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.
Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category
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
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 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.
From Coverage to Care (C2C) is an initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to help people with new health coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them. A Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You is now available to download and print in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.
The C2C Roadmap includes 8 steps that explain what health coverage is and how to use it to get needed care.
CMS acknowledges the following community partners for their assistance in reviewing these resources:
• Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations;
• Asian Health Services;
• Korean Community Center of the East Bay; and
• North East Medical Services.
C2C resources in additional languages are forthcoming.
To download or print these resources in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese, please visit http://1.usa.gov/1wmomR7
The HIV/AIDS Portal now offers users the ability to search for multilingual content. The new Multilingual Search interface searches specifically for HIV/AIDS related topics from the multilingual and multicultural content of HealthReach (formerly RHIN). HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information to individuals for whom English is not their primary language. It is also an important resource for health professional as well as public health administrators. Users can search by subject/topic, language and format. The default for the search is always HIV/AIDS so there is no need for these terms to be included in the search. There is also an Advanced Search capability to further refine your retrieval. The content is available in audio and video formats as well as text. For text documents there is a feature that allows you to view the document in a split screen with one side being English the other being the language you requested in your search.
The Multilingual Search interface is listed under the Resources For…Multilingual Speakers on the HIV/AIDS Portal homepage. http://1.usa.gov/1zshA3H
The January issue of Nation’s Health includes a consumer health handout on mammograms. The handout, “Why your mammogram is a don’t-miss screening,” is available in English and Spanish and can be shared on bulletin boards, newsletters, at health fairs or other avenues.
Healthy You (American Public Health Association): http://bit.ly/UD9hur
Learn more at MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1FMiQSI
HHS and NIH’s National Eye Institute (NEI) recognize January as Glaucoma Awareness Month. For further information, social media toolkits and scripts, PSAs, info graphics, faith-based resources, and other materials, please visit:
The National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) http://1.usa.gov/14zyIrk
The Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF) http://bit.ly/1wZydfZ
The Prevent Blindness America Glaucoma Educator Course http://bit.ly/1s9qVuk
The holiday is just weeks away! In preparation for New Year’s resolutions, Kids.gov has compiled resources for National Diet Month. These resources include information on healthy eating, exercising, staying active for kids, lesson plans, nutrition games for children, posters, coloring sheets, and much more!
To view the resources: http://1.usa.gov/1wPUuQG
Explicit, standardized instructions that improve patients’ understanding, and possibly reduce errors while improving adherence, are now available from the AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center. These tested instructions for pills follow the Universal Medication Schedule (UMS), which simplifies complex medicine regimens by using standard time periods for administration (morning, noon, evening, and bedtime). The instructions have also been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
To access the instructions in all six languages, go to: http://1.usa.gov/13gsISy
To learn about other tools and resources available from the AHRQ’s Pharmacy Health Literacy Center, go to: http://1.usa.gov/1GvEPu6