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Building Health Literate Organizations

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

The Health Literacy Discussion List announces a new resource…

Building Health Literate Organizations: A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change describes how organizations can move forward in achieving the attributes described in the Institute of Medicine discussion paper, “Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations”. The guidebook:

  • helps health care organizations of any size engage in organizational change to become health literate.
  • complements many excellent health literacy resources, helping organizations use them effectively and reliably.

The guidebook contains chapters and a case study on key health literacy development areas that intersect with the attributes of health literate health care organizations:

  • Engaging leadership
  • Preparing the workforce
  • The care environment
  • Involving populations served
  • Verbal communication
  • Reader-friendly materials

Each chapter answers these questions:

  • Why? Why do you need to address health literacy issues in this area? Why is it important?
  • What? What would success in this area look like? What are the target outcomes? Success may include changes to process, behavior, and attitudes, as well as health outcomes.
  • How? What tools, resources, and actions will you use to reach the target outcomes?

The guidebook offers an approach that enables organizations to start where they can begin to build a pattern of success, expanding to more than one area, eventually working in all key areas for results that can be sustained.

Building Health Literate Organizations:  A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change, authored by Mary Ann Abrams, Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Audrey Riffenburgh, and Barbara Savage, is available at www.healthliterateorganization.org.

[Post originally shared on the IHA Health Literacy Discussion List, August 5, 2014]

 

 

 

Upcoming webinar: Technology Today

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Learn about technology and trends affecting you.

The first in our new quarterly webinar series, Technology Today.

September 4, 2014

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Register here.

Guest Speaker: Andrew Youngkin

Andrew Youngkin is the Emerging Technologies & Evaluation coordinator for the Southeastern Atlantic regional medical library at the University of Maryland Health Sciences & Human Services Library in Baltimore.

Ready, Set, Go!: Easy-to-use online tools to create effective “how-to” tutorials

This presentation will feature a select group of easy-to-use, (mostly) free online tools to plan and create online tutorials (aka–screencasts).

Key features of these online tutorial creation tools will be demonstrated and best practices for screen-casting, including voice-over narration and story-boarding, will be discussed.

 

 

Announcing Technology Today: A new Webinar Series

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Stephanie Friree, Outreach and Technology Coordinator

As the Technology Coordinator for the New England Region, one of my roles is to help the region’s members coordinate the integration of new technologies that improve and enhance operations and also to assist in the identification of new technologies and uses of technology that enhance the work of Member libraries. So, I have decided to offer a quarterly technology webinar series called Technology Today.

These webinars will be offered via Adobe Connect and will be recorded and posted on our website. We may invite guest speakers or I will lead the webinar.

A few ideas for topics that we will cover:

  • Demonstrate a new piece of technology or tool and discuss how the tool may help your organization
  • Discuss useful apps—both medical and non-medical—that may meet your needs
  • Showcase technology a library has implemented to generate new ideas for your organization
  • Learn how to evaluate new technology and where to seek expert advice to influence your purchasing decisions
  • Discuss cybersecurity concerns and issues for your organization, as well as for home
  • Demonstrate new tools on the market and how they can improve access to biomedical information
  • Demonstrate how to publish a newsletter using a free tool, such as WordPress
  • New developments and trends on the horizon
  • Learn how to implement 508 compliance on your organization’s website

This class is for you. Please send me ideas that you may have for topics, or if there is something specific you’d like us to focus on. Please email: Stephanie.friree@umassmed.edu

An announcement will be made 2- 4 weeks in advance of each webinar and posted on out training calendar, with the first one scheduled for September 4, 2014 at 11:00 am.

Upcoming webinars:

December, 2014

March, 2015

June, 2015

Dates and times are TBD based on the topic and potential guest schedules.

 

NIH News in Health, August Issue

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Check out the August issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.  This month includes news about recognizing life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, surviving sepsis, and mind/body therapy for fibromyalgia.

Click here to download a PDF version for printing.  You can order a limited number of print copies free of charge for display in offices, libraries of clinics.  Just email or call (301) 402-7337 for more information.

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