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Health Happens in Libraries Update

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Margot Malachowski, our Healthy Communities COI Leader, is featured in the Public Libraries Online article about the Health Happens in Libraries project.

[Source: WebJunction’s e-newsletter]

Hello, and welcome to summer –

June 30 marks the completion of the third year of WebJunction’s Health Happens in Libraries project. We’re incredibly proud of the work that we’ve witnessed from public libraries to advance health and wellness in your communities.

Recently, we had the opportunity to publish a three-part article series at Public Libraries Online, reflecting on the evolution of the project over the past few years, and celebrating the contributions of public libraries in building healthy communities. We invite you to read and share these articles with your networks.

Part 1: Public Libraries Promote Health Literacy

Part 2: Programs

Part 3: Promoting Health Information and Services at Your Library

As a reminder, in addition to updates from this email list, you can also stay up-to-date on WebJunction activities and resources on a wide variety of library-specific topics through our twice-monthly newsletter, Crossroads. If you are not yet subscribed to receive Crossroads, you can sign-up here.

And, as always, if you have questions, feedback, or your own story to tell about how your library promotes community health, you can contact the WebJunction team at any time.

Enjoy a happy, healthy summer!


Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

[Guest post: Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi]

Health Literacy Leadership Institute
June 13‐17, 2016

“As a participant in the Health Literacy Leadership
Institute, I would encourage anyone thinking about
attending to go. It was one of the best educational
experiences I’ve ever had. It could change your life!”

– Terri Ottosen

Enroll now in the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, June 13‐17, 2016. Offered through the
Health Communication Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, this one‐week Institute
is designed for professionals committed to improving the health literacy of healthcare providers
and the public. Those working in health literacy and students interested in pursuing careers in
health literacy are encouraged to attend.

Participants learn from faculty and guest instructors highly regarded for their pioneering work
in medical education, adult literacy, and program evaluation. Peer learning and the sharing of
research and best practice are central to the Institute’s educational approach. Throughout the
week, participants work on a health literacy project of their choice resulting in a final product that is current, comprehensive, informed by research, and reflective of best practice.
For more information and to register, visit

Contact the course director at or call 781‐835‐6488.

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AHRQ Releases Health Literacy Toolkit for Primary Care Practice

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

[Source: AHRQ e-bulletin]

Only 12 percent of U.S. adults have the health literacy skills needed to manage the demands of our complex health care system, and even these individuals’ ability to absorb and use health information can be compromised by stress or illness. Experts recommend assuming that everyone may have difficulty understanding and creating an environment where all patients can thrive. Like with blood safety, universal precautions should be taken to address health literacy because we can’t know which patients are challenged by health care information and tasks at any given time. AHRQ’s Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit – 2nd edition can help primary care practices reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels.

Additional tools for improving health literacy:

Learn more about how to improve primary care by visiting AHRQ’s National Center for Excellence in Primary Care at:

Plain Language Workshop

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Plain Language for Health: A Writing and Design Workshop, March 17–18, 2016

This workshop is designed for motivated individuals and teams working to communicate health information in ways people can understand. Join us for “Plain Language for Health: A Writing and Design Workshop” on March 17–18, 2016 in Boston, MA. Visit the website to learn more and apply.  Applications accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Learn new skills, gain valuable tools, and make lasting connections. The workshop will be led by Stacy Robison and Xanthi Scrimgeour, co-founders of CommunicateHealth, along with Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Director, Tufts Health Literacy Leadership Institute, and Alia BucciarelliHealth Writer and Guest Speaker. Funded in part by the National Library of Medicine under contract with University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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