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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

WebMD Knows Best?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

An interesting article on how the digital era is changing the way consumers make medical decisions and sorting out the good information from the irrelevant or bad. Even though people are doing more online research, which is influencing medical decisions, the information found is often not discussed with our doctors. This article discusses the importance of integrating what we find with our office visits so that context and expertise needed to interpret those findings are part of the medical decision-making process. http://slate.me/1CM1iDg

 

Learn about the CDC’s Health Literacy Tools

Friday, March 20th, 2015

A few months ago, CDC redesigned its health literacy website to increase access to a number of tools and trainings. These solutions were designed to help you to produce accurate, accessible and actionable health information, whether you’re new to health literacy or a seasoned veteran.

John Parmer, Health Communication Specialist in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC) will lead a live tour of the website. John has helped to coordinate health literacy activities across the agency. In that role, he was involved in the launch of the Clear Communication Index as a research-based tool.

*   Two digital tours will be offered of CDC.gov/healthliteracy and Clear Communication Widget in partnership with Appalachian Community Cancer Network, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region,  Heath Care Improvement Foundation and Regional Health Literacy Coalition.

*   Chose the time that best suits you. There will be two tours. The first is on Tuesday, March 24 at 10 am (EST) and the second is on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 pm (EST).

Free registration for either time: http://bit.ly/1MV2llA

The Good Nutrition Reading List

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

In observance of National Nutrition Month March 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published an online guide that identifies and describes books and websites that provide timely and scientifically-based nutrition information you can trust.

This is not a comprehensive list but a good place to start to find reliable information. Categories include: child and teen nutrition, diabetes, food sensitivities, nutrition and lifestyle and special needs. http://bit.ly/1xfnQvD

Colorectal Cancer: Resources

Monday, March 16th, 2015

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.

healthfinder.gov and MedlinePlus have resources for preventing colorectal cancer and encouraging people to get screened.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (healthfinder.gov): http://1.usa.gov/1xs4s9m

Colorectal Cancer (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1dfslH0 (multiple languages available)

Kid-friendly Recipes You Can Make with Your Kids

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Kids.gov – Join Millions of Parents for National Nutrition Month

Give a boost to nutrition and healthy eating by having a grocery list that includes variety. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of kid-friendly recipes that you can cook with your kids. Cooking together means quality time together.

You can provide the ideal setting to discuss good nutrition habits by making cooking fun.

So grab your aprons and get cooking!

Cool Treats: Veggies and Smoothies – http://1.usa.gov/1AMbTbt

Fast and Fun Recipes (PDF version) – http://bit.ly/1DQfp6I

Healthy Recipes for Kids – http://1.usa.gov/17W2WFM

Recipes for Special Diets (including diabetes, lactose intolerant and others) – http://bit.ly/1Kt4OHP

British Medical Journal Spotlights Patient-Centered Care

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The British Medical Journal recently spotlighted patient-centered care with articles on how doctors and patients can work collaboratively to improve the way healthcare is designed and delivered so that it better meets the needs and priorities of patients: http://bmj.co/1Lj3oeb.  One featured article, “From Patient Centred to People Powered: Autonomy on the Rise,” is authored by Dave deBronkart, known as E-Patient Dave, discusses the progressive social movement to improve medical care: http://bmj.co/1zLLDCc.

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit updated: January 2015. The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new edition of their Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. The toolkit, available here,  http://1.usa.gov/16TsXoo, can help primary care practitioners with increasing the level of patient understanding of health information, followup instructions, medication directions and overall communication.

Toolkit: Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit is available that addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance. The toolkit includes: an overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact; links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue; and contact information for leading experts on the issue. The toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” is available here: http://bit.ly/1yJxDbR

Cervical Health Awareness: Resources

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

January is Cervical Health Awareness month. HealthFinder.gov has sample messaging for organizations who want to spread reliable information about cervical health.

Cervical Health Awareness Month: http://1.usa.gov/186bDhg

Folic Acid: Information for women of childbearing age

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Folic acid is essential everyone, especially for women of childbearing age. The Affordable Care Act covers folic acid supplements. For information on the importance of folic acid and how to get enough of it, check out these resources:

Get Enough Folic Acid (healthfinder.gov): http://1.usa.gov/1wqm1F5

Folic Acid (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1CGa8PN

Both sites are also available in Spanish.