Health Literacy Heroes take action to solve health literacy problems.
Alzheimer's Association - Northeast Colorado Region is a Health Literacy Hero because we provide Alzheimer's education programs reaching 9 counties and empowering others to empower themselves. Posted 2014.
It is vitally important for medical personnel to help patients understand health information and empower them to make good health decisions. However, health literacy becomes even more crucial for those who are facing complicated diseases like cancer. Twenty-year Harbin Clinic veteran Amy Brooks serves as a Clinical Nurse Leader and Case Manager at Harbin Clinic Tony E. Warren Cancer Center, with the vital job of educating patients on how to take drugs orally to treat various types of cancer. ... By being an engaged and accessible provider, Amy empowers patients to take charge of their treatment, health, and overall healing while reassuring and supporting them every step of the way. It is my privilege to nominate Amy Brooks for the 2014 Health Literacy Hero recognition. Posted 2014.
Atlantic General Hospital, in partnership with Worcester County Public Schools and the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, decided to tackle health literacy at the grassroots level. Under motivated leadership from all partners, a pilot curriculum was developed that integrated health messages into coursework already used by second grade teachers from an identified elementary school. Pre and post testing of student learning on instructed elements of health literacy yielded a significant increase in students’ health literacy knowledge. This program is being expanded to include other grade levels in the 2014-2015 school year. Posted 2014.
Information literacy is a requirement of Tier 2 courses at Southern Connecticut State University. To integrate this requirement into the Wellness course I am teaching I developed a writing assignment for my students to develop health information literacy skills. They research any topic of interest in the area of health and wellness and then critique the Web sites they used to learn about their topic. They must use critical thinking skills to evaluate the quality of the health information and rate the Web sites for currency, reliability, authority and purpose. They summarize their findings by completing a Web site evaluation grid and by reporting on what they learned about the topic and on the quality of the Web sites they used. Finally, they get the opportunity to propose improvements to the sites based on their evaluation. Through this exercise students learn what makes for credible health information while developing the health information literacy skills they will need when they search for health information in the future. Posted 2014.
It is estimated that over 286,000 Arkansans and 75 million Americans have low health literacy (NAALS, 2003). To raise awareness and kick off Health Literacy Month, we are challenging others to take the plain pledge Oct. 1 - 22. Take a "simple selfie" with a health-related word that you pledge to stop using or better explain. Post your simple selfie on our facebook page or Twitter @UAMS_CHL using the hashtag #plainpledge. Tag your friends and co-workers to challenge them to take the pledge. Participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win prizes. https://www.facebook.com/uamscenterforhealthliteracy, Posted 2014.
Each year, we run an 8-month health literacy course which teaches health professionals strategies & techniques to improve health literacy at an organisation level. We are also running a campaign for health literacy month to 'Drop the Jargon' and use plain language for a day on Tuesday 20 October. We also have a health literacy committee which reviews all our publications and resources to ensure they adopt health literacy principles. Posted 2015.
Dr. Spivey is that rare breed of physician who takes the time to listen to his patients, to ensure their understanding, and to encourage their questions. When he needs to pause to enter information on an EHR, for example, he asks permission and explains what he is doing. Dr. Spivey's interaction style testifies to his commitment to partnering with patients to ensure astute diagnostics and patient-centered treatment. Posted 2014.
Dawn is a Health Literarcy Hero because of train the facilitators presentations presented to human resource professionals responsible for communicating plan coverage to employees. Posted 2014.
DeafHealth is the most comprehensive website devoted solely to provide clear and concise health education in American Sign Language to promote the overall wellness of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing community. Health education in ASL empowers the Deaf community with an opportunity to make informed decisions. DeafHealth works to reduce risk factors for diseases such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and obesity. DeafHealth equips the Deaf community to live healthier lives.
Docola is driving health literacy. A digital health platform enabling healthcare providers to aggregate information from any source, combine it into courses, prescribe it to patients and track participation and comprehension. The service is free to all healthcare providers and patients and our mission is to optimize healthcare conversations. Posted 2015.
Don Rubin is a Health Literacy Hero for his efforts in creating the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy and bringing the people of Georgia together in improving and inspiring greater health literacy. This October, GAhealthliteracy.org is recognizing patients and caregivers who are taking charge of their own health by asking "Good Questions for Good Health," and providers and health organizations, who are advancing health literacy in their communities by encouraging questions and giving patients the information they need. Posted 2014.
