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A Second Life for Wearable Activity Trackers

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

[Guest post by Lisa Gualtieri]

I was given a Fitbit and, in tiny print on the package insert, it said to recycle responsibly. It turns out that there is really no way to do that – even wine corks can be recycled but not wearables. My exploration of this led me in many directions, including The Product Stewardship Institute and the complicated recycling websites of many cities and towns. My conclusion to date is that most wearables are thrown in a drawer. As a researcher, I wanted to learn more so I have a survey at http://goo.gl/forms/AyftXiB7N6  which I would be most grateful if you take and pass along to friends and colleagues. The incentive is a drawing for an Apple Watch.

The other side of this research is that I am curious how wearables can help people who want or need to increase their fitness but don’t know about them or can’t afford them. I have pilots planned with the YMCA of Central MA in Fitchburg and I hope to either receive a donation of wearables for the pilot or use reburbished ones we collect as part of http://RecycleHealth.com.

The survey is a helpful way of learning about feasibility of this!

I want to conclude by saying that one of invitations I most enjoyed was to present a keynote on The Future of Consumer Health to the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association in Richmond in 2011. I love this picture of “Girls with Pearls” – my pearls were a loan for the picture. Would “Women with Wearables” have the same charm?

Girls with Pearls

Guest post by:
Lisa Gualtieri, PhD, ScM
Assistant Professor
Tufts University School of Medicine
Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Email: lisa.gualtieri@tufts.edu

Twitter: http://twitter.com/lisagualtieri
Blog on health: http://lisagualtieri.com

Certificate in Digital Health Communication

7th Tufts Summer Institute on Digital Strategies for Health Communication offered July 19-24, 2015

Learning Self-Advocacy Skills to Navigate the Healthcare System

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

[Guest post by Beverly Doolan and Ashley Conley]

Using video as a teaching medium is one way to reach low literacy audiences and to engage community members in a visual learning opportunity. Developed by the Greater Nashua Public Health Region’s (GNPHR) Access to Health Care workgroup, the “My Health. My Care.” video series and toolkit provide simple tools for navigating healthcare systems. The series was locally produced, and included participation from the area’s two acute care hospitals and other major medical providers, local public libraries, community members, United Way, Marketplace Assistance groups and other supportive service organizations. The project includes four 5-7 minute videos that discuss communicating with healthcare providers, insurance, billing, how to prepare for medical appointments and how to stay healthy. Healthcare providers from regional healthcare partners are featured in the videos. Educational materials were developed to accompany the videos including a brochure that highlights key concepts from the videos, templates for organizations that would like to hold a film screening and a health resources flier for the greater Nashua area. The toolkit of all materials is available on the City of Nashua website so that other regions can use or adapt the materials for their area: http://bit.ly/MyHealthMyCare

MyHealthMyCare

 

Community impact of the videos has been positive, as evidenced by participant responses to nine screening events held as part of the project’s distribution strategy. For example, 98% of survey participants agreed the videos were easy to understand and 96% agreed the videos and materials showed options for what to do when they don’t understand a healthcare service or bill. 97% agreed that the videos provided suggestions to improve communications with healthcare providers. A majority of participants indicated they learned new terms. In encouraging viewers to connect with good resources for finding additional information, the series promotes use of local libraries as well as the NLM Medline Plus website. Approximately 60% of surveyed participants were not aware of the Medline Plus website before watching the videos.

MyHealthMyCare2

RFI for Health Disparities Research

Monday, June 8th, 2015

 Soliciting Input into the NIH Science Vision for Health Disparities Research

Do you want to help shape the course of health disparities research for the next decade?

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is seeking comments on key research areas that should be addressed in the “development of a transformational health disparities agenda.”

Comments from stakeholders and the public are welcome. Comments are due July 31, 2015

Request for Information: http://1.usa.gov/1QzNgYr

Community Engagement with NLM Resources

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

If you are going to MLA in Texas, we hope you will come to the NLM Theater (in the exhibit hall) for the presentation on Community Engagement with National Library of Medicine Resources.  Michelle is co-presenting with Brenda Linares from UNC Chapel Hill.

We would love to have librarians attend who have led health information outreach projects.  We’ll have time for discussion and interaction during the presentation.  Hope you can join us!

Times:  Sunday, May 17th from 1-1:20 PM and on Tuesday, May 19th  from 12 – 12:20 PM

Hope to see you there!

Michelle Eberle, Health Literacy Coordinator
NN/LM NER

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