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Informed Consent Training Available for Health Professionals and Leaders

Many individuals do not understand the benefits, harms, and risks of treatment, even after signing a consent form. This raises patient safety and liability concerns, and runs counter to person-centered care. AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) has developed two interactive training modules that teach clear, comprehensive, engaging communication strategies that hospitals and clinical teams can use to ensure that people understand the benefits, harms, and risks of their alternatives, including the option of not having any treatment. AHRQ has also developed an implementation guide to provide guidance for implementing the training modules using a quality improvement (QI) approach. To access more information and a link to the free training, please see:

Communicating About Food in Culturally Sensitive Ways

A “Health Literacy Out Loud” podcast is available in which Janet Ohene-Frempong, MS, a plain language and cross-cultural communications consultant and Helen Osbourne discuss:

  • Communicating about food in a multicultural world and why this matters today.
  • Issues to consider such as whether foods are available, affordable, convenient, appropriate, and familiar.
  • Examples of respectful and inclusive ways to communicate about food and why doing so is not only appropriate but also can be deeply satisfying and gratifying.

Additional resources are also provided. Please see:


Protect Yourself from Health Scams

The National Institute on Aging has information on protecting yourself from health scams, particularly for older adults as they are often targeted. Today, there are more ways than ever to sell untested products—online, TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers are just a few examples. Actors portray doctors and patients on infomercials. You might even get an email urging you to try a product. It can be hard to tell what’s an ad. The problem is serious. Untested remedies may be harmful. They may get in the way of medicines prescribed by your doctor. They may be expensive and a waste of money. And, sometimes, using these products keeps people from getting the medical treatment they need. Learn more here:


Healthy People 2020 Midcourse Review Infographics

The National Center for Health Statistics has created a new report and infographics to show the progress in meeting the objectives of Healthy People 2020 and an assessment of health disparities. Chapters are organized by topic and are individually downloadable: Interactive infographics are also available to show progress and work needed:

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit in Spanish

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has translated their Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit into Spanish. The toolkit Equips health care providers, communities and local governments with material to develop practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Learn more and download the free toolkit here:

New CDC Series on Rural Health Topics

Throughout 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will highlight rural healthcare issues in a special series of the  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Covered so far are the leading causes of death in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and health-related behaviors classified by county. Upcoming topics may include chronic diseases, healthy behaviors, reproductive health, injuries and exposures, and agriculture safety and health. See the MMWR Rural Health Series here:

Endometriosis: Resources

Endometriosis is a disease that can cause pain, infertility and heavy, painful periods among women. Although treatments such as surgery and medication can limit symptoms, there is no cure.

MedlinePlus has information on diagnosis, treatment, current research and other resources for teenagers and adults living with endometriosis.

Endometriosis (MedlinePlus):

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: Tox Town

Tox Town, an interactive environmental health website from the National Library of Medicine, has a plain language page on carbon monoxide: what it is, human health consequences, and how to prevent poisoning. Using the scenes in Tox Town, users can view locations and occupations where carbon monoxide can be found.

Tox Town is available in English and Spanish.

Carbin Monoxide (Tox Town):

NNLM offers health information training for all

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine offers webinars on health information resources for health professionals and the public. Online training is available for free and is open to anyone.

Upcoming topics include: nutrition information, genetics resources, health information for older adults, and National Library of Medicine toxicology resources. Whether you work in health care, a community based organization, public health or a library, you will find topics of interest.

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Free Health e-Newsletter from Johns Hopkins

This monthly e-newsletter will provide health information and insight from Johns Hopkins experts. Each issue features information on common health topics and interests, health tips, patient stories, updates in medical research and clinical trials, upcoming events, a healthy recipe, and more. Sign up at