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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

Free NIH funded Medical Translation App

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Communicate quickly with patients using translated medical phrases in Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Malay, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and more. Show phrases with text, and play with audio.

When needed, call live medical interpreters from Canopy.

Includes 1,500 common medical phrases created by medical professionals, available for 4 specialities:
Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and General Surgery

Phrases cover:
Greeting and Goodbye, History, Physical Exam, Labs, Radiology, Procedures, Labor and Delivery, Gynecology, Reassessment, Plan, and more.

Canopy has been funded by NIH to create various resources to support clinicians in providing care for underserved minorities. They’ve developed a medical translator app and are eager for input.
If you use the code below, you’ll have the app and subsequent upgrades
free of charge, even when they begin to charge for it:
Click http://bit.ly/1j8G8kK or search for “canopy” on the App Store, and use access code
75753  after you download.
If downloading on an iPad, make sure to switch to IPHONE ONLY apps when
you search on the App Store.
This code is only good until Tuesday April 22!  Download the app today to ensure free access.

Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive! Campaign

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

As many as one in four children from birth to age 5 is at risk of developmental delay or behavioral challenges. To promote healthy development and early identification of these issues, several agencies within HHS (including SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Education have partnered to launch a public outreach campaign highlighting the importance of universal developmental and behavioral screening, and support for young children.

The campaign’s mission is to:

  • Promote universal screening.
  • Identify possible delays and behavioral issues in any child setting.
  • Enhance developmental supports for children.
  • Offer resources for professionals working with children.

These resources include screening tools, user guides for different audiences (including behavioral health providers), and an array of online resources for providers and parents.

http://1.usa.gov/1kOvwKc

Health LandScape mapping tool

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

American Academy of Family Physicians - An interactive web-based mapping tool that allows health professionals, policy makers and researchers to combine, analyze and display information in ways that promote better understanding of health and healthcare issues.  http://bit.ly/1hEg6o7

From the Urban Institute Health Policy Center

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

A new study by the Urban Institute focuses on health insurance literacy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been helpful in creating an awareness that people who have never had insurance are expected to understand complex terminology.   This study shows racial/ethnic disparities in health literacy understanding. http://urbn.is/1hY0myc

FDA Consumer Updates: Diabetes Impact on Minority Health

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is partnering  with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other groups to help Americans prevent and treat diabetes.  The OMH is working to raise awareness of members of ethnic and minority groups of the need to stay healthy and to get treatment for diabetes if needed.   http://1.usa.gov/1dKTYrI

Racial and ethnic minorities have a higher burden of diabetes, worse diabetes control and are more likely to experience complications.

What do the numbers show? According to the National Health Interview Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • 17.5% of American Indians/Alaska natives
  • 16.3% of American Indians/Native Americans
  • 13.2% of Hispanics
  • 12.9% of non-Hispanic blacks
  • 9.1% of Asian Americans
  • 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites 18 and older

For more information visit: OMH – Minority Health http://1.usa.gov/1ixux1a

FDA proposes updates to Nutrition Facts label on food packages

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The proposed label also would replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with how much people really eat, and it would feature a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.

To read more about the changes and to see the new label, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1ht6Mql

Women and Heart Disease: a patient resource guide

Monday, February 17th, 2014

From the Office of Minority Health:

“Association of Black Cardiologists, in partnership with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSource: New resource. Women and Heart Disease: A Patient Resource Guide. This workbook is designed to provide you and your loved ones with educational resources and support as you learn about cardiovascular disease and the impact it has on overall health.”

View the full workbook: http://bit.ly/1fakiPq

The Plain Language Report Card

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The Plain Language Report Card grades US federal agencies on how well they are meeting the Plain Writing Act of 2010 http://bit.ly/19yEKHz. The Center released its first report card a year from the date when the first requirement of the Plain Writing Act went into effect–July 2011.  This year, the Center evaluated more departments and independent agencies. They gave them two grades – one for compliance with the basic requirements of the Plain Writing Act, and one based on their analysis of how well their documents adhered to plain language principles. See the 2013 results. http://bit.ly/1dng8k0

Healthy Options Program

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Prevention Research Center for Rural Health - Provides a toolkit for rural restaurant owners to use to help people lead healthier lives through improving their diet when eating at restaurants. The toolkit includes tips for program implementation, brochure to give restaurant owners, press release information, logos and templates for window and table signs, and more!  Available here: http://bit.ly/19k7gc9

Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a new tool for healthcare professionals. The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to promote health literacy. It helps users select from the many patient education materials available to determine those that are easier to understand and act on. Materials that score better on the PEMAT can be distributed to patients and consumers in hard copy, placed in an electronic health record system for providers to access at the point of care, or posted on patient portals. The accompanying user’s guide provides instructions on how to use the PEMAT, and a spreadsheet file automatically calculates PEMAT scores. http://1.usa.gov/ILbfs6