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WRITING AND WRITERS: STYLE AND WRITING MANUALS :

MEDICINE :

HEALTH :

UNITED STATES: GOVERNMENT:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC):

Plain Writing at CDC

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Plain Writing at CDC

http://www.cdc.gov/other/plainwriting.html

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Plain language improves communication. Decide who you are trying to communicate with and decide on your key message. Be clear.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC Director, 2012

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Our Promise to the Public: Writing You Can Understand

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CDC is committed to using plain writing in information for the public.

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Our information is relevant to many groups, and plain writing makes the information even more useful. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires all federal agencies to write plainly when they communicate with the public, and CDC is taking many steps to use plain writing.

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What CDC is Doing to Use Plain Writing

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Writing is only one way CDC communicates with the public. We also make presentations, hold public meetings, and produce radio interviews, podcasts and videos so that our information is available to as many people as possible. Plain language is just as important when we speak as when we write. At CDC, we use plain language, not just plain writing.

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CDC follows the federal plain language guidelines and uses the Clear Communication Index to assess and improve our public communication materials. Our websites follow the best practices in web design and navigation. CDC already has trained many staff in plain language and is training many more. We are creating new documents and materials for the public in plain language. When we make major changes to documents and materials already available to the public, we use plain language.

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You can view the plain writing plan [[PDF – 65KB] from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CDC is following this plan. HHS releases annual reports that provide an overview of the implementation efforts made by operating agencies. CDC contributes to these reports. You can view the 2014 report here[PDF – 91KB]. You can view a summary of CDC’s progress in using plain writing here[PDF 51.95 KB, 8 pages].

Links to the content in the above paragraph

http://www.hhs.gov/open/plain-writing/plain-writing-act-report.pdf

http://www.cdc.gov/healthcommunication/clearcommunicationindex/index.html

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You can view the plain writing plan [[PDF – 65KB] from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CDC is following this plan. HHS releases annual reports that provide an overview of the implementation efforts made by operating agencies. CDC contributes to these reports. You can view the 2014 report here[PDF – 91KB]. You can view a summary of CDC’s progress in using plain writing here[PDF 51.95 KB, 8 pages].

Links to the content in the above paragraph

http://www.hhs.gov/open/plain-writing/plain-writing-act-report.pdf

http://www.hhs.gov/open/plain-writing/
hhs-2014-plain-writing-act-compliance-rpt.pdf

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http://tinyurl.com/ojsgjad

http://www.cdc.gov/other/pdf/
cdc-plain-writing-act-implementation-response-2275543.pdf

OR

http://tinyurl.com/q9xr4uy

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You can provide us feedback on our documents and materials and let us know how we are doing in using plain language. You can contact us at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) or Contact CDC-INFO.

http://www.cdc.gov/cdc-info/requestform.html

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You can find more information on plain language at the federal plain language web site or CDCs web site on health literacy.

http://www.plainlanguage.gov/

http://www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/index.html

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CDC’s Examples of Plain Writing for the Public

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CDC programs use plain language in many types of public documents. We are providing some examples so you know what to expect.

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Vital Signs

http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/index.html

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CDC has created a series of fact sheets called Vital Signs on the most important public health problems in the U.S. The fact sheets provide basic information and action steps that individuals, communities and organizations can take.

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Lead Poisoning Prevention

http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tools/LeadGlossary_508.pdf

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Lead Poisoning: Words to Know[1.3 MB, 36 pages] is a plain language explanation of words and phrases about lead poisoning.

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National Diabetes Education Program
http://ndep.nih.gov/publications/ PublicationDetail.aspx?PubId=4&redirect=true

OR

http://tinyurl.com/kkdbo46

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The brochure, 4 Steps to Manage Your Diabetes for Life[PDF 1.01 MB, 20 pages], is a clear step-by-step guide to help people take care of their diabetes.

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Immunizations

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Young people need vaccines (often called shots) to protect them from serious diseases. The fact sheets linked here provide basic and in-depth information for parents about the chickenpox disease and chickenpox vaccine. CDC provides these facts sheets for 14 different diseases and the vaccines that prevent them.

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Basic Chickenpox Fact Sheet[357 KB, 2 pages]

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/varicella/
downloads/PL-dis-chickenpox-bw-office.pdf

OR

http://tinyurl.com/o5lh9to
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In-depth Chickenpox Fact Sheet[528 KB, 2 pages]

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/varicella/ downloads/dis-chickenpox-bw-office.pdf
OR
http://tinyurl.com/o6l7tes

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