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Health Literate Organizations

While we promote health literacy for patients and consumers (http://nnlm.gov/outreach/consumer/hlthlit.html), we should also take the opportunity to reach out to the decision makers and planners in our institutions to help them become health literate. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) published a discussion paper earlier this year describing the “Attributes of a Health Literate Organization.” As institutions make decisions about how to help patients become more literate about their health care, librarians can aid in the process by sharing information with various groups in the institution. This can be an excellent opportunity to shine as a crucial player in the healthcare decision making process and also market your library to key stake holders. Please take a moment to read the document from the IOM to see how you can help your partners in health care increase their health literacy. For more information, please contact the RML @ 800-338-7657 (choice number 1 on menu) or dmidyette@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

IOM Link: http://iom.edu/Global/Perspectives/2012/Attributes.aspx        

 

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