Eleanor educates the public throughout the year about mood disorders/mental illness through kiosk displays at different events in the community throughout the year. She also holds group sessions with those in-patient care once a week and outside of hospital who need to meet to talk at a few different areas within the Parkland area a couple times a week throughout the year. ... She also gets us in educating ourselves with the help of her, other health professionals, reading literature and getting involved in helping to educate others who still have a hard time realizing what mental illness is and how the public can help us by mostly trying to understanding it (that is for the lucky ones of us who feel we can be in front of the public in different forums and are not afraid or ashamed to talk about our mental illness like me). Eleanor Snitka is a Health Literacy Hero. Posted 2014.
Florida Covering Kids & Families (FL-CKF) is frequently called upon as an expert in health coverage and health literacy for its ability to reach out to diverse audiences and educate consumers about health coverage and utilization including those under the Affordable Care Act, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid. Since its inception, FL-CKF has produced enrollment assistance toolkits, online fact sheets, policy briefs, blogs, and articles, as well as, conducted webinars and in-person educational trainings on health care coverage in Medicaid, CHIP, and ACA. FL-CKF, its state coalition, and consortium partners are instrumental in bringing together state and local partners to develop and implement strategies to promote the importance of understandable health information. Posted 2015.
Dr. Cole asks for our questions and concerns at each visit and takes time to talk to us about them. Also, he reads and answers our email questions. Posted 2014.
Faced with the Affordable Care Act requiring consumer decision-making; with research that demonstrated consumer confusion and a lack of funding for consumer education, these universities, under the leadership of the University of Maryland Extension and University of Delaware Extension, created the initiative. As a result, 1010 consumers participated in Smart Choice Health Insurance workshops. Using the American Institutes for Research standardized measurement of health insurance literacy, the team conducted pre and post tests. Statistically significant findings demonstrated the workshops worked. People of a range of diverse characteristics increased confidence and ability to make a smart health insurance purchase choice. Posted 2014.
Heidi Fowler is a remarkable individual who has helped 435,225,902 people with her free answers to health questions from all over the world. Her work is scientifically accurate and displays human kindness at its finest. She is my hero. Posted 2014.
People need to talk about health literacy since their early profissional training. Unfortunately, in general universities don´t include this theme in their curriculum. We developed an activity to celebrate health literacy month and to put this theme under discussion at our University.
HEALTH LITERACY MONTH IN BRAZIL – We need to begin at university
October is the month of Health Literacy, a time when the defenders of this knowledge field spread the importance of making health information understandable.
In Brazil, in a pioneer way, we held an event on November of 2015 called The Health Literacy Event: finding the right words for a better health!, according to the what was proposed by Helen Osborne. This event was organized by the research group of Nutrition in Chronic Diseases - Nutrindo, during the XX University Week of Universidade Estadual do Ceara, located in the northeast of the country.
The event occurred on November, 10th to 12th of 2015, during the afternoon. It did not take place on October because it was programmed to wait for the period of the University Week so that it could gain more visibility.
We developed audio-visual materials focusing 5 points: What is functional health literacy? How can the literacy be measured? What is the importance of literacy on your practice? In which times can you practice health literacy? Why is October the month of literacy?
The event was included in the main calendar of the State University of Ceara, in order to be repeated on November of each year, beginning on 2016.
A previous study of our group has found that people attended by the Brazilian public health service in the city of Fortaleza have inadequate health literacy. Thus, we have developed and executed a training program for the community health agents and for the health staff of the Family Health Support Unit based on the assumptions of health literacy, which made possible for these professionals to act among the health system users in order to expand the understanding of the messages for health promotion and prevention of chronic diseases. Professional representatives from all around the state of Ceará were trained. Posted 2014.
With support of Worcester County Public Schools and the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland, Atlantic General Hospital has created an innovative way to increase health literacy in the public school classroom. Through the use of existing STEM standards, Worcester County teachers collaborate with health and education professionals to enhance current core subject area curriculum with key health literacy concepts. The mission is to not add to the workload of the teachers but increase health literacy through integration in existing lessons.
IHLP serves students in grades one through five county-wide. A sixth grade pilot program will begin implementation this school year. The program’s goal is to expand not only into the middle and high school classrooms county-wide but throughout the state and country. For more information, visit http://www.atlanticgeneral.org/Community-Health-Wellness/Health-Literacy-Program.aspx. Posted 2015.
The Clinic provides medical care to the uninsured and underinsured people of the Kansas City region. In an effort to provide better services to our patients, the Clinic has formed a health literacy committee to insure staff are trained with tools to communicate effectively will all patients and a plain language sub-committee that reviews Clinic documents to make sure that all patient materials are in plain language. The committee has done an initial Clinic health literacy assessment and created a work plan that will be reviewed annually. Posted 2014.
