Asian-Americans More Apt to Die in Hospital After Heart Attacks

Asian-Americans are more likely to die in the hospital following a heart attack than whites, new research reveals, although this disparity was reduced over time in hospitals participating in a quality improvement program.

In the study, doctors examined certain measures of care — such as whether a patient was prescribed aspirin or ACE inhibitors (heart drugs) at the time of discharge — on 107,403 Asian-American and white heart attack patients. The study encompassed five years, from 2003 to 2008.

Asian-Americans were less likely to be given aspirin or counseling on how to quit smoking after they left the hospital. They were also more likely than whites to receive lipid-lowering therapy.             [MedlinePlus]

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NIH Study Shows HIV-exposed Children at High Risk of Language Delay

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.

HIV exposed children could benefit from early diagnosis, classroom intervention

Children exposed to HIV before birth are at risk for language impairments, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.

Moreover, children exposed to HIV before birth may benefit from routine screening for language impairment, even if they don’t have any obvious signs of a language problem, the researchers said. [NIH News]

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Can Electronic Health Records Lower Health Disparities?

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.

A newly-released study indicates that switching to electronic health records might help close health gaps between black and white Americans. The  study is based on a survey of doctors across the U.S. It includes more than 17,000 primary care visits, during which doctors recorded patients’ blood pressure.

Read more at: . [Reuters Health News, Jan. 9, 2012 via]

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HHS Launches First Consumer Health IT Video Challenge of 2012

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.

The National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced this week a nationwide, open call for entries in the Healthy New Year Video Challenge, highlighting personal stories of patients and families using health technology to improve health.

Submissions for the Healthy New Year Video Challenge will be accepted through February 16 and can range from creative and innovative ways of e-mailing your doctor, using an online patient-portal to manage your health information, or downloading a mobile application that sends medication reminders.  All videos must meet certain eligibility criteria.

For details, including contest rules, visit  [HHS Press Release, Jan. 9, 2012]

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New Year’s Resolution: Be Ready

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.

Start the New Year right by getting prepared. Check out the daily preparedness tips from the CDC Public Health Matters blog during the month of January:

[CDC Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response]

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MRC Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

English: Medical Reserve Corps Logo

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The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.

This year (2012) marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), which was announced during President George W. Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address, and officially launched as a demonstration project in July of 2002. Over the past ten years, the program has grown to over 200,000 volunteers in almost 1,000 units across the country—ready to respond to emergencies and building resiliency in thousands of local communities through prevention, preparedness and public health activities.

Learn more about the MRC at: .

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Call for posters and Presentations for Health Literacy Iowa Conference

