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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

Reported Cases of Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise, Some at Alarming Rate

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“Reported cases of three nationally notifiable STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – have increased for the first time since 2006, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the 2014 STD Surveillance Report.

The approximately 1.4 million reported cases of chlamydia, a rate of 456.1 cases per 100,000 population, is up 2.8 percent since 2013. Rates of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis – the most infectious stages of syphilis –and gonorrhea have both increased since 2013, by 15.1 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively. In 2014, there were 350,062 reported cases of gonorrhea (a rate of 110.7 per 100,000) and 19,999 reported cases of P&S syphilis (for a rate of 6.3 per 100,000).”

For information on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of STDs, visit MedlinePlus:

Everyday Words for Public Health Communication from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Everyday Words for Public Health Communication offers expert recommendations from CDC’s Health Literacy Council and other agency communicators on how to reduce jargon and replace problematic terms to improve comprehension.

This document provides substitute terms, examples of difficult public health content, revised wording and tips to reinforce meaning and avoid other common pitfall

Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men’s Risk for Heart Failure

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

A recent news item in MedlinePlus highlights a study linking two servings a day of sugary drinks to increased risk of heart failure.


Check out the Heart Diseases – Prevention health topic page on MedlinePlus for tips to improve heart health:

Is More Health Information Always Better?

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A recently published perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine provides an interesting commentary on the provision of additional health information and that it might not always be the best approach. Listen to the To Your Health: NLM Update on “Is More Health Information Always Better?” A transcript is also available:


Project Literacy: Here’s What Happens When People Don’t Understand Their Doctor

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

An article from Project Literacy describes the consequences for those with limited health literacy. A large body of research has linked limited health literacy with poor health outcomes including fewer preventive services, higher levels of hospital readmission and worse health overall.

Read more about the consequences here:

Stop the Bleed: New campaign from the Department of Homeland Security

Monday, October 19th, 2015

From the Department of Homeland Security:

“No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.

‘Stop the Bleed’ is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.”

The campaign includes First Aid instructions for managing bleeding at the scene of an accident.

Stop the Bleed:

Are You Smarter Than a Public Health Nerd? New game from the CDC

Monday, October 19th, 2015

To test your “Health IQ”, check out a new trivia game from the Centers for Disease Control. The game is available from the Apple App store and Google Play.

More information:

Health Insurance Marketplace: Outreach Materials

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace begins November 1. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have resources to help you assist those seeking coverage.

Outreach and Education Materials:

Sign up to be a “Champion for Coverage” to get weekly updates and new outreach materials:

Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold a workshop October 19, 2015 in Irvine, California on Integrating Health Literacy with Cultural Competency and Language Access Services.  The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussions on interventions and strategies for integration and differing perspectives such as providers and systems, patients and families, communities, and payors.  The meeting will be held from 8:30 – 5:30PM Pacific Time at the Beckman Center.  To register to attend in person or via webcast go to

Affordable Care Act: Guide for Agricultural Workers

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The National Center for Farmworker Health has created a guide for agricultural workers that describes benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The guide is in English and is available for sharing.

ACA fact sheet: