Health Literacy Conference Highlights

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell is attending the Institute of Healthcare Advancement Health Literacy Conference and made the following discoveries.     Thank you for sharing Siobhan.     I will be adding several new links to our Improving Health Literacy LibGuide!

“I am at the Institute of Healthcare Advancement Health Literacy Conference http://bit.ly/kZ5VtV I can’t begin to summarize in a post all the great things from the first two days of the conference. For me the highlight was having a chance to hear Toni Cordell speak and then to talk with her at the poster session. For those of you familiar with the AMA Health Literacy Video http://bit.ly/fbTPa4 she tells her story of having a medical procedure done without actually knowing what the procedure was til six weeks after the surgery. It’s a powerful story told eloquently. And her talk at the IHA Conference was equally powerful and eloquent.

Some resources for you to take a look at:
Youth Speaks http://youthspeaks.org/voice/ “Youth Speaks creates safe spaces to empower the next generation of leaders, self-defined artists, and visionary activists through written and oral literacies. We challenge youth to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of social change.” We saw the videos

At the poster session, I found a new website with resources for talking to your doctor and background information on Health Literacy. “Say AH!” http://www.justsayah.org/

From AHRQ: Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/literacy/ The toolkit offers primary care practices a way to assess their services for health literacy considerations, raise awareness of the entire staff, and work on specific areas.

From HRSA: Unified Health Communication (UHC): Addressing Health Literacy, Cultural Competency, and Limited English Proficiency is free, on-line, go-at-your-own-pace training that has helped more than 4,000 health care professionals and students improve patient-provider communication. http://www.hrsa.gov/publichealth/healthliteracy/index.html

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