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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

Family as Medical Interpreters

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Using a qualified medical interpreter, and not a family member or other substitute, is a vital part of good medical care. Here is an informative video, including  vignettes, produced by UCLA Health Interpreter Services which can be used to illustrate the importance of using professional interpreters:

Choosing a Hospital Just Got Easier

Friday, April 24th, 2015

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has made the process of choosing a hospital easier on their Hospital Compare site by adding star ratings for patients’ experience of care. The ratings are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), which has been in use since 2006 to measure patients’ perspectives of hospital care.

How to Assess the Effectiveness of ACA Outreach and Education Efforts (webinar)

Monday, April 13th, 2015

From Community Science

“Join Community Science for a Webinar: “How to Assess the Effectiveness of ACA Outreach and Education Efforts” on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 2:30pm – 4:00pm EDT.  This webinar will provide practical strategies to assess outreach and education efforts used to inform difficult to reach, racially and ethnically diverse populations on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  In addition, this webinar will provide organizations that are conducting, funding, or planning, ACA outreach and education to racially and ethnically diverse populations with insights on assessing the reach and effectiveness of those activities. The webinar will focus on lessons learned from an evaluation conducted by Community Science.”


Assessing Patient Health Information Needs for Developing Consumer Health IT Tools (webinar)

Monday, April 13th, 2015

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

“As the development of consumer health IT tools becomes increasingly commonplace, methods for analyzing their personal health information management needs must become an embedded component of the design lifecycle. The projects presented in this Web conference will discuss the identification of users’ personal health information management practices and the context in which these practices occur to inform the development of consumer health IT tools to improve communication of safety concerns of hospitalized patients and effective health management of patients with diabetes and children with asthma.”

Thursday, May 7 1:30-3:00 pm ET

For more information and to register:

People with Low Incomes Say They Pay a Price in Poor Health

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A National Public Radio story discusses the differences in perceptions in what affects health for those with low incomes vs. those with higher incomes. Some factors are bad housing, low-paying jobs and unemployment, which can harm health status and increase the odds of developing stress-related health conditions.  


Best and Worst Hospital Rankings Often Conflict, Confuse Consumers

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A Health Affairs study finds measurements for hospital quality rating systems rarely come to the same conclusions. This can lead to consumer confusion. Consumers need to be aware of the potential limitations of hospital rankings in order to make informed choices.


WebMD Knows Best?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

An interesting article on how the digital era is changing the way consumers make medical decisions and sorting out the good information from the irrelevant or bad. Even though people are doing more online research, which is influencing medical decisions, the information found is often not discussed with our doctors. This article discusses the importance of integrating what we find with our office visits so that context and expertise needed to interpret those findings are part of the medical decision-making process.


Learn about the CDC’s Health Literacy Tools

Friday, March 20th, 2015

A few months ago, CDC redesigned its health literacy website to increase access to a number of tools and trainings. These solutions were designed to help you to produce accurate, accessible and actionable health information, whether you’re new to health literacy or a seasoned veteran.

John Parmer, Health Communication Specialist in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC) will lead a live tour of the website. John has helped to coordinate health literacy activities across the agency. In that role, he was involved in the launch of the Clear Communication Index as a research-based tool.

*   Two digital tours will be offered of and Clear Communication Widget in partnership with Appalachian Community Cancer Network, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region,  Heath Care Improvement Foundation and Regional Health Literacy Coalition.

*   Chose the time that best suits you. There will be two tours. The first is on Tuesday, March 24 at 10 am (EST) and the second is on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 pm (EST).

Free registration for either time:

The Good Nutrition Reading List

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

In observance of National Nutrition Month March 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published an online guide that identifies and describes books and websites that provide timely and scientifically-based nutrition information you can trust.

This is not a comprehensive list but a good place to start to find reliable information. Categories include: child and teen nutrition, diabetes, food sensitivities, nutrition and lifestyle and special needs.

Colorectal Cancer: Resources

Monday, March 16th, 2015

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. and MedlinePlus have resources for preventing colorectal cancer and encouraging people to get screened.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (

Colorectal Cancer (MedlinePlus): (multiple languages available)