The World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe has released a new, free publication — Health Literacy: The Solid Facts. Designed to influence policy makers, the 73 page guide summarizes the problem and lays out strategy to create health literacy friendly institutions and make policy. http://bit.ly/16QhSkE
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CommunicateHealth just announced their weekly e-newsletter, We (heart) Health Literacy. The newsletter features practical health literacy tips and tricks. Sign up at: http://bit.ly/174v16o
Veterans Health Library
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Access veteran-focused health information in the form of health sheets, videos, guides, and flipbooks geared toward veterans, their family members, and caregivers. Available here: http://bit.ly/12nX9CJ
2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare is written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation and narrated by Charlie Gibson, former anchor of ABC’s World News with Charlie Gibson and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. This new animated video features the YouToons as they get ready for “Obamacare” and explore health insurance changes under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The cartoon serves as a health reform tutorial for consumers and organizations. 2014 is coming–are you ready for Obamacare <http://bit.ly/1c2tDGX>
This brochure, available in English and Spanish, provides patients with questions that they should ask upon discharge to help them get the information they need for the best follow-up care. <http://bit.ly/168xkGg>
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a guide to promote patient and family involvement in inpatient care.
“The guide provides four evidence-based strategies that hospitals can use to implement patient- and family-centered care practices. Each strategy includes educational tools and resources for patients and families, training materials for health care professionals and real-world examples that show how strategies are being implemented in hospital settings. The strategies describe how patients and families, working with hospital staff, can:
- Be advisors. How hospitals can recruit and train patients and family members to serve as advisors and train clinicians and hospital staff to work effectively with them.
- Promote better communication at the bedside to improve quality. How patients and families can interact with the health care team, understand the different roles that team members play and see the importance of being partners with clinicians.
- Participate in bedside shift reports. Teaching patients and families what a bedside shift report is, how they can contribute to it and how nurses can support those contributions.
- Prepare to leave the hospital. Different approaches clinicians can use to plan and keep track of the tasks that need to be done before a patient is discharged from the hospital.” [AHRQ, press release, 8 July 2013]
Access the guide: http://1.usa.gov/15uejh3
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The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) adds information about culture to its Health Literacy resource.
The NN/LM has added content to its Health Literacy resource to include information about culture in the context of health literacy. As part of a project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program, Diana Almader-Douglas evaluated the existing health literacy Web-based resource at the NN/LM and determined that the resource would benefit from addressing the importance of culture in understanding health literacy.
Culture is one component of health literacy, but it is also a critical element of the complex topic of health literacy. Culture shapes communication, beliefs, and the comprehension of health information. By enhancing the NN/LM Health Literacy Web page with content about health literacy in a cultural context, users of the page, and end users will be able to better meet the health information needs of vulnerable and diverse population groups they are serving.
By adding content related to culture and how culture impacts health, the resource raises increased awareness about vulnerable and special populations, and highlights the connection to health disparities and health literacy.
For more information on culture and health literacy, visit:
Benjamin RM. Improving Health by Improving Health Literacy. Public Health Rep. 2010, Nov-Dec; 125(6):784-785. Available from: http://1.usa.gov/18kCQKS
United States Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA). Culture, Language and Health Literacy. Available from: http://1.usa.gov/12qSZdu
United States Department of Health & Human Services. National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Outreach Activities; Resources. Multi-cultural Resources for Health Information. Available from: http://1.usa.gov/12rnYG9
Health Resources and Services Administration - View and hear this presentation recording or download slides, and call 1.888.566.0614 to hear the audio. It describes the Affordable Care Act, health insurance marketplaces, qualified health plans (QHPs), essential health benefits (EHBs), and what this all means to consumers, small businesses, employers, and health care providers. It also summarizes implementation timelines and deadlines associated with these aspects of the ACA. http://bit.ly/12YrxXx