April 2015 News and Updates

News & Updates

April, 2015

Theme of the Month: Health Literacy

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Training Opportunities
Communicating Public Health: Message Design Strategies to Promote Awareness and Action to Address Social Determinants of Health
Sponsor: Region 2 Public Health Training Center and the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Date/Time: Archived
Presenters: Jeff Niederdeppe, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Cornell University
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NIH Plain Language Training
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Date/Time: Archived
Presenter:  N/A
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Cultural and Health Literacy: Beyond Access
Sponsor: Midwest Center for Life-Long-Learning in Public Health
Date/Time: Archived
Presenter:  K “Vish” Viswanath, Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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Cultural and Health Literacy: Case Studies
Sponsor: Midwest Center for Life-Long-Learning in Public Health
Date/Time: Archived
Presenter:  Emily Wang, Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support; Lillian McDonald, Ramsey County Public Health; Carolyn Garcia, University of Minnesota School of Nursing; Paul Bernhardt, Joel Dickinson, Rhonda Jones-Webb, Amy Scheller, Iris Staubus, Ayisha Yahya, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
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    • The Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM) is a validated instrument to individually assess health literacy among English-speaking adults.
    •  The Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Spanish (SAHLSA) is a Spanish version of the REALM.
    • The Simplified Measure of Gobbledygoop/k, or “SMOG” is a tool that was created by G Harry McLaughlin in 1969. The SMOG estimates the number of years of education a person needs to understand a given text based on the number of sentences and syllables.
    • This systematic review from the Cochrane Collaboration aimed to assess the effects of interventions for enhancing consumers’ online health literacy, including skills to search, evaluate and use online health information.

From the Field
The Childhood Lead Action Project in Rhode Island with the support of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion implemented an educational program about childhood lead poisoning called the Lead Poisoning Low-Literacy Training Project.

To combat low graduation rates and to improve academic performance, the Institute for Research and Reform in Education developed a comprehensive school reform initiative, First Things First (FTF). The FTF framework aims to engage students intellectually and emotionally in their schools through instructional improvement, small learning communities, and family and student advocacy systems.

In the News

IN CASE YOU MISSED ITThis month’s Log-in and Learn Webinar

Gretchen Van Wye, PhD presented,

“Health Literacy: What is it? Why does it matter to health disparities? What can you do about it to advance health equity?”

Download the recommended reading and slides.

Click here for the edited video of the webinar.