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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

From Coverage to Care now available in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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

New Multilingual Search on HIV/AIDS Portal

Monday, January 19th, 2015

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

Healthy You: Why your mammogram is a don’t-miss screening

Monday, January 12th, 2015

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

January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

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

January is National Diet Month

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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

AHRQ Grantee Simplifies Medicine Instructions

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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

Bleeding Disorders in Women

Monday, December 8th, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 11% of women with heavy menstrual periods have a bleeding disorder. The CDC has information about signs and symptoms of bleeding disorders and tips for talking to your doctor.

Bleeding Disorders in Women (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1ziE3Ox

A Priceless Gift: Your Family Health History

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

NIH News in Health –

Conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes often run in families. Tracing the illnesses of your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your health care practitioner predict your risk for specific disorders. It could suggest vital screening tests and treatments before any disease is evident. That’s why it’s so important to discuss your family’s health history.

The U.S. Surgeon General has an online tool, My Family Health Portrait  http://1.usa.gov/1wAozGb  that can help you gather and record your family health history. The tool lets you save family information to your own computer and share health histories with other family members. The tool is available in English, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Before you start using this tool, talk with family members to gather details about their health histories. The Surgeon General offers tips on starting the conversations at http://1.usa.gov/1tUCxM0

In the future, tests may make it possible to identify and possibly fix the gene glitches that raise a person’s risk for diseases. NIH is now working on technology that will help doctors quickly create a health plan based on a person’s unique genetic blueprint. In the meantime, family health history is a no-cost way to help doctors personalize your health care.

As the holiday season continues, start a new tradition and create a family health portrait. This will truly be a priceless gift to you, your family, and future generations.

Talking Turkey: Food Safety resources

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Want to cook (and eat!) safely this holiday season? Visit the Food Safety health topic page of MedlinePlus.

Resources include:

  • 4 Basic Steps to Food Safety at Home (easy to read)
  • Poultry Preparation
  • Leftovers and Food Safety
  • Holiday Food Safety (video)

Food Safety (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1vFyIBN

Know the ABCs of Diabetes: National Diabetes Month

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

According to the CDC, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes. Since November is National Diabetes Month, it is a perfect time to familiarize yourself with the ABCs of diabetes management.

A is for: A1C test – a blood test that measures your average blood sugar level over the past 3 months.

B is for: Blood pressure – the force of your blood against the wall of your blood vessels.

C is for: cholesterol – there are two types, LDL and HDL. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol that can build up and clog your blood vessels.

It is important to monitor each of these at your regular visit with your doctor. Should you develop diabetes, it can be treated with medication, but you need to be aware of potential risks or side-effects. If you or a family member is diabetic, here are some tasty recipes to try that are also healthy.

To read the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014: http://1.usa.gov/1uCJyHX

For National Diabetes Month resources: http://1.usa.gov/1xdWXFl

Tasty recipes: http://1.usa.gov/1tig9LZ