[Press Release from Alliance for Health Reform]
Despite new private insurance coverage over the past year, many people do not understand the very terms and concepts necessary to make informed choices, according to recent studies. A new Alliance for Health Reform Toolkit, “Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy: Do Consumers Know What they are Buying?” addresses the extent and significance of both health literacy and health insurance literacy for Americans buying and using health insurance.
- Nearly nine out of ten adults have difficulty using health information to make informed decisions about their health
- Half of Americans don’t understand such basic health insurance terms as premium, deductible and copay
- Thirty-seven percent of marketplace enrollees did not know their deductible, and 47 percent of those receiving subsidies did not know the amount of federal assistance they were getting.
- The cost of low health literacy in the United States currently represents between 7 percent and 17 percent of all personal health care expenditures.
The Toolkit includes:
- An overview of problems associated with health literacy as well as studies analyzing their impact.
- Links to reports and news articles explaining and analyzing the issue
- Contact information for leading experts on the issue
Contact: Marilyn Serafini firstname.lastname@example.org 202/789-2300
Produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This year’s New England Science Boot Camp will be held June 17-19 on the lovely campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Selection of this year’s science session topics has not been finalized, but will be announced in February. In addition to the three science sessions, this year’s boot camp will feature an evening presentation on the History of Science and a hands-on Capstone activity in which boot campers will work collaboratively to create data management plans from actual research cases.
This year Science Boot Campers can opt to arrive early on Tuesday evening or stay an additional night on Friday (at additional cost) to enjoy the sights and activities in the Bowdoin area. A tour of Bowdoin’s Coastal Center on Orr’s Island will be available to campers who opt to stay later on Friday.
Are you going to SLA in Boston? Consider heading up to boot camp afterwards! Brunswick is the gateway to mid-coast Maine and is an easy three hour drive from Boston. Public transportation is also an option, via Greyhound bus or the Amtrak Downeaster. Each provide daily service from Boston to Brunswick.
Registration for Science Boot Camp will open April 9th and will be announced via e-mail, the e-Science Community blog, and on Twitter @NERescience. For further questions, please contact Donna Kafel, at email@example.com
The Specialized Information Services Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB) manages and develops programs to eliminate disparities in health information access. OSPB achieves their mission by providing community outreach support, by training health professionals on NLM’s health information databases, and by designing websites that discuss the concerns of various racial and ethnic groups.
As OSPB reimagines our NLM-OSP-L Listserv, we will continue to share NLM/NIH funding opportunities of interest to health professionals and public health workers dedicated to health information outreach.
NLM supports a wide variety of research-related programs:
For example, the NIH’s Resource Grants include Education Projects (R25). R25 codes indicate programs that promote an appreciation for and interest in biomedical research, provide additional training in specific areas, and/or to develop ways to disseminate scientific discovery into public health and community applications.
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