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Toolkit: Health Literacy and Health Insurance Literacy

Friday, January 30th, 2015

[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.

Highlights:

  • 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 mserafini@allhealth.org 202/789-2300

Produced with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Save the Date: Science Boot Camp

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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 donna.kafel@umassmed.edu

 

 

Disaster Distress Helpline

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

[SAMSHA Press Release]

A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 can provide immediate counseling to anyone who needs help in dealing with the problems related to the severe snow storms in the Northeastern US.  The Helpline is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services.

“When disaster strikes, people react with increased anxiety, worry and anger. With community and family support, most of us bounce back. Some may need extra assistance to cope with unfolding events and uncertainties,” said SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde. “People seeking emotional help in the aftermath of a disaster can now call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 and begin the process of recovery.”

The Disaster Distress Helpline is a national hotline dedicated to providing disaster crisis counseling. The toll-free Helpline is confidential and multilingual and available for those who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of natural or man-made disasters, incidents of mass violence or any other tragedy affecting America’s communities. The Helpline complements the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other disaster response capacities, and is available immediately anywhere within the United States.

The helpline can also be accessed at http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/ and TTY for deaf and hearing impaired: 1-800-846-8517.

For more information, contact the SAMHSA Press Office at 240-276-2130.

MLA seeks new MLA News Editor

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Looking for a chance to participate in MLA activities? Interested in keeping MLA members informed about professional opportunities, association projects, and resources relevant to health information professionals? If so, consider applying to be the next MLA News editor!

Current MLA News editor Laurie L. Thompson, AHIP, FMLA, will complete her term in May 2015.  A search committee is accepting applications through February 23, 2015, from MLA members who are interested in serving in this volunteer position.

For the full description go to https://www.mlanet.org/publications/news/call.html

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume or CV, and three references via email to Elizabeth Lund, staff liaison to the search committee.

Please feel free to contact search committee members with questions: Jason Alden Bengtson, AHIP, Daniel Burgard, Melissa De Santis, AHIP, Beverly Murphy, AHIP, Meredith I. Solomon, AHIP, or Elizabeth Lund.

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