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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

#RuralHealthChat: Rural Health Literacy

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Chat with health literacy experts on Twitter using #RuralHealthChat on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11am CT.  Check out RHIhub’s Rural Health Literacy Twitter Chat page for more information.

Rural Health Literacy #RuralHealthChat Twitter Chat with @RuralHealthInfo on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11am Central, Co-hosts Dr. Elwood (NIH), R.V. Rikard (Michigan State University), and Dr. Hadden (UAMS Center for Health Literacy)

Know the Science

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

There is a lot of misinformation out there—from anecdotes disguised as evidence to excessive claims made by supplement manufacturers to TV doctors touting the latest “miracle cure.” The NIH National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) provides links to information, videos, and interactive tools to assist better understanding of complex scientific topics that relate to health research so that you can be discerning about what you hear and read and make well-informed decisions about your health at

Familias en Acción course and guide

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Familias en Acción is a Latino-serving community based-organization that delivers culturally specific training for health professionals and health education for the Latino community. It has multiple professional development opportunities available:

Care of Latinos with Serious Illnesses: A Palliative Approach, a free online course for Nursing Students

This short, four module course gives participants an important grounding in culturally sensitive issues that can arise in interactions with patients and families with low health literacy. The result will help you and your organization better serve your Latino patients and their families with serious illnesses, leading to improved health outcomes.

Implementation Guide for Community Partnership Model: Improving Health Outcomes by Linking Community-based Community Health Workers with Health Systems

This guide discusses the rationale and describes the steps to implement a working partnership between Health Systems and Community Based Organizations – from planning through implementation, using the partnership between Familias en Acción and Kaiser Permanente Northwest as an example.

Text adapted from Familias en Acción website and releases

Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients data science research grants

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients (R01) (PAR-17-159)

The National Library of Medicine seeks applications for novel informatics and data science approaches that can help individuals gather, manage and use data and information about their personal health…To bring the benefits of big data research to consumers and patients, new biomedical informatics and data science approaches are needed, shaped to meet the needs of consumers and patients, whose health literacy, language skills, technical sophistication, education and cultural traditions affect how they find, understand and use personal health information. Novel data science approaches are needed to help individuals at every step, from harvesting to storing to using data and information in a personal health library.

Deadlines are May 1, 2017 and March 19, 2018.

Complementary Health Approaches In the News

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

News stories about complementary approaches to health are often on television, the Internet, and in magazines and newspapers. Health news headlines from newspapers, magazines, and websites. In fact, the media is one of our main sources of information when we make decisions about complementary health approaches. While many news reports are reliable, some are missing important information, and some are confusing, conflicting, or misleading. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health has created a tutorial slide show that informs the public about making sense of health news. Check out the tutorial slide show at

The Roundtable on Health Literacy’s Workshop on Facilitating Health Communication with Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Populations

Monday, February 27th, 2017

March 15, 2017 at 8:30 AM Pacific
Online at or in-person at East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, CA

This is a one-day public workshop that will feature presentations and discussion on facilitating health communication related to immigrant, refugee, and migrant populations through the use of health literate approaches. Issues related to cultural competence, language access, and understanding the U.S. health care system may be included in the agenda.

Text from the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Informed Consent Training Available for Health Professionals and Leaders

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

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:


NNLM offers health information training for all

Monday, February 20th, 2017

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.

Professional Development (NNLM):