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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

Defining Health Literacy

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

On April 4, 2016, the National Academy of Medicine published a discussion paper “Considerations for a New Definition of Health Literacy” http://bit.ly/1Vk2TKt. One of the paper’s conclusions argues that a more “practical consensus on a definition of health literacy” will improve the ability to compare research and data sets and potentially improve health.

On April 13, the National Library of Medicine’s NLM in Focus, http://1.usa.gov/1SZBtU4, shared some of these definition difficulties as well as one of the most comprehensive definitions to date. In addition, the blog post includes numerous links to health literacy resources and research.

Is the shingles vaccine right for you?

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Shingles is a painful disease caused by the same virus as chicken pox.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases has created a video and quiz about the shingles vaccine.

Is the Shingles Vaccine Right for You?: http://bit.ly/1YCPw6d
MedlinePlus has additional information about shingles: http://1.usa.gov/1Wb15Cm

Fighting Mental Illness Stigma to Help End Health Disparities

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

People like Dior Vargas are activity combating negative stigma surrounding mental illness. MentalHealth.gov provides facts, community conversation guides, and suggestions on talking with family and friends about mental illness (in English and Español).

Image and links seen on National Minority Health Month Twitter chat, #NMHM16Chat

Make health information easy to read and understand #NMHM16

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

From US Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health

@MinorityHealth: 9 out of 10 Americans have difficulties with basic health information.

MedlinePlus How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials http://1.usa.gov/23fceYz

Make health information easy to read and understand

National Public Health Week 2016

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

Adapted from the Outreach and Special Populations Branch of the National Library of Medicine

It’s nearing the end of National Public Health Week 2016. Outreach and Special Populations Branch provides a variety of reliable information resources to help improve public health information access, including:

HealthReach – Multilingual and multicultural public health information for those working with or providing care to individuals with limited English proficiency.
HIV/AIDS Information for Specific Populations – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information for scientists, physicians, educators, and consumers.
Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information – Information about cultural competency, tools, health literacy, research, and policy.
K-12 Science and Health Education – Working with teachers and science experts to provide free reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education.

 

 

Healthy You: arthritis

Monday, April 4th, 2016

The American Public Health Association has published a handout entitled “Arthritis: Managing pain through healthy moves”. The handout can be printed in English, Spanish or as an Easy-to-Read version.

Healthy You (APHA): http://bit.ly/UD9hur

HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project 2016

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Adapted from SIS NLM, http://1.usa.gov/1VQ92x7

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects for improving HIV/AIDS information access for patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers and the general public. Emphasis is on increasing the awareness and utilization of NLM online health and medical resources in the HIV/AIDS Community through the use of innovative and evidence-based projects.

Projects must involve two or more of the following information access categories:

  • Information retrieval;
  • Skills development;
  • Resource development and dissemination; and/or
  • Equipment Acquisition.

Significance is placed upon the following types of organizations or arrangements for developing these programs:

  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) or patient advocacy groups currently providing HIV/AIDS related serves to the affected community;
  • Public libraries serving communities in the provision of HIV/AIDS-related information and resources;
  • Health departments or other local, municipal, or state agencies working to improve public health;
  • Faith-based organizations currently providing HIV/AIDS-related services; and/or
  • Multi-type consortia of the above-listed organizations that may be in existence or formed specifically for this project.

Awards are offered for up to $50,000.

Quotations are due to NLM on June 13, 2016.

The solicitation for the 2016 HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Project is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site, http://1.usa.gov/21PneGd

Support for Consumer Health Interactions at the Public Library

Friday, March 25th, 2016

The Health Happens in Libraries team from WebJunction.org has posted the new article “Just Another Day at the Desk: squirrels, professional ethics and consumer health information” with resources to support public libraries as you provide ethical responses to consumer health information requests. It also provides resources such as the guide Understanding Ethics and Privacy in Health Information and Services. It includes guidance on how to provide ethical services when you aren’t a health expert; ethical communication practices for when you and your patron speak different languages; and how to maintain an ethical and reliable collection for health information consumers. The guide also includes individual and team reflection questions to help you consider these topics proactively. To read the article, please visit: bit.ly/1XSxRqJ To see the pathway and guide: bit.ly/1RpYsYh

NIH MedlinePlus magazine: healthy mail for you and patients

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Did you know that you can get consumer-friendly NIH research delivered to your home or office? Subscribe to NIH MedlinePlus magazine for quarterly health news you can use. Bulk ordering is available.

Read online: http://1.usa.gov/1RamM3I

Subscriptions: http://1.usa.gov/1pF7kCN

 

Prenatal Education for Low-Income Latinas Using Photonovels

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Participatory Group Prenatal Education Using Photonovels: Evaluation of a Lay Health Educator Model with Low-Income Latinas

By Susan J. Auger, Sarah Verbiest, James V. Spickard, Florence M. Simán, and Mélida Colindres

Published in Journal of Participatory Medicine, December 2015, http://bit.ly/1RhjfCu

“This study demonstrated that 1) a participatory prenatal education program can be an effective way to foster health literacy and empowerment among low-income Latinas; and 2) trained lay educators can be effective group facilitators. The intervention’s tripartite approach offers a vehicle for health professionals to partner with Latino communities to promote active participation and capacity building for health and change. This strategy could be adapted and tested with other topics and communities.”