Many of our resources this year focused on various responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a diverse field of lesson plans, online exhibits, and boredom busters, the COVID-19 Health Literacy Project left a lasting impression. The project disseminates evidence-based and equitable COVID-19 healthcare information in a variety of languages. Filling a critical need for multilingual health literacy materials amidst a public health crisis, this resource climbed to the top of our list.
During COVID-19, access to accurate healthcare information is more critical than ever. The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project is an excellent resource for those seeking information on how to curb the spread of and seek treatment for COVID-19. What makes this project special is its focus on disseminating information in multiple languages "to help all patients know when, and how, to seek care." Currently, materials are available in more than 30 languages. New materials are added daily, so be sure to check back frequently. All info sheets are fact-checked and vetted by Harvard Medical School faculty, with assistance from Harvard Health Publishing. Harvard Medical School student Pooja Chandrashekar launched this project, and it has grown "into a national coalition of over 150 medical students representing over 35 institutions and 34 languages." The project also partners with several state and national organizations, including Feeding America and regional healthcare centers.