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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

From the Urban Institute Health Policy Center

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

A new study by the Urban Institute focuses on health insurance literacy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been helpful in creating an awareness that people who have never had insurance are expected to understand complex terminology.   This study shows racial/ethnic disparities in health literacy understanding.

FDA Consumer Updates: Diabetes Impact on Minority Health

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is partnering  with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other groups to help Americans prevent and treat diabetes.  The OMH is working to raise awareness of members of ethnic and minority groups of the need to stay healthy and to get treatment for diabetes if needed.

Racial and ethnic minorities have a higher burden of diabetes, worse diabetes control and are more likely to experience complications.

What do the numbers show? According to the National Health Interview Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau:

  • 17.5% of American Indians/Alaska natives
  • 16.3% of American Indians/Native Americans
  • 13.2% of Hispanics
  • 12.9% of non-Hispanic blacks
  • 9.1% of Asian Americans
  • 7.6% of non-Hispanic whites 18 and older

For more information visit: OMH – Minority Health

FDA proposes updates to Nutrition Facts label on food packages

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed to update the Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease. The proposed label also would replace out-of-date serving sizes to better align with how much people really eat, and it would feature a fresh design to highlight key parts of the label such as calories and serving sizes.

To read more about the changes and to see the new label, visit:

Women and Heart Disease: a patient resource guide

Monday, February 17th, 2014

From the Office of Minority Health:

“Association of Black Cardiologists, in partnership with WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the American College of Cardiology’s CardioSource: New resource. Women and Heart Disease: A Patient Resource Guide. This workbook is designed to provide you and your loved ones with educational resources and support as you learn about cardiovascular disease and the impact it has on overall health.”

View the full workbook:

The Plain Language Report Card

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

The Plain Language Report Card grades US federal agencies on how well they are meeting the Plain Writing Act of 2010 The Center released its first report card a year from the date when the first requirement of the Plain Writing Act went into effect–July 2011.  This year, the Center evaluated more departments and independent agencies. They gave them two grades – one for compliance with the basic requirements of the Plain Writing Act, and one based on their analysis of how well their documents adhered to plain language principles. See the 2013 results.

Healthy Options Program

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Prevention Research Center for Rural Health – Provides a toolkit for rural restaurant owners to use to help people lead healthier lives through improving their diet when eating at restaurants. The toolkit includes tips for program implementation, brochure to give restaurant owners, press release information, logos and templates for window and table signs, and more!  Available here:

Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a new tool for healthcare professionals. The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to promote health literacy. It helps users select from the many patient education materials available to determine those that are easier to understand and act on. Materials that score better on the PEMAT can be distributed to patients and consumers in hard copy, placed in an electronic health record system for providers to access at the point of care, or posted on patient portals. The accompanying user’s guide provides instructions on how to use the PEMAT, and a spreadsheet file automatically calculates PEMAT scores.

Evidence-based Information and Resources for the Healthy People 2020 Topic Areas

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Provides evidence-based resources on topic areas and objectives of the Healthy People 2020 agenda for improving the Nations health.

Health Literacy Online

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Health Literacy Online Guide helps you create a user-centered health information website.  The guide teaches how to create personas, conduct prototype testing and write for health behavior change.

What does the Supplement Facts panel on a dietary supplement tell me?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

IU, mcg, mg, % Daily Value? What do they all mean? The Scoop, the consumer health newsletter of The Office of Dietary Supplements, has an article explaining how to “read” Supplement Facts panels. The article has links to resources to learn more about the labeling of dietary supplements, as well as the new Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD), a joint project of the National Library of Medicine and the Office of Dietary Supplements.

Read the article:

Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD):