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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

Health Equity Matters (newsletter)

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

From the Centers for Disease Control:

Health Equity Matters is a quarterly newsletter “intended to promote awareness of minority health and health equity work at CDC and in the broader public health community, support the achievement of our goal to eliminate health disparities, improve women’s health, support diversity and inclusion in the public health workforce, and foster ongoing communication and collaboration with our partners and the public.”

Read the current issue: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/7zeg

Public input for NLM strategic planning

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

It’s been at least a decade since the National Library of Medicine issued a long-range plan. Significant advances in biomedical informatics, data science, precision medicine, open access to biomedical information, and changes in our country’s health systems, and previous public input have informed NLM’s current strategic planning process.

That’s why NLM is requesting public input for priorities and future directions on four themes:

  1. Role of NLM in advancing data science, open science, and biomedical informatics.
  2. Role of NLM in advancing biomedical discovery and translational science.
  3. Role of NLM in supporting the public’s health: clinical systems, public health systems and services, and personal health.
  4. Role of NLM in building collections to support discovery and health in the 21st century.

To find more information and instructions on how to submit a response, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/70qb

Text adapted from https://obssr.od.nih.gov/nlm-requests-information-as-it-finalizes-its-strategic-plan/ 

AHRQ Teach-Back Strategies Help Primary Care Providers Engage Patients and Families

Friday, October 28th, 2016

To learn more about how clinicians use “teach-back” to improve communication with patients, access AHRQ’s Guide to Improving Patient Safety in Primary Care Settings by Engaging Patients. The new resource features evidence-based interventions for implementing the teach-back technique in primary care practices.  With teach-back, clinicians ask patients or family members to explain in their own words what they need to know or do. It is more than repeating what patients or family members heard—clinicians ask them to teach it back. Effective communication is a clinician’s first step to helping a patient with a health problem. The evidence-based, low-technology teach-back technique can be the gateway to better communication and better understanding, and ultimately it can improve patient outcomes. For more information, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/anop

Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit

Friday, October 28th, 2016

A variety of forces are pushing hospitals to improve their discharge processes to reduce readmissions. Researchers at the Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) developed and tested the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED). Research showed that the RED was effective at reducing readmissions and post-hospital emergency department (ED) visits. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality contracted with BUMC to develop this toolkit to assist hospitals, particularly those that serve diverse populations, to replicate the RED. In addition, there is a booklet for patients based on the RED Toolkit entitled, “Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital.”

Visit the web page to learn more: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/zyw8

 

Wrong Medicine Dosing in Children

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A NIH funded study recommends the use of an oral syringe instead of a small measuring cup when giving medicine to children. In this study, with participation of more than 2,100 parents, they found that the greatest confusion occurred when parents used dosing cups instead of oral syringes. Parents also made more errors when they looked at medication labels that only referred to teaspoons. To learn more about this research listen to the podcast with  lead author, Dr. Shonna Yin, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine at Bellevue Hospital Center. https://nnlm.gov/bhic/p86r

 

October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) https://nnlm.gov/bhic/u1q5  is promoting their free Safe to Sleep® campaign and materials including various print resources and videos for parents and professionals. Many are also available in Spanish..You can use these materials to help parents of newborns and infants learn about safe sleep positions and to raise awareness of this condition in the community. Many of these items are available for download or can be ordered at https://nnlm.gov/bhic/kxrb. For items that you can use to promote the Safe to Sleep® campaign or your outreach, check out our E-Toolkit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/lbub.

 

#LibHealthChat on Twitter

Friday, October 14th, 2016

October 25, 2016 at 2 PM EDT

Join the Office of Minority Health (@MinorityHealth) in a Twitter chat about resources and information that libraries provide in regards to health and minority communities. Use #LibHealthChat to participate.

From tweet by @MinorityHealth.

Start Planning for Health Literacy Month

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

It is not too early to plan for Health Literacy Month in October. Health Literacy Month  https://nnlm.gov/bhic/b599 is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information. Examples include communication workshops for professionals, health education programs for patients and the public, educational offerings for students at all levels or having an expert in the field speak to an organization like your public library.

 

Rural Health Research Dissemination Cooperative Agreement

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The purpose of this program is to disseminate and market rural health services research funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to diverse audiences, such as decision makers and rural stakeholders at national, state, and community levels, with the goal of informing and raising awareness of key policy issues important to rural communities. The successful applicant with develop and maintain a website and strategies to share the research. For more information, visit https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0o44.

Text adapted from the information page for this FORHP grant.

Updated Resource, Birth Control Guide

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Office of Women’s Health and the FDA have an updated resource, Birth Control Guide/Guía de Métodos Anticonceptivos. This easy-to-read chart provides information on the safety and effectiveness of FDA-approved medicines and devices for birth control. Learn more https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0skc

And to learn more about other methods of birth control, visit the Women’s Health website https://nnlm.gov/bhic/1gpv