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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

Changes to Google Symptom Search

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Google is rolling out a new symptom search, which is purportedly will produce search results that include an overview description along with information on self-treatment options and what might warrant a doctor’s visit. By doing this, their goal is to help you to navigate and explore health conditions related to your symptoms, and quickly get to the point where you can do more in-depth research on the web or talk to a health professional. Google worked with a team of medical doctors to carefully review the individual symptom information, and experts at Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic evaluated related conditions for a representative sample of searches to help improve the lists we show. Read more about it on the official Google blog: http://bit.ly/28XKW2p

Food Literacy Workshop Summary

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The National Academies of Sciences, Engi­neering, and Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board recently published the workshop summary from Food Literacy: How Do Communications and Marketing Impact Consumer Knowledge, Skills, and Behavior?, http://bit.ly/1U9tzL7. This workshop discussed various aspects of food literacy including

  • the role of consumer education, communication, and health literacy with respect to food safety, nutrition, and other health matters
  • how scientific information is communicated
  • how food literacy can be strengthened through communication tools and strategies

New From Coverage to Care: Toolkit for Consumers

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

New materials, available in multiple languages, are part of the “From Coverage to Care” initiative developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which aims to help people understand their benefits, and connect to a primary care provider and preventive services. Visit the From Coverage to Care website to find and share the toolkit: http://go.cms.gov/1SgJQyc

New Stock Photo Site Focused on Health Launched

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Picture Public Health is a newly launched stock photo marketplace, focused specifically on health. The site’s goal is to make it easier for public health professionals to find authentic, relatable stock photos that model healthy behaviors while also challenging stereotypes. Right now, they’re working with photographers and agencies to build their library of photos. If you know a photographer or agency who might be interested in contributing original photos, they’re looking for people to help spread the word. You can also sign up to be notified with updates as they progress. Visit their site: http://bit.ly/1X0nxjZ

Free Consumer Health Information from the Office of Minority Health

Friday, May 27th, 2016

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center’s Knowledge Center Library aims to reduce health disparities in the United States, serving as a resource center for individuals and as an excellent resource for library staff. Public libraries can use these resources for inspiration or support in answering consumer health questions or in developing community health programming for minority populations. A large resource collection and confidential access to information are great assets your library can tap into for free. Visit the Knowledge Center Library’s page here: http://1.usa.gov/1Uangnt and read more in this article from WebJunction: http://bit.ly/1X0lpso

New Podcast on Informed Consent from Joint Commission

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The Joint Commission an independent, not-for-profit organization, who accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States has released a new podcast on informed consent for the consumer. Informed consent is an important component of establishing quality, patient-centered health care. Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, patient safety officer and medical director in the Office of Quality and Patient Safety, discusses this topic and more http://bit.ly/1TDp91X

Health Literacy Data Map

Friday, May 6th, 2016

The Health Literacy Data Map, http://unc.live/1TMRCyY, is a new tool from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Using census data, the website provides an online, searchable map of health literacy estimates for the entire United States. For more information about the tool, see CommunicateHealth “Health Lit Live with Dr. Stacy Bailey and Dr. Gang Fang,” http://bit.ly/271301r.

Update on May 9 at 8:40 AM Central: UNC’s site may be having technical difficulties. I will post another update when I know the site is up and working.

Creating a Culture of Wellness: A 360 Degree View

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Achieving health and wellness calls for a focus on integrated care, but is your organization truly incorporating health and wellness into everything you do? Join this free webinar on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 2:30 PM EDT. Learn how to use a self-assessment tool to increase your organization’s awareness of the key components of a wellness-focused culture. Learn how to engage in a reflective process to identify what you should keep doing, stop doing, and start doing to truly have a culture of wellness, and hear from a SAMHSA Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) grantee who has used this tool to assess and implement wellness across their agency. http://bit.ly/21fFpWW

Originally posted by Pat Devine on April 27

The Next Step: Making the Most of Your Coverage

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a number of resources to help those with new health coverage. From Coverage to Care (C2C) provides information on how you and your family can best use it to get the care you need. C2C includes a number of resources such as the Roadmap to Better Care and a Healthier You and the newly released 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Health Coverage, is designed to help you figure out what you can do to put your health first for a long and healthy life. To read more about these resources, please see: go.cms.gov/1SgJQyc

Defining Health Literacy

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

On April 4, 2016, the National Academy of Medicine published a discussion paper “Considerations for a New Definition of Health Literacy” http://bit.ly/1Vk2TKt. One of the paper’s conclusions argues that a more “practical consensus on a definition of health literacy” will improve the ability to compare research and data sets and potentially improve health.

On April 13, the National Library of Medicine’s NLM in Focus, http://1.usa.gov/1SZBtU4, shared some of these definition difficulties as well as one of the most comprehensive definitions to date. In addition, the blog post includes numerous links to health literacy resources and research.