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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.

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.

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