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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]

 

 

 

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.

NIH News in Health, July Issue

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Check out the July issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.  Topics featured this month include:  sun exposure, food safety, and physical activity for seniors.

Health Statistics Project Participants

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Congratulations to NER’s health statistics book discussion project participants! Nine New England Region librarians were accepted to participate in the project. This project is an exciting opportunity to play an important role to teach how to see through the hype of health news reporting, know what questions to ask, and learn how to understand statistics.  We are very excited that the authors of Know Your Chances: Understanding Health Statistics, Stephen Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz, will collaborate with us. This project is hosted by the Healthy Communities COI.

Project participants include:

  • Donna Belcinski, Greenwich Hospital, Connecticut
  • Maureen Dunn, Concord Hospital Library, New Hampshire
  • Joanne Doucette, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Library
  • Jeannine Gluck, ECHN Library, Connecticut
  • Jane Kearns, Hartness Library, CCV/VTC, Vermont
  • Barbara Keef, Windham Public Library, Maine
  • Lauren Olewnick, Castleton State College Library, Vermont
  • Margaret Perkins, Medway Public Library, Massachusetts
  • Stacy Wein, Copley Hospital Library, Vermont

Participants will collaborate with the authors to create book discussion materials and then lead a book discussion in their community. The book is available in PubMed Health.

In March, NER hosted a webinar presented by the authors.  You can view the recording.

Margot Malachowski, the NER’s Healthy Communities COI Leader, and I are coordinating the project together.  We also plan to host the book discussion in our communities.

Project participants will author an article together to disseminate the results.

~Michelle Eberle
Health Literacy and Community Engagement Coordinator

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