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New Knowledge Path from MCH Library

Monday, September 15th, 2014

[Shared on behalf of Susan Brune Lorenzo, MLS @ MCH Library at Georgetown University]

Health and Wellness for Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions Knowledge Path

The Women’s Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH Library) at Georgetown University, both of whom are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), released a new knowledge path, Health and Wellness for Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions.  The knowledge path aims to bridge the public health and mental health information needs of professionals on approaches to promoting optimal health and wellness for women of childbearing age who experience a mental, emotional, or behavioral health condition. The knowledge path covers topics relevant to health promotion and disease prevention for all women, and specifically for women with mental and behavioral health disorders. Topics include: reproductive and maternal health, intentional injury, chronic conditions, healthy behaviors, and health disparities. Contents include websites, distance!

learning tools, reports, data and statistics, journal articles and other literature and research, and guides on related topics. The knowledge path is available at http://www.mchlibrary.org/KnowledgePaths/kp_WISH.html

A separate brief presents resources for women and their families. The brief is available at http://www.mchlibrary.org/families/frb_WISH.html

We welcome your comments and would appreciate your help in sharing this information with your colleagues via your website, social media, or e-news services.

 

Health Happens in Libraries

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Health Happens in Libraries: Looking Ahead to 2015 Open Enrollment

Public libraries played an active role in the initial enrollment in the federal health insurance marketplace that led to over eight million people receiving health care coverage. With the next open enrollment period coming up (November 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015), there are more opportunities for libraries to collaborate with local partners to provide health information outreach and education in their communities.

In this webinar, you’ll get an overview of objectives and resources for the 2015 open enrollment period from representatives from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). You’ll learn about the Coverage to Care initiative, which supports individuals in learning how to utilize health coverage, and review opportunities to connect community members to marketplace information through library service priorities and partnerships.

Moderated by: WebJunction

Presented by:
•Lynne G. Johnson, Deputy Group Director, Partner Relations Group, Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
•Cara V. James, PhD, Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
•Julie Kuchta, Consumer Health Coordinator, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Date: September 24, 2014
Start time: 2:00 Eastern / 11:00 Pacific

Tweet: #wjwebinar and #libs4health

Registration Information

[Announcement from WebJuntion]

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.

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