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Bet Key Wong, MSN, RN, CNOR


Bet Key Wong, MSN, RN, CNOR is the founder of Central Massachusetts Health Literacy Project. Her interest in health literacy started when she was working in the pharmaceutical industry and she found that many industry’s patient education brochures were beautifully done but not useful to patients and their caregivers. Her journey for clear, simple, and effective health communication included joining Health Circles started by literacy advocates in the greater Boston area and volunteering as a literacy tutor for Chinese immigrants in Boston's  Chinatown. Currently, she works as an operating room nurse at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, MA.  Her health literacy work focuses on the elderly and low-income population.


Wong, B (2019). The Flu is not a cold and other lessons learned from past flu seasons and pandemics. Delaware Nurses Association Reporter. Delaware Nurses Association.

Wong, B (2018). Health Literacy and Surgical Site Infections: A Case on Pre-Surgical Shower. Presented as part of the Health Literacy: The Read World symposium. Intellus World Wide Institute, Quincy, MA. October1, 2018. 

Wong, B. McClaughlin, MA, & Guerillo, R. (2017). Health literacy and surgical outcomes: Are we asking too much from our patients?  Poster presented at the 2017 Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Global EXPO held in Boston, MA, April 1-5, 2017.

Wong, B (2014). Building a Coalition to Promote Health Literacy in Central Massachusetts. Poster presented at the 2014 UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement and Research Symposium, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, November 7, 2014.

Wong, B., Shuler, G., & Chan, L. (2014). Health literacy: Policies, challenges, and possibilities. Health Literacy Month Graduate Nursing Lecture, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA, October 29, 2014.

Wong, B., Goodale, M., Schmohl, P. & Keenan, A. (2012).  Implementation of health literacy practices in designing training programs for community based transition care coaches to reduce hospital readmissions. Selected for podium presentation at the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference, Bethesda, MD, October 22, 2012.

Wong, B. (2012).  Building a health literate workplace. Workplace Health & Safety, 60, 363-369.

Wong, B. (2011).  Central Massachusetts Health Literacy Project. Current State of Health Literacy in Central Massachusetts Symposium, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA, May 11, 2011.

Wong, B. McClaughlin, MA, & Guerillo, R. (2011). Implementing health literacy practices in ambulatory surgery.  Poster presented at the Lahey Clinic Nursing Research Day, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington, MA. May 3, 2011.

Wong, B. (2011). Central Massachusetts Heath Literacy Project. Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA, April 20, 2011.


Hudson, S.  Rikard, RV. Staiculescu, I. & Edison, K (2018). Improving health and the bottom line: The case for health literacy. Roundtable on Health Literacy, Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Accessible at