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Health Literacy and Culture

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) adds information about culture to its Health Literacy resource.
The NN/LM has added content to its Health Literacy resource to include information about culture in the context of health literacy. As part of a project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program, Diana Almader-Douglas evaluated the existing health literacy Web-based resource at the NN/LM and determined that the resource would benefit from addressing the importance of culture in understanding health literacy.
Culture is one component of health literacy, but it is also a critical element of the complex topic of health literacy. Culture shapes communication, beliefs, and the comprehension of health information. By enhancing the NN/LM Health Literacy Web page with content about health literacy in a cultural context, users of the page, and end users will be able to better meet the health information needs of vulnerable and diverse population groups they are serving.

By adding content related to culture and how culture impacts health, the resource raises increased awareness about vulnerable and special populations, and highlights the connection to health disparities and health literacy.
For more information on culture and health literacy, visit:

Benjamin RM. Improving Health by Improving Health Literacy. Public Health Rep. 2010, Nov-Dec; 125(6):784-785. Available from:

United States Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA). Culture, Language and Health Literacy. Available from:

United States Department of Health & Human Services. National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Outreach Activities; Resources. Multi-cultural Resources for Health Information. Available from:

Intimate Partner Violence Resources

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Knowledge PAth

National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health – Contains resources about preventing, identifying and responding to intimate partner violence within the home and the community.


Safety in Rural Areas

Provides safety tips when dealing with an abusive relationship in a rural area or town.

Insurance Resources

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Community Health Worker: New online training opportunity. Help for Navigating Health Insurance. The course will begin on July 15, 2013 and finish July 28, 2013.
For more information:


CMS: Two new Health Insurance Marketplace webinar trainings available. The first training, Level 1: Health Insurance Marketplace 101, is a one-hour high-level webinar overview of the accomplishments of the Affordable Care Act and a basic introduction to the Marketplace (Exchanges) highlighting who is eligible and how the Marketplace will work. The second Training, Level 2: Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace, is a two-hour detailed review of the Marketplace (Exchanges), including eligibility, enrollment, plan structure, Medicaid expansion, and the streamlined application. Trainings are available on various dates in June and July, 2013.  For more information:

BHIC on a break

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Starting today, May 2, the Bringing Health Information to the Community blog will be taking a break.  All of the Contributors to the blog will be attending the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting in Boston.  Posting will resume as normal on Monday May 13.

Enhanced National CLAS Standards

Friday, April 26th, 2013

According to the USHHS, “the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care (the National CLAS Standards) are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by providing a blueprint for individuals and health and health care organizations to implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Adoption of these Standards will help advance better health and health care in the United States.”

This week the Enhanced CLAS Standards were released. Find the Enhanced CLAS Standards at:

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Friday, April 26th, 2013

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the US Government branch of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for providing immigration services and benefits. USCIS works with local governments, libraries and qualified immigration service providers to ensure immigrants receive accurate information about immigration benefits. The USCIS provides help for immigrants to complete USCIS forms, and gives legal advice about which forms to submit. Here are some resources to help immigrants with the USCIS forms and to protect immigrants from fraud.

USCIS Legal Advice

USCIS, Avoid Scams

Helping families use media in a healthy way

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The Center for Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital in Boston helps families to use media in healthy ways. CMCH offers tips to control time, pay attention to content and context, use critical thinking, and create and model media mastery. The Center recommends parents set time limits, co-view, pay attention to media ratings, and model healthy media habits. Learn more on the Center for Media and Child Health site at

Have questions about child and media health? You can ask CMCH Director Dr. Michael Rich on the Ask the Mediatrician. Questions are answered every Monday and Thursday. Check out Ask the Mediatrician at

ACA and Health Plans Enrollment Webinar

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Attend Mental Health America’s “The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Health Plans:  Aiding Enrollment in State and Federal Insurance Programs” webinar, on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at noon (eastern time) to learn more about upcoming changes to health insurance under the ACA.  Presenters, Jenny Sullivan of Enroll America and Kevin Malone of SAMSHA will discuss the state exchanges and various methods on how to enroll in a health plan.  Participants will learn who qualifies for what program, the ‘no wrong door’ concept and benefits regarding mental health and substance use disorders.  This webinar is sponsored by Mental Health America.  Register at:

Transgender Medical Consultation Service

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

TransLine is a national online transgender medical consultation service that offers healthcare providers up-to-date transgender clinical information and individualized case consultation across a broad range of clinical transgender issues. TransLine is staffed by expert medical providers from LGBT clinics from around the nation who can help providers give the best possible care to transgender patients.

Affordable Care Act Ruling and webinar

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

This week the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is expected to rule on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the individual mandate.  This ruling may have wide-reaching effects on the ACA.

Read up on the ACA here:

One day after the ruling (Friday)  Families USA is holding a free conference call to have a panel discuss the ruling and what it means for health advocacy, and what happens next.

Friday, June 29 12:00pm – 1:00pm CST

For more information and to register:

There will also be a “tweet chat” immediately following the conference call. To join the chat “live” follow #HealthJustice on Twitter. You can also follow #HCRdecision to get updates all week long.