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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

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):

Health Literacy Resources

Friday, October 11th, 2013

October is National Health Literacy Month. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Title V, defines health literacy as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.

Every day, people confront situations that involve life-changing decisions about their health. These decisions are made in places such as grocery and drug stores, workplaces, playgrounds, doctors’ offices, clinics and hospitals, and around the kitchen table. Obtaining, communicating, processing, and understanding health information and services are essential steps in making appropriate health decisions; however, research indicates that today’s health information is presented in ways that are not usable by most adults. “Limited health literacy” occurs when people can’t find and use the health information and services they need.

For some resources on health literacy, visit the following links:

Full CDC Health Literacy page:

Medical Library Association–Deciphering Medspeak:

Health Literacy Month website:

Virginia Adult ESOL Health Literacy Toolkit

Monday, September 30th, 2013

The Virginia Adult ESOL Health Literacy Toolkit <> was created by a hospital social worker and ESOL educator. This toolkit can help ESOL educators and others involved in health literacy to better understand and address the health  literacy challenges encountered by adult English language learners in U.S. healthcare.

The toolkit includes:

  • Reproducible lesson plans and teaching materials on high-interest, hard-to-teach health topics
  • Easy-to-read resources on using US health care for English language learners to access directly
  • Explanations of health literacy terms, concepts, and issues as they relate to English language learners
  • Resources for understanding and explaining US health care to English language learners
  • Case studies to see the issues in action
  • Resources and tips for accessing affordable care
  • Examples and how-to’s for engaging in interdisciplinary health literacy projects
  • And more!

National Parkinson Foundation Launches Spanish and Low Health Literacy Versions of Free Hospitalization Kit

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The National Parkinson Foundation, partnering with five Centers of Excellence, has announced a new initiative to protect, prepare and empower people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) during hospital stays, where they face greater risk. The Foundation will provide free hospitalization kits in a low health literacy version and a Spanish language version. The new kits will include: a guide to prepare the PD patient for a planned or an emergency hospital visit, a medical alert card and a medication form to fill out and share with hospital staff.

Building Health Literacy: Essential Steps and Practical Solutions

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

The Essential Hospitals Engagement Network (EHEN) presents a free Webinar: “Building Health Literacy: Essential Steps and Practical Solutions.” This event will describe the implications of low health literacy and discuss tools to improve patient education and ensure appropriate coordination across health care settings. Slides will be available after the webinar at the EHEN website. October 10, 2013, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET.

Addressing the Disparities in Those Using Patient Portals

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

From the medical blog at, Zackary Berger, faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, reminds us consider access to patient portals in our move to increase patient engagement and improve EHR systems.  Berger states: “If we do not somehow make these portals widely available, without disparities or inequities, we risk doing what doctors have always done: thrust health interventions at their patients without regard for accessibility or patient-centeredness, and then act cynical or walk away when patients do not snap it up with alacrity.”

Health Insurance Marketplace: Communication Toolkit for Health Agencies

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

During October 1, 2013–March 31, 2014, millions of Americans will be able to enroll for health insurance. The US Department of Health and Human Services has launched the Health Insurance Marketplace ( to make it easier for citizens to compare health coverage options and find plans that meet their needs and fit their budgets.

The CDC has a Communication Toolkit to help spread information about the Health Insurance Marketplace and how to enroll.  The toolkit has strategies for using various social media accounts, web graphics, banners, content for presentations and newsletters, and many more resources!  View the toolkit here:

ChooseMyPlate e-newsletters

Friday, August 23rd, 2013 offers many helpful e-newsletters. Register for the e-newsletters at:

The ChooseMyPlate e-newsletters include resources for educators, teachers, health care professionals and community leaders. Consumer e-newsletters are available for dieters, pregnant and breastfeeding women, in Spanish, and by age. A Tip of the Day e-newsletter provides daily helpful reminders for a healthy diet.

“Your food and physical activity choices each day affect your health — how you feel today, tomorrow, and in the future.” (Choose My Plate)

Choose My Plate: