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Informed Consent and Health Literacy: A Workshop

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

When: July 28, 2014 (8:30 AM Eastern)

Where:  Washington, DC or via webinar

The Institute of Medicine, Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold its next workshop, Informed Consent and Health Literacy, on July 28, 2014 at The National Academies Keck Center, Room 100. The workshop will feature presentations on the effect of regulatory requirements on health literate communications and ways to meet the requirements in a health literate manner. The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Registration to attend the workshop in-person or via webcast will open soon under, Attend this Meeting. Walk-ins are welcome, but we do ask that you please take time to register. Thank you!  [Announcement from IOM]

Learn more about the Informed Consent and Health Literacy Workshop and register for the meeting.

 

Health Literacy in Practice: Writing and Instructing in Plain Language

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Interested to learn more about health literacy?  Check out this Continuing Education Class at the NAHSL Annual Conference in beautiful Rockport, Maine.

Health Literacy in Practice: Writing and Instructing in Plain Language

 This course first covers the basics of health literacy and writing in plain language (level: beginning). Following the basics, the course delves deeper into health literacy techniques and applications with a concentration on plain language in informed consent (level: intermediate). The workshop begins with a PowerPoint lecture on basic concepts of health literacy. A lecture with a handout for participants to follow on creating patient handouts is next. Using sample handouts the participants will do several hands-on activities to practice their new skills. The second half will cover numeracy and Teach-back technique, followed by the of health literacy in the informed consent process. It will be a “train the trainer” session in which participants will learn how to instruct clinicians and researchers in the use of plain language in informed consent, both verbal and written. A PowerPoint lecture with sample informed consent language will be presented and examined. Small groups will be formed to reformulate “legalese” and “medspeak” into patient-readable language for the informed consent process. The workshop will conclude with participants sharing their experience with health literacy and listing at least four ways that librarians can use this expertise in their health care institutions. Workshop will use slides, lecture, discussion, hand-on exercises, sharing and videos.

Nancy Goodwin is the director of the Library & Knowledge Services Department at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT.  She has chaired the Patient Family Education Committee since 2009, working to make the principles of health literacy a part of every patient interaction.

Margo Coletti is the director of Knowledge Services, a division of Information Systems at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where she has worked since 1981. Margo teaches clinicians and researchers at BIDMC how to integrate Plain Language principles and practices into the Informed Consent process.

Learn more about the NAHSL Annual Conference and register for continuing education classes.

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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