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Online Interactive Health Literacy Training Available!

Both the general public and health information professionals should be familiar with the important topic of health literacy. According to MedlinePlus, health literacy is defined as “how well a person can get the health information and services that they need, and how well they understand them.” A number of interactive online trainings are available for the general public to help everyone improve their own health literacy. Online trainings are also available for public health professionals to help them improve their ability to teach health literacy to the general public. Here’s a quick overview of a few online trainings available from government websites:

Scholarships Available to Attend the Second Annual Health Literacy Summit June 2-3 in Knoxville, TN!

The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine and the University of Tennessee Medical Center are hosting the Second Annual Health Literacy Summit June 2-3 at the Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, TN. The Summit will focus on assessing and promoting changes in the healthcare system to reduce barriers for low health literacy patients. Course topics will include an in-depth look at the Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations and the methods used to assess the health literacy status of hospitals and other healthcare settings. Attendees will participate in hands-on sessions including the evaluation of printed patient education materials, the development healthcare provider oral communication skills, and the application of The Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers needs assessment tools.

Information professionals are eligible for the $100 registration rate through May 19. Scholarships are also available for up to five librarians, to cover the cost of registration only. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 17.

New NIH Resource Launched: Language Access Portal!

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has just launched the Language Access Portal (LAP). This resource provides access to reliable cross-cultural and linguistically appropriate health information from NIH and other federal agencies, for tools to help communication with populations with limited English proficiency. NIMHD is committed to supporting research and communications efforts to improve cultural competency and health literacy.

New NLM Funding Opportunity for “Data Science Research: Personal Health Libraries for Consumers and Patients”

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. A goal of this program is to advance research and application by patients and the research community through broadly sharing the results via publication, and through open source mechanisms for data or resource sharing. 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. 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.

Application deadlines are May 1, 2017, and March 19, 2018. Eligible applicants include higher education institutions, government entities, faith-based or community-based organizations, and other institutions. Applicants must base their proposed work on an informed profile of the intended users, and, the work should be developed through interaction with the user. The strongest projects will provide approaches that incorporate health data and information from more than one source, such as diagnostic images and links to full-text articles or genome sequence data linked to a family health history. An application should be centered on the problem area being addressed and the intended audience, propose a possible solution that employs novel data science or informatics, and undertake a pilot that will result in evidence of the degree of success and/or needed next steps. Applicants should expect to involve the intended users in their work. The number of awards will be contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. Up to $250,000 direct costs may be requested in any single year. The total project period may not exceed four years.

Webinar on March 7: Introduction to Graphic Medicine

The one-hour webinar Introduction to Graphic Medicine, with instructor Matthew Noe from the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 10:00-11:00am PST. The session will introduce the emerging field of graphic medicine, or, the use of comics in healthcare. It will begin with a brief overview of the field’s emergence, and then highlight the role that comics can play in two key areas of librarianship: health literacy and medical education. The webinar will conclude with suggestions for collection development and programming to kickstart graphic medicine in your library.

Newly Redesigned Think Cultural Health Website Released!

The Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the launch of the newly redesigned Think Cultural Health website. It now includes designs that feature a simpler layout and brighter colors, and its responsive design means it can be accessed anytime from your cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. The new design makes it easier for anyone to browse the latest resources and find information that will help individuals and organizations deliver respectful, understandable, and effective services to all. The following resources are included:

  • The National CLAS Standards section features an explanation of CLAS, a printable list of the Standards, the comprehensive technical assistance document called The Blueprint, and more.
  • The Education section features e-learning programs designed for disaster personnel, nurses, oral health professionals, physicians, community health workers, and more.
  • The Resources section features a searchable library of over 500 online resources, recorded presentations, educational video units on CLAS, and more.

Visit the Think Cultural Health website today and let the Office of Minority Health know what you think!

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine Summer 2016 Issue Available Online!

Padma Lakshmi on the cover of Medlineplus Magazine summer issueThe Summer 2016 issue of NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine features topics including the Zika virus, alcohol-medicines interactions, oral health and aging, colorectal cancer, precision medicine, age-related macular degeneration, and endometriosis. The cover features Padma Lakshmi, author, actress, model, and Emmy-nominated host and executive producer of the hit TV show Top Chef, who endured a 23-year struggle to find relief from endometriosis. The condition occurs when tissue that normally lines the inside a woman’s uterus grows outside the uterus, and can cause pain, infertility, and very heavy periods. Padma recently revealed to NIH MedlinePlus magazine how the experience shaped her advocacy efforts for those with the condition.

The issue also features an article about the Zika virus. Discovered in the Zika Forest of Uganda in 1947, the mosquito-borne virus has very recently become a public health concern in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. NIH MedlinePlus magazine spoke about Zika with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Fauci answers questions regarding the risks to the American public and pregnant women and current efforts in developing a vaccine.

NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is the free, trusted consumer guide to the vast array of authoritative online health and medical information in MedlinePlus. Published four times a year, the magazine showcases the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) latest medical research and healthcare information. NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine is freely available as a print subscription, e-mail alerts, and online.

NAS Food Literacy Workshop Summary Available

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? This workshop from September, 2015, 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; and
  • how food literacy can be strengthened through communication tools and strategies.

NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region “Focus on NLM Resources” Webinars in June & August!

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (MAR), is offering two upcoming Focus on NLM Resources webinar sessions, from 9-10 AM Pacific Time. Registration is required and each session offers 1 MLA CEU.

  1. HealthReach | Register
    Date: June 9, 2016 9-10 AM PDT
    Presenter: Laura Bartlett / Outreach and Special Populations Branch, National Library of Medicine
    Description: HealthReach is a resource of quality multilingual, multicultural public health information for those working with, or providing care to, individuals with limited English proficiency. In Spring 2016, the site was redesigned. Resources include:

    • Health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, fact sheets, videos)
    • Provider tools (including best practices, cultural information, and effective use of interpreters)
    • Special collections on Emergency and Disaster, Women’s Health, and Mental Health
  2. Genetics Home Reference | Register
    Date: August 4, 2016 9-10 AM PDT
    Presenter: Stephanie Morrison, MPH / National Library of Medicine
    Description: Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes associated with those conditions. A recent redesign of the website introduced a completely new look and feel, improved navigation, and hundreds of educational images. This presentation will cover the development and use of this NLM resource, with a focus on the recent changes.

Funding Opportunity: Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy Research Project Grants

HHS/National Institutes of Health (NIH) is offering a grant opportunity for Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy (R01) (PAR-13-130). The goal of this program announcement is to encourage methodological, intervention and dissemination research for understanding and promoting health literacy. The closing date for applications is May 7, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to address health literacy as it pertains to health care, prevention, healthy living, chronic disease management, community health, cultural competence, and health disparities. Research questions can focus on consumers, patients, providers, health care teams, educators, communities and organizations or systems. Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The total project period may not exceed five years.