The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region invites you to attend a free workshop for librarians and others interested to learn more about health literacy.
Keynote Speaker: Helen Osborne, http://www.healthliteracy.com/
Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014 (snow date: December 5)
Location: University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:15 PM
Bring a colleague! We encourage you to invite a current or potential health literacy project partner.
Continental breakfast (9 – 9:30 AM)
Health Literacy: What It Is, Why It Matters, How You Can Help (9:30 AM -11 AM)
Helen Osborne will present an overview about health literacy, highlighting not only what it is and why it matters but also how health science librarians and their clinical colleagues can help. The goal is for participants to gain a clearer understanding about the importance of health literacy and an eagerness to explore ways of taking action. Topics include:
- What health literacy is and why it matters in treatment and care.
- Six factors that can affect an individual’s health understanding.
- Best practices and practical strategies to improve health literacy.
Conversation with Librarians about Health Literacy (11:15 AM – 12:15 PM)
Explore how librarians contribute to health literacy. Michelle Eberle will highlight strategies for librarians and information professionals outlined in the National Action Plan for Health Literacy. Helen Osborne will facilitate a conversation with three librarians with expertise in providing health literacy services. Speakers include:
- Irena Bond, Library Manager, Blais Family Library, MCPHS University
- Margo Coletti, Director IS/ Knowledge Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Anne Conner, Director, Gale Medical Library, Littleton Regional Healthcare
- Nancy Goodwin, Director, Library and Knowledge Services, Middlesex Hospital
Lunch (12:15 – 1 PM) Book signing with Helen Osborne author of, Health Literacy from A-Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message
Take action: Be a Health Literacy Hero (1 PM – 2:15 PM)
In this dynamic session, Helen Osborne will lead a series of activities designed to help participants move from general health literacy know-how to specific and realistic action planning. Topics include:
- Identifying key concepts heard, learned, or introduced to today.
- Brainstorming effective and practical ways to improve health understanding.
- Overcoming obstacles when putting health literacy into practice.
- Identifying at least one action to take as a result of today’s conference. In other words, finding ways to be a Health Literacy Hero.
About Helen Osborne:
Helen is the president of Health Literacy Consulting based in Natick, Massachusetts. She produces and hosts the Health Literacy Out Loud podcast. She is also the founder of Health Literacy Month – a worldwide campaign to raise awareness about the importance of understandable health information. Helen’s award-winning book, Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message is considered by many as the most important health literacy reference today.
Details: Parking vouchers and lunch will be provided.
Travel reimbursement: We can fund travel expenses for several librarians. If you are interested to apply for travel reimbursement, please send Michelle Eberle a letter about your interest in the event, how you will apply what you learn, and your reimbursement request (# of miles and if you need a hotel).
Sponsored by: the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region’s Health Literacy Community of Interest and the Peters Health Sciences Library at Rhode Island Hospital
Conference Planners: Anne-Marie Kaminsky and Michelle Eberle