-1920, Telephone: (865) 974-5445 Fax: (865) 974-3491 E-mail: Web Site:

Keywords: Grants, Proposal writing

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.