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Clinical Conversations Training Program

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Evaluation & Planning

Suggested NNLM Courses for Facilitator Preparation

MedlinePlus for Public Librarians: Discover the history, selection criteria and sources of MedlinePlus through this on-demand, hands-on tutorial. Designed to take about an hour to complete, the narrated tutorial explains how to locate information on health topics, drugs, and supplements in MedlinePlus.gov, highlighting additional tools and the authoritative sources from which MedlinePlus.gov draws its health information.

Social Determinants of Health

Five modules that cover how the social determinants of health affect a patient's ability to engage in their care, how providers can support these patients and how shared decision making applies in this context. Each module is made up of a PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes, handout, and e-mail follow ups that a facilitator can send to trainees between modules. This subject also includes a pre and post evaluation to assess participants' change in knowledge and a planning guide for a facilitator to organize when they will teach these modules and use the follow up content. Select the links below to download these training materials.

If a facilitator teaches the Clinical Conversations topics in an order other than the one suggested on the "About this Program" page, they should consider teaching the following modules with the Cultural Humility section to ensure participants have a background in relevant NLM resources.

  • Health Literacy Module 3: Resources for Health Literacy- after SDOH module 5 to further describe the resource introduced during module 2
  • Health Literacy Module 8: Resources for Health Literacy (2)- after SDOH module 5 to offer an additional resource specifically for supporting patients who speak a language other than English

Module 1: SDOH Overview

Module 2: SDOH & Health Disparities

Module 3: SDOH & Food Insecurity

Module 4: The Psychology of Scarcity

Module 5: Shared Decision Making & Social Determinants of Health

More Information

The goal of Clinical Conversations is to increase awareness of and discussion around clinical topics related to health information and health literacy. While they are valuable tools for busy clinical settings, there are additional resources for someone who wants to dive deeper into one of the module topics. Additional education and training on the concepts in the Social Determinants of Health topic include:

Social Determinants of Health (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
Resource page that links to research, data and tools related to the social determinants of health for clinicians. The links focus on SDOH as they relate to healthcare.

Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Training Plan (Public Health Foundation)
This training plan provides an overview of the Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). Upon completion of this training plan, learners will be able to: (1) describe fundamental aspects of SDOH, (2) explain social contexts and effects of SDOH on specific populations; and (3) apply SDOH knowledge to design targeted interventions for improving public health.

Health Services Research Information Central Health Disparities Topic Guide (National Library of Medicine)
List of links to search queries, news, data and statistics, toolkits and publications related to health disparities.

Download a handout of these additional resources to distribute to training participants.