When you communicate with the public and other partners, it is best practice to use Plain Language or “Plain Talk.” Plain Talk makes it easier for people to read, understand, and use your communications or educational materials.
In some cases, Plain Talk is required. Programs that receive federal funding must use Plain Talk to make their communication clear and easy to use.
To help support your communication efforts, the state Department of Health’s Center for Public Affairs developed two resources:
- A one-page overview of the seven Washington Plain Talk guidelines
- A two-page guide with more detail on how to use the seven guidelines
You can find more detail on Washington’s Plain Talk Guidelines on the governor’s website.
For more information or support using Plain Talk for public health, contact DOH Health Educator Emma Wolf.