Category Archives for Organization Heros

IHA: Gloria Mayer and Michael Villaire

Health Literacy Heroes for March 2013 are Gloria Mayer (President and  CEO) and Michael Villaire (Chief Operating Officer) of IHA (Institute of Healthcare Advancement). For a dozen years, Gloria and Michael have organized, led, and otherwise made possible IHA’s annual health literacy conference. From my perspective as an attendee and session speaker, this conference offers a hub of […]

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Wake Health Literacy Coalition

The Health Literacy Hero Award for May goes to North Carolina’s Wake Health Literacy Coalition. Its mission is to improve health literacy throughout Wake County. Volunteer members include clinicians, public health specialists, health educators and librarians – all who help educate professionals and the public about ways to clearly communicate about health. The Wake Health […]

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HELP (Health Education Library for People)

The Health Literacy Hero for June 2013 is HELP (Health Education Library for People) based in Mumbai, India. Founded as a modest-sized patient education resource center in 1997 by Drs. Aniruddha and Anjali Malpani, HELP is now India’s largest patient education center–housing thousands of books, pamphlets, health care magazines, and audiovisuals on all aspects of […]

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Health Information Translations

The Health Literacy Hero award for July goes to Health Information Translations—an online resource providing plain language health education resources for health care professionals working with limited English proficient populations. This website is a collaboration of health education specialists from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Mount Carmel Health System, OhioHealth, and Nationwide Children’s […]

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MHQP (Massachusetts Health Quality Partners)

The Health Literacy Hero for August is MHQP (Massachusetts Health Quality Partners). MHQP is a non-profit, broad-based coalition that not only provides clinicians with reliable information about quality of care but also communicates this data to the public in ways they can access, use, and understand. MHQP is a long-time health literacy champion. I know […]

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Partnership and Collaboration

For October 2013, I am honoring the concept of partnership and collaboration as a Health Literacy Hero. I knew from the start of this initiative that the best way to raise health literacy awareness was by doing so together. How right I was. And still am. Since 1999, healthcare providers, patients, family members, caregivers, teachers, students, […]

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