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Your Own Health Literacy CME/CNE Program

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Would you like to offer a health literacy CME/CNE program? Michelle Eberle would like to share materials she created for a CME program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth. She’ll provide you with a presentation description and objectives to apply for CME at your hospital. Then, she’ll walk you through her slides and share tips for how you can customize the program. Following the webinar, Michelle will provide you with the slides for your own use.

Date:  March 4, 2015 from 2-3 PM

Register to attend the webinar by March 3, 2015.

 

For your reference, here is the description of the Health Literacy CME and objectives:

What Every Health Care Provider Needs to Know about Health Literacy

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Health literacy is a hot topic with many practical techniques for both providers and patients to improve the quality of the health care experience. Learn about ways to empower patients to obtain, communicate, process and understand basic health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions. The presenter will discuss the latest trends and resources in the health literacy field. Attendees will learn about strategies for health care professionals from the National Action Plan for Health Literacy as well as other major health literacy initiatives.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of this CME activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Define health literacy and discuss the latest trends.
  • Understand each part of the definition of health literacy and leave equipped with resources to support patients to obtain, communicate, process and understand basic health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions.
  • Use Universal Precautions to assume that everyone may have difficulty understanding and
  • creating an environment where patients of all literacy levels can thrive.
  • Describe strategies for health care professionals from the National Action Plan for Health Literacy.

 

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

Discussion Paper: Health Literacy Principles

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Health Literacy Principles: Guidance for Making Information Understandable, Useful, and Navigable

Description from IOM:  Research documents that most people in the United States cannot understand or use the complex information needed for managing their health and effectively using health care services. We believe it is critical to take a health-literate approach to solving this problem, that is, to align system demands and complexities with individual skills and abilities. For the past two decades, we worked to advance research, teaching, and practices that systematically address improving health literacy. In this piece, we offer a synthesis of the principles we follow to create health information that is better aligned with the skills and abilities of those using that information. We then offer links to examples of materials where these principles guided the development and presentation of information.

TBT: Health Literacy Webinar

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Throwback Thursday:  Check out this excellent webinar by our former Healthy Communities COI Leader, Deb Clark.

Creating an Effective Health Information Handout

Date: October 10, 2012, 2- 3 PM
Hosted by the Healthy Communities COI
Guest Speaker: Deborah Clark, Stephens Memorial Hospital, NN/LM NER Healthy Communities COI Leader

Learn how to create an effective health information handout. Our Healthy Communities, Community of Interest Leader, Deb Clark, will teach you the basics, using plain language principles and document design. She will also share examples of easy-to-read materials for you to use as models for your own handouts. Learn skills that will help you play a greater role in patient education at your hospital or organization. This is a two-part program. Between October and December, participants will create their own handouts with support from mentors and peers. On December 12th (2012), participants can share their handouts and further explore plain language, easy-to-read materials, and design techniques

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