Annetta Cheek Ph.D. is an ongoing champion of plain language. With a background in anthropology and many years experience as a federal employee, Cheek helped lead the way to convincing the U.S. Congress to pass the Plain Writing Act of 2010. Now she and others are supporting new legislation to streamline government regulations.
Annetta Cheek’s commitment to plain language is long-standing. Among her many accomplishments, she served as an expert for Vice President Gore’s plain language initiative. More recently, she helped found the non-profit organization, the Center for Plain Language.
In this podcast, Annetta Cheek talks with Helen Osborne about:
- Plain language: What it is and why it is needed for all types of documents.
- Plain language legislation: How government communications affect everyone.
- Practical ways to help overcome a “culture of complex communication.”
More Ways to Learn:
- Center for Plain Language, http://centerforplainlanguage.org/
- Health Literacy Out Loud #19: Communicating Clearly on the Web, http://healthliteracy.com/hlol-web
- Plain Language Association International, http://www.plainlanguagenetwork.org/
- Plainlanguage.gov: Improving Communication from the Federal Government to the Public. At http://www.plainlanguage.gov/
- Plain Writing Act of 2010. At http://www.fdic.gov/plainlanguage/plainwritingact.pdf
- Redish & Associates, Inc. Includes information about Redish’s book, Letting Go of the Words. At http://www.redish.net/
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 3, 4, 6, 27, 28, 30.
For a transcript of this podcast, please visit http://healthliteracy.com/transcript.asp?PageID=11098