Kara Tarantino has devoted years to developing patient-centered print and video educational materials materials for delivery in medical offices. She also designs tools to improve patient way-finding in clinical settings. In all this work Kara brings creativity, a keen sense of audience needs, and the kind of pragmatic approach that is key to diffusing health literacy practices in the private sector. Kara has also been most generous with her time and talents in promoting the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy. She is among the most active members, always enthusiastically engaging in activities that raise awareness about health literacy in our state. Posted 2014.
A previous study we identified the limited literacy among predialysis patients in a school hospital of the Midwest region of Brazil. To identify the HL was used Brazilian version of the Brief Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (B-THOFLA). However we believe that health literacy is more than reading and numeracy skills and so, we are currently validating a multidimensional instrument Health Literacy Questionnaire for assessing literacy in health to Brazilian population in order to explore the dimensions of the phenomenon and thereby reduce inequalities in health. Posted 2015.
ENGLISH FOR YOUR HEALTH: English Practice and Pronunciation - Learn English while you learn about your health. Come join the Respiratory Care students and faculty from the Rutgers University Respiratory Care Program at Long Branch Public Library, Long Branch, NJ - Thursdays 6:00-7:30PM
BACKGROUND: Limited English-proficient speakers often have a low level of health literacy in the English dominant society. Low health literacy creates a vulnerable population who suffer from poorer health related outcomes when compared to native English speaker. This program helps to increase health literacy while tutoring English. The learner gains needed language skills while acquiring knowledge about health.
Kerrie was introduced to Health Literacy in 2012 when invited to join the Health Literacy Network at the Clinical Excellence Commission in Sydney. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness amongst the general community and health services about the importance of addressing health literacy. Kerrie has developed a basic information pack for our website and designed her own English Health Literacy Class which combines improving reading and writing skills whilst learning about health literacy. Posted 2014.
Ms. Grama has made it her mission to insure that cancer data and treatment information on the NCI website is understood and accessible to those individuals fighting the disease, and also Doctors and Researchers working to find a cure. Posted 2014.
The Larry Combest Center is a Health Literacy Hero because it hosted an ice cream social for all the employees who are involved the care of patients being seen for primary care. While at the social the employees were provided a sheet of statistics, an example of health literacy testing using the food label, and were shown videos from AMA about health literacy. Over 75% of the staff was able to participate in the event and nearly all stated they learned something new and would keep this in mind when serving the patients at the center.
Dr. Guyer is teaching the next generation of health professionals to incorporate health literacy in daily practice. She developed a 3 credit class, "Fundamentals of Health Literacy," for preprofessional health and public health students. In the service learning course "Practicum in Health Disparities," students evaluate the literacy demands of educational materials used by Health Care Safety Net clinics and revise materials using best practices. In the nationally recognized interprofessional course, Putting Families First, she teaches more than 750 1st year medical, dental, pharmacy, etc. students about literacy, health literacy, patient safety and Teach Back. She also designed an online library guide about health literacy for students, health professionals, faculty and the public, http://guides.uflib.ufl.edu/health_literacy.
Dr. Zwanziger has led the agency in two strategic planning efforts to ensure that the FDA is strategic in its risk communications and health literacy activities. Dr. Zwanziger most recently completed a year-long process of coordinating representatives from across the Agency to create a 3 year strategic plan for risk communications and health literacy. Dr. Zwanziger also serves as the FDA’s representative on the Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Literacy Working Group, collecting information on FDA’s health literacy work and sharing it with the larger HHS. Dr. Zwanziger is a tireless champion of health literacy, ensuring that health literacy remains visible and a priority at the FDA.
Linda Rohret was instrumental in founding the Wake Health Literacy Coalition. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, the coalition is a multidisciplinary group of individuals interested in increasing awareness, knowledge and understanding of health and health care in Wake County. She served as Chair from 2010 to 2013 and is still actively engaged in coalition leadership. Under her leadership the coalition has hosted yearly health literacy awareness events, developed and distributed educational materials about health literacy and created a coalition website: http://www.wakehealthliteracycoalition.org/, among other important activities. Posted 2014.
I work at a diabetes clinic in Esfahan, Iran, and educated patients about self care behaviors. Because most of the patients referred to this center generally are from low-income community, so we decided to use health literacy strategies such as plain language and teach back for educating them. It was really helpful and these methods helped patients to better understand. I also make very simple printed materials such as Bulletin with Simple Photos and photonovel for them. I really happy that my patients can better undrestand and better act. Posted 2014.
