OK – Why Create a Blog on "Health Literacy"? – Part 3

Health Literacy Month

Health Literacy Month was founded in 1999 by Helen Osborne. Working with health professionals, literacy specialists, professional associations, and health care organizations around the world, Helen continues to lead this international campaign to raise awareness about the importance of understandable health information.

Helen writes – “Health Literacy Month serves as a common focus that hospitals, health centers, literacy programs, libraries, social service agencies, businesses, professional associations, government groups, consumer alliances, and many other organizations use to draw attention and develop local capacity to address this important issue.”

Health Literacy Month is a grassroots campaign to promote the importance of understandable health communication. Advocates around the world are encouraged to raise awareness about health literacy in their own communities.

Much information is available on the http://www.healthliteracymonth.org web site — including FAQs, Articles, Fact Sheets, Links and Resources, Sharing Materials. One idea is a Health Literacy Map http://www.healthliteracy.com/hlmonth/map.html where you can read how individuals, organizations, and communities around the United States are participate in Health Literacy Month each year. You can also learn how people around the world are participating in Health Literacy Month. Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, and South America. Together, we are making a worldwide difference!

“Nothing – not age, income, employment status, educational level, and
racial or ethnic group – affects health status more than literacy skills.”

from the Partnership for Clear Health Communication


Health Literacy —An updated list of web resources can be found on the Professional Resources web page for John Moritz Library; Nebraska Methodist College – the Josie Harper Campus.

Have we convinced you to improve your Health Literacy Awareness?

to learn more…

There are many tutorials and short courses available to learn more about what is Health Literacy; who is affected; what are the consequences; how it affects the public health; barriers to effective communication and what changes can be made to improve communication for all our citizens. There is a section entitled “Training Resources” at http://www.methodistcollege.edu/currentstudents/library/library_detail.asp?PID=15&PCID=46

Watch this site as we frequently learn of great resources and will be post them. One training opportunity of particular note …

ONLINEFREE CE Education for Health Professionals on Health Literacy, Cultural Competency and Limited English Proficiency is designed to help health professionals improve their patient-communication skills, increase their awareness and knowledge of factors that affect their communication with patients, and implement patient-centered communication practices. The course, developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration, comprises five modules and is estimated to take a total of 5 hours to complete.

The course includes the following modules with the projected time frames as identified by HRSA to complete each.

1. Intro to Health Communications (60 minutes)
2. Health Literacy (60 minutes)
3. Cultural Competency (60 minutes)
4. Limited English Proficiency (60 minutes)
5. Capstone Activity (30 minutes or less)

The course may be completed at the user’s own pace and may be taken for credit (CEU/CE, CHES, CME, and CNE) or not for credit. More information, including registration instructions, is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/healthliteracy/training.htm

Watch for future postings on current awareness information on this important topic.

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