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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

Back to School Time

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Check out MedlinePlus’s topic on School Health  < > for the latest news and information. One new resource from the CDC is Helping Your Child Manage Diabetes at School. See related topics on bullying, child safety and college health.

Start Planning for Health Literacy Month

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

It is not too early to plan for Health Literacy Month in October. Health Literacy Month <> is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. Examples include communication workshops for professionals, health education programs for patients and the public, educational offerings for students at all levels or having an expert in the field speak to your organization.

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

From the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners Summer Newsletter <>

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners is releasing four new brochures on the following topics:

  • Caring for Your Child
  • Communications
  • Coordinating Your Care
  • Staying Healthy

They have made these brochures easier to understand and read for the general public. Print copies and online versions of the brochures will be available by August for providers, health plans and other groups to distribute in hard copy or post on their websites. Contact for details.

Not Just the Baby Blues: Screening Can Help Address Postpartum Depression

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

From the Advice Column of Dr. Carolyn Clancy<>

According to 2010 Federal data more babies are born in July, August and September. Dr. Clancy reviews the signs and symptoms of major depression and discusses what you can do to get help for yourself or someone you know.

Webinar: Lessons Learned from Early Outreach and Enrollment Projects

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

From Families USA:

Open enrollment in the new health care benefits available under the Affordable Care Act begins October 1. Engaging communities and uninsured stakeholders now is key to ensuring the success of enrollment efforts. Community groups, faith communities, health care providers, and advocacy organizations are busy making plans for outreach and education. Families USA next Health Action webinar will feature a discussion with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Health Care Workers about the results of two pilot outreach projects. Both projects tested and evaluated effective methods for reaching, educating, and engaging target communities about health care coverage options.

Webinar: Lessons Learned from Early Outreach and Enrollment ProjectsWednesday, August 21, 20132:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT – 3:00 p.m. ET/12:00 p.m. PT

Click here to register:

Planned Parenthood will discuss the two canvass pilot projects they conducted in Detroit, Michigan, and Dallas, Texas, from May to June, which tested messaging and enrollment best practices related to the Affordable Care Act. They will present their results and the lessons they learned.

SEIU will discuss the pilot program they ran in south Los Angeles, California, which focused on determining the obstacles that consumers face to getting health coverage and methods to find, screen, and enroll people in health coverage.

There is a lot of work to be done between now and October 1 to make sure we are ready for open enrollment. We hope you can join us for this important conversation that can inform your outreach and enrollment plans and goals.

New Health Literacy Guide from the World Health Organization

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

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.

CommunicateHealth’s e-newsletter

Friday, July 26th, 2013

CommunicateHealth just announced their weekly e-newsletter, We (heart) Health Literacy. The newsletter features practical health literacy tips and tricks. Sign up at:

Health information for Veterans

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

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:


VA eHealth University (VEHU)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Promotes collaboration between clinical staff, developers, and informatics staff to ensure VA resources are utilized whenever possible. Online training is available through the MyVeHU Campus where providers can view free, on-demand learning broadcasts regarding health care delivery to veterans in rural areas. Available here:


Kaiser Family Foundation releases a new animated video about the Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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 <>

New from the Joint Commission: Speak-up Follow-Up Care

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

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. <>