Health Literacy Iowa

Creating a Shared Vision for Health Literacy in Iowa

Health Literacy Iowa & New Readers of Iowa Conference
Health Literacy in Iowa:
Partnering to Change Research into Practice
Friday and Saturday – April 13-14, 2012
Call for Presentation and Poster Abstracts
Abstract Submission Deadline: January 15, 2012, Midnight CST
Health Literacy Iowa and the New Readers of Iowa invite competitive presentation and poster abstracts to be submitted for our 2012 Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy and Iowa’s healthiest state initiative underscore the need for best practices and evidence-based health literacy knowledge, tools, and resources to be disseminated and translated into broader implementation to make measurable improvements in health, health literacy, and quality health care. This conference, Health Literacy in Iowa: Partnering to Change Research into Practice, is a key strategy to generate action throughout the state by mobilizing, catalyzing, modeling, and disseminating health literacy work in Iowa. Conference aims are to:
  • · increase working relationships among Iowa’s diverse stakeholders in the field
  • · generate collaborative ideas for application of health literacy-based strategies and interventions among new and existing partners
  • · translate these into actionable initiatives for evaluation and replication
  • · enhance understanding of how health literacy is fundamental to the transforming health care environment; making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation; high quality, safe, patient-centered care; and reducing health disparities
  • · increase applications to federal agencies and other funders
  • · demonstrate and mobilize application of health literacy strategies in emerging areas including pediatrics, people with disabilities, population-based and public health, and partnerships with adult learners
  • · share effective models for catalyzing implementation.
Proposal Topics and Categories
The Conference agenda is organized around and seeks contributions in all the following areas:
Day 1 – Iowa Responding to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
  • · Break-out Sessions -1-hour morning sessions repeated twice: Health Literacy in Iowa-featuring Iowa-specific health literacy projects and initiatives
  • · Topic-specific Break-out Sessions – 1-hour afternoon sessions, repeated twice: providing opportunities to more deeply explore thematic dimensions of health literacy such as various groups (e.g., pediatrics; people with disabilities; cultural, racial, and ethnic groups; health professions students), health care delivery interventions, and improvement strategies
  • · Evening Poster session: Iowa Putting Health Literacy Into Action-highlighting Iowa-specific health literacy projects, and state and regional health literacy initiatives
Day 2 – Achieving break-throughs in action by focusing on tools and partners
  • · Quick Connection 20-minute morning presentations to optimize exposure to health literacy tools and their application, inspire participants and advance them along the continuum of behavior change through highlighting tools and their application, and inviting participants to envision deployment in their setting to help overcome obstacles to and jump-start implementation
  • · 30- to 60-minute afternoon presentations: building capacity of adult learners to become leaders and spokespersons for adult literacy and health literacy issues in their communities, promote adult learners and health professionals working together to improve health communication, and activate new readers in managing their health
Submission Guidelines
Submission: Competitive presentations or posters should be submitted in abstract form with up to 500 words of text (abstracts exceeding 500 words will not be considered).
A cover page should provide the following information:
1) Title of the presentation/poster
2) Names, degrees, and affiliations of all presenters/authors
3) Contact information for the lead presenter/author, including e-mail, phone, and mailing address
4) Response to each of the following (these do not count toward the 500-word limit of the abstract):
  • · How your presentation/poster links to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
  • · Description of implementation of or an application for your content (i.e., not just theory)
  • · Actual or potential Iowa-specific application of your content
  • · A tool or hand-out attendees can take away and use to apply your content
  • · One specific aspect of your presentation that will be used to assess how attending your session impacted attendees’ intent to or actually change behavior
5) Whether you prefer your abstract be considered for a break-out session only, quick connections session only, poster session only, or any of these options
Presentations in the formats described abovewill be presented during the designated sessions.
Postersallow presenters to discuss their work with colleagues in an informal setting. Presenters/authors must be available for discussion during the poster session.
HL Iowa may request an alternative presentation format or session, depending on the volume of proposals and available space.
Prior Publication Policy: Content that has been published or presented elsewhere prior to the time of presentation at the 2012 Health Literacy Iowa and New Readers of Iowa Conference may be submitted for consideration.
Submissions should be sent electronically to (put “2012 Health Literacy Iowa Conference Proposal” in subject line).
Deadline for receipt of electronic submission for paper/poster abstracts and panel proposals is January 16, 2012, midnight Central Standard Time.
Notification of acceptance will be sent electronically by February 17, 2012.
About Us – Health Literacy Iowa’s mission is to promote and facilitate the ability of all Iowans to use effective communication to optimize their health. Health Literacy Iowa is leading Iowa’s response to the National Action Plan and contributing to making Iowa the healthiest state in the nation. Without health literacy, people are limited in their ability to find and use health information, adopt healthy behaviors, and act on important public health information. By improving communication and participating in innovative programs, Health Literacy Iowa is working to make health information understandable for everyone, and helping make all Iowans healthier.
Meeting Information – The Conference will be Friday and Saturday April 13 and 14, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa.
For Questions: Contact: Ryan Raether at (515)-471-9787 – or Barb Savage (515)-556-9676 – Check the HL Iowa website or “Like” us on Facebook: to see updates on Health Literacy Iowa and the Conference.
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Texting Program to Help Teens Quit Smoking

The following was posted on the BHIC Blog.

Teens love their cell phones. In an effort to help young smokers kick the habit, the National Cancer Institute is creating a new program called Smokefree T-X-T ( . It’s a free text message service that provides 24 hour encouragement, advice, and tips to teens trying to quit smoking.

Read more at: [CNN Health, Janurary 1,2012]



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New Financial Literacy Materials

The following was posted on the  [NATIONALFAMILYLITERACY-L]

The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) has partnered with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to teach families the value of financial responsibility through “A Day at Dollar General: Learn While Shopping.” The interactive online game recreates the experience of shopping in a real store and encourages children to learn while shopping.

By expanding the definition of literacy to include smart financial habits, NCFL and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are teaching children to make informed spending decisions that will help them reach their goals.

“A Day at Dollar General: Learn While Shopping” is tailored to families and children, providing them with a fun and interactive game that teaches good spending habits. The game has four sections that are quick and easy to complete.

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21st National Conference on Family Literacy

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

March 25 – 27, 2012
San Diego, California

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Recently Published…

The following were retrieved from a recent NCBI search of PubMed.

The Role of Health Literacy on African American and Hispanic/Latino Perspectives on Cancer Clinical Trials.Evans KR, Lewis MJ, Hudson SV. J Cancer Educ. 2011 Dec 28. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22203466 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]Related citations
Diabetes self-management in patients with low health literacy: Ordering findings from literature in a health literacy framework.Fransen MP, von Wagner C, Essink-Bot ML. Patient Educ Couns. 2011 Dec 23. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 22196986 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]Related citations
An empowerment-based approach to developing innovative e-health tools for self-management.Alpay L, van der Boog P, Dumaij A. Health Informatics J. 2011 Dec;17(4):247-55.PMID: 22193825 [PubMed – in process]Related citations

Promoting health literacy in patients with diabetes.Stiles E. Nurs Stand. 2011 Oct 26-Nov 1;26(8):35-40. PMID: 22165805 [PubMed – in process]Related citations
When the patient and family just do not get it: overcoming low health literacy in critical care.Ingram R, Kautz DD.  Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 2012 Jan;31(1):25-30. PMID: 22156809 [PubMed – in process]Related citations
eHealth Literacy Among College Students: A Systematic Review With Implications for eHealth Education. Stellefson M, Hanik B, Chaney B, Chaney D, Tennant B, Chavarria EA. J Med Internet Res. 2011 Dec 1;13(4):e102. PMID: 22155629 [PubMed – in process] Free Article Related citations

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