Matrix Medical Network is a Health Literacy Hero because our national network of Nurse Practitioners educates many thousands of Americans each year. Education includes information about their current health issues, a review of their medications and what therapeutic role those medications have in treating their conditions, and answers to the many health questions that people often never have the time to ask their doctor. Matrix Nurse Practitioners are highly educated, highly skilled, and are caring and empathetic. They are at the core of what makes Matrix Medical Network a health literacy hero. Posted 2015.
Matt Jacob has developed valuable training modules to assist dental practitioners and advocates communicate more effectively about community water fluoridation and summarize the research without sounding too clinical. He has trained spokespersons in Wisconsin, New York and other states, including my home state of Florida. Posted 2014.
Melody is a Health Coach at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City working with high utilizer patients. Realizing the problems our patients have with understanding / reading the labels on prescriptions, Melody created a real life scenerio to educate staff on what a trying and confusing issue this can be for patients. Using made up names of medications, she gives patients instructions to reconcile bags of (candy) medications, once without using Teach Back and again using the process. She opens understanding every time she shares her activity! Posted 2014.
Nancy Kinzer, Presbyterian minister and graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary is truly a Health Literacy Hero for my husband and me. She accompanied me, time and again to Emory University Winship Clinic, as I went through breast cancer diagnosis, meeting with oncologists and radiologists. She even went with me when we got all the final reports. She gave me beautifully organized, complete, easily understood reports on all that had transpire . She was very invaluable to us. One simply cannot hear, comprehend or process all the information as one walks this path. My husband and I could not have navigated this experience with all it's ramifications without Nancy's help, competence, comfort, prayers, and medial intelligence and experience. Therefore she is truly worthy of a Health Literacy Hero. Posted 2014.
I developed a web-based decision aid for parents of children newly diagnosed with autism. The website contents are based on the International Patient Decision Aids Standards and cover evidence-based early intervention strategies for children with autism. The website URL is www.autismdecisionaid.com. Posted 2014.
Pat Rullo shares little known healthcare and hospital related stories and guests with the end goal to empower listeners to speak up when they do not understand what their healthcare provider is saying. The entire program is devoted to raising awareness to improve patient literacy, patient safety, and the patient experience. Posted 2014.
As leader of the GA chapter of Compassion and Choices, Perry has worked to spread the message of end of life planning to Georgians. He developed a presentation that educates Georgians on end of life medical care issues and the importance of planning to ensure your or a loved one's death is the way you want it to be. Most families never discuss this topic, even when it is obvious that the end is near, with the result that a loved one's death can find the patient in a hospital undergoing aggressive medical treatment that they do not want, while the families are angry, scared, and unhappy rather than in a position to spend precious time with their loved one. Perry (or his trainees) have given this presentation to over 400 people in the Atlanta metro area. It emphasizes how to complete an advance directive and talk to your family and physician about your wishes for the end of your life. Posted 2014.
PfISD's Wellness CHAMPS are dedicated to educating and energizing 3200 staff members to help ensure optimal learning for 24,000 students. CHAMPS collaboratively plan and implement district-wide and site-based strategies that empower teachers to own their health. The wellness program's "From A to Z...OWN YOUR HEALTH" catch phrase aligns with the District's mission "to provide a quality education with a commitment to excellence by facilitating learning in a safe and nurturing environment." Posted 2015.
Regina Carlisle, Senior Nurse Cancer Information Specialist, is regarded as University Hospitals go-to person for patient education. Regina has been an excellent and patient mentor regarding health literacy and use of plain language. Her personal knowledge and familiarity with evidence based practice resources in this specialized realm has been indispensable. Regina is detail oriented and has a gift for discerning what patients might ask or seek out in various learning/education situations. She is truly passionate about health literacy and the tremendous benefit understandable materials have for patients. She willingly shares her expertise across the system, through continuing education classes, individual consultation and guidance for the system education committee. Posted 2015.
Sally is our Health Literacy champion. Our South West Self Management Program offers support and education to people living with Chronic Conditions and health service providers. As Team Lead Sally has developed a HL program that highlights how important our words are to patient understanding and patient health. To date 386 Health Service providers have attended the workshop. Sally is now developing a train the trainer program in partnership with a program in British Columbia. She has changed the way our team develops new programs, delivers workshops, develops promotional material; virtually everything we do. She is our Health Literacy Guru! Posted 2014.
Sandra Jones is dedicated to meaningful health education for children and adolescents. Her company, Health-ettes, produces fun materials so children can get used to talking about health from an early age. In addition, Sandra is a hard-working and effective volunteer for the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy. Among other activities, she organized a health literacy exhibit at a regional festival that drew tens of thousands of attendees. Posted 2014.
