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Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick believes offering medical explanations in clear, everyday language from trusted messengers can help shrink health disparities. Her video company, Grapevine Health, is built on that idea — and some health insurers are buying in. Ryan Levi/Tradeoffs hide caption

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Bithaniya Fieseha, a high school senior, graduates from the Youth Public Health Ambassador program run by Virginia's Fairfax County Health Department. Will Schermerhorn/Fairfax County Health Department hide caption

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Short on community health workers, a county trains teens as youth ambassadors

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Last year, in her first year of medical school at Harvard, Pooja Chandrashekar recruited 175 multilingual health profession students from around the U.S. to create simple and accurate fact sheets about COVID-19 in 40 languages. Michele Abercrombie for NPR hide caption

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About 50 percent of patients don't take their medicine as prescribed, research shows. And those mistakes are thought to result in at least 100,000 preventable deaths each year. amphotora/Getty Images hide caption

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'Smart' Pill Bottles Aren't Always Enough To Help The Medicine Go Down

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Traditional warning labels on medicine boxes tend to be long on confusing language, critics say, but short on helpful numbers. iStockphoto hide caption

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How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

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