Scott has led the way in developing innovative accessibility solutions for multiple NIH websites. He recognized the importance of making sure the vital health content online, so important for citizens to understand, was presented in a way that could be understood by all, regardless of any reading limitations they may have. Posted 2014.
Only 12% of Americans have a proficient level of health literacy; however, our health care system generally caters to this 12%, creating significant barriers to effective patient care. In 2011, Community Healthcare Network's (CHN) senior leadership spearheaded an internally funded agency-wide health literacy initiative to address this issue. CHN's health literacy initiative aims to improve patient outcomes by creating an organizational culture based on health literacy principles. CHN's senior leadership has supported the implementation of policies and procedures that allow for the integration of health literacy into organizational structure, including hiring initiative staff, providing extensive staff trainings on health literacy, developing committees to increase staff engagement around health literacy, and incorporating health literacy into all strategic planning. CHN’s senior leadership has been crucial in the advancement of health literacy at CHN. Posted 2014.
In today's busy health care industry, it is refreshing to find a physician who is not only on time for your office appointment, but spends more than fifteen minutes with you! Dr. Shelley Bianco is one of those very special doctors. One of her strengths is her ability to get to know each of her patients as individuals so she can establish a strong patient-doctor relationship and deliver personalized care. She is compassionate, caring, professional who is never in a hurry during an appointment and takes the time to get to know each of her patients well. She is always accessible by phone or e-mail and often follows up an office visit with a personal phone call. Furthermore, she keeps abreast of the current research in health care and nutrition, and enjoys sharing this information with her patients. Dr. Bianco deserves to be recognized for her dedication to her patients and the health care field. She is my Health Care Literacy Hero! Posted 2014.
South Shore Community Partners in Prevention is undertaking a Health Literacy Initiative for the 2015-16 fiscal year. We hope to engage health care providers, consumers and community partners in an effort to improve the ability of our residents to obtain information about their health in an easily accessible and understandable manner, and to improve their ability to advocate for their own health. We have developed an Action Plan with ten goals and will be implementing them between now and June 2016. Posted 2015.
Monthly she trains and informs 6K Sailors and civilians in different programs about health conditions both mental and physical. She established a program that provides resources and maintains personnel mission readiness for now and for the future. Her ability to bring people together and make them feel inclusive and important is apparent through her leadership, program, and correspondence.
The problems of childhood inactivity, obesity, and low student performance are all addressed by The Walking Classroom’s active learning program. The program reaches >10,000 kids each year and encourages healthy lifestyle choices through its use of regular exercise and presentation of health messages before every podcast. By walking while learning core curriculum and health messages (like the importance of exercise, healthy calories, hydration, bullying, etc.), students increase their health awareness and healthy choices while improving their classroom engagement and academic outcomes. Posted 2014.
With a growing demand on patients to take more active roles in their health, many are seeking medical information from sources such as the Internet. Yet, because 60% of Canadians lack health literacy skills, many will have difficulty using this information.
The UHN Patient and Family Education (PFE) Program ensures patients and families have the right information at the right time, meeting their individual learning needs across the continuum of care. We partner with healthcare professionals and build capacity within our large, multi-site organization to ensure staff have the knowledge, best practices, tools and competencies to ensure patients and families have the skills and knowledge to manage their care, make informed decisions, and ultimately, engage as partners in their care and lead healthier lives.
Our 3 strategic directions (2013-2016) define our commitment to mitigating the impact of low health literacy: 1) Ensure Quality Processes and Systems; 2) Build Patient and Family Education Expertise; 3) Elevate the Art and Science of Patient and Family Education. Posted 2015.
USA Community Health Advocates through kindness, compassion, education, and leadership work to remove barriers to good health and to improve the overall health the Mobile, AL community. There are 12 targeted health disparities in the community: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Emergency Preparedness, Domestic Violence, HIV/AIDS, Infant Mortality, Mental Health, Nutrition, Physical Activity, Sickle Cell Disease and Tobacco. USA Community Health Advocates host and attend events distributing information to community residents. Posted 2014.
In June 2013, Victoria visited 5 health care providers in three days before being placed in emergency surgery and off life support. After recovering from Ludwig's Angine, a deep neck space tissue infection, she has devoted her time while in college to engaging, engaging and empowering patients on the importance of taking an active role on their health care team. Posted 2015.
Welsh Mountain Health Centers is a Health Literacy Hero because our mission is to provide quality health services to the community especially those who may have barriers to care. We breakdown the communication barrier so our patients understand and feel comfortable with their treatment.