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Today is World Psoriasis Day!

Posted on October 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)


Today is World Psoriasis Day, a day to recognize people with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis. World Psoriasis Days is aimed to raise awareness on a condition that needs to be taken more seriously. (World Psoriasis)

World Psoriasis Day was founded in 2004. Each year this day increases understanding and improve access to treatment. We cannot improve where we don't understand.




Great Resource: Mental Health for Nonprofessionals

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)
By: Ashley Knowles, Outreach Manager, There is a strong and very important relationship between substance abuse, addiction, and mental health disorders. According to the AMA, approximately 50% of individuals with a �??serious�?? mental illness have problems with substance abuse. A significantly greater percentage of individuals with substance dependency have reported a �??co-occurring disorder�?? of some severity �?? most commonly depression and anxiety. As many treatment professionals know, treatment must address this strong relationship of ailments in order to be effective. Information for non-professionals, however, is severely lacking on the web. Many websites leave out critical or new research, fail to make information comprehensible and even refer to co-occurring disorders as �??Dual Diagnosis�?? �?? terminology from an outdated version of the DSM. I recommend a new resource that is a comprehensive aggregation of current research in an easy-to-follow format. I believe you will find this page to be the best available on the web for its topic.

Health Literacy and College Students

Posted on October 11, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

By: Darena

I feel like Health Literacy is so important for patients to make the best decision possible for their health. I think it is especially important for Healthcare Professionals to keep this in mind when speaking to students transitioning from highschool to college or just transitioning to adulthood. Many children can take comfort in knowing that their parents or parental guirdian can make decisions for them. Kids don't have to worry about taking care of themselves or worrying about if they fully understand the information given to them because someone else will explain it in "kid terms."

What happens when they become an adult? Does anyone care about what happens? What do you think? Where do you stand on Health Literacy?

Have you ever come across a situation like this?

Plain Language Equivalents to Medical Terms and Phrases

Posted on October 9, 2015 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

When possible, Healthcare Professionals should try to use plain language instead of medical jargon so that patients are able to understand the information given to them and be able to make the best decisions possible for their health and wellbeing.

According to, Plain language (also called Plain English) is communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it. Language that is plain to one set of readers may not be plain to others. Written material is in plain language if the patient can find what they need, understand what they find, and use what they find to meet their needs. No one technique defines plain language. Rather, plain language is defined by results—it is easy to read, understand, and use. (PlainLanguage2015)

Did you know that the there is a Plain Language Act in which President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (H.R. 946/Public Law 111-274) on October 13, 2010? The Act requires the federal government to write documents, such as tax returns, federal college aid applications, and Veterans Administration forms in simple easy-to-understand language…” Read more here (GPO 2015)

Here is a Plain Language Thesaurus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which offers plain language equivalents to medical terms and phrases. (PlainLanguage 2015)

Sources: (PlainLanguage 2015)

GPO (GPO 2015)

10 Ways Healthcare Professionals can Help Improve Health Literacy

Posted on October 8, 2015 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are 10 ways that healthcare professionals can help their patients.

  1. Identify patients with limited literacy levels (HRSA 2015)
  2. Use simple language, short sentences and define technical terms (HRSA 2015)
  3. Supplement instruction with appropriate materials (videos, models, pictures, etc.) (HRSA 2015)
  4. Ask patients to explain your instructions (teach back method) or demonstrate the procedure (HRSA 2015)
  5. Ask questions that begin with “how” and “what,” rather than closed-ended yes/no questions (HRSA 2015)
  6. Organize information so that the most important points stand out and repeat this information (HRSA 2015)
  7. Reflect the age, cultural, ethnic and racial diversity of patients (HRSA 2015)
  8. For Limited English Proficiency (LEP) patients, provide information in their primary language (HRSA 2015)
  9. Improve the physical environment by using lots of universal symbols (HRSA 2015)
  10. Offer assistance with completing forms (HRSA 2015)


 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA 2015)


Health Literacy : Free Online Course

Posted on October 7, 2015 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)


In honor of Health Literacy Month, we are providing month long resources in order to help those learn to communicate health information more effectively.

"Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals (formerly Unified Health Communication – learn more about the name change) 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.

Take the course any time, night or day, to improve your ability to communicate with patients and overcome barriers that can keep patients from taking their medications according to your instructions, going to the emergency room when they would be better served in primary care or otherwise preventing them from getting the full benefit of the quality care you provide.

Medically underserved patients may have particular difficulty communicating with their health care providers. If you treat patients who are low income, uninsured, and/or whose English proficiency is low, Unified Health Communication can help you:

•Acknowledge cultural diversity and deal sensitively with cultural differences that affect the way patients navigate the health care system,

•Address low health literacy and bridge knowledge gaps that can prevent patients from adhering to prevention and treatment protocols, and

•Accommodate low English proficiency and effectively use tools that don’t rely on the written or spoken word." ( )



To register, go to Go to exit disclaimer. and choose your course:

•Effective Healthcare Communication 100 Go to exit disclaimer. (Course ID 1010508). This course does not offer continuing education credits.

The course has five modules that will take approximately five hours to complete. You can start and stop whenever you like.




Culture, Language and Health Literacy

Posted on October 6, 2015 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)


Check out this video, "How Effective Healthcare Communication Contributes to Health Equity" published by: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA 2015) If the link below does not work: please go to



"Effective healthcare communication policies and practices, including provider health literacy, contribute to improving the quality of services for culturally and linguistically diverse populations as well as people with limited health literacy skills." (HSRA 2015)


Source: (HSRA 2015)




Health literacy and Patient Safety: Help patients understand

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Check out this video which is part of the health literacy educational toolkit developed by the American Medical Association Foundation. For more information about their health literacy resources, visit . If you cannot see the video below, here is the link:


Sources: American Medical Association



10 Health Literacy Books to Read

Posted on October 4, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

It is Health Literacy Month! Read some of these books in order to improve health communication. The books listed below are in random order.

  1. Health Literacy From A To Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message by Helen Osborne
  2. Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action by Christina Zacadoolas and Andrew Pleasant
  3. Understanding Health Literacy: Implications for Medicine and Public Health by Joanne G. Schwartzberg
  4. A Brief Introduction to Health Literacy in the United States by Karen Pettine
  5. Health Technology Literacy: A Transdisciplinary Framework for Consumer-Oriented Practice by Maryalice Jordan-Marsh
  6. Plain Language Pediatrics: health Literacy Strategies and Communication Resources for Common Pediatric Topics by Mary Ann Abrams MD MPH FAAP and Benard P. Dreyer MD FAAP
  7. Health Communication: From Theory to Practice by Renata Schiavo
  8. Health Literacy in Primary Care: A Clinician's Guide by Gloria G. Mayer RN edD FAAN and Michael Villaire MSLM
  9. Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future: Workshop Summary by Joe Alper and Roundtable on health Literacy
  10. Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion by Committee on Health Literacy and Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health.

About Health Literacy Month

Posted on October 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Who founded Health Literacy Month?

  • Helen Osborne M.Ed., OTR/L founded Health Literacy Month in 1999.

Who is Helen Osborne?

  • Helen Osborne is President of Health Literacy Consulting, based in Natick, MA. She is a speaker, author, consultant, and a podcaster. Helen helps others communicate health information in ways that patients and the public can understand.

Where can I find additional information on Health Literacy?

How do I contact Helen Osborne?

What is Health Literacy Month?

  • It is a time for organizations and individuals to promote the importance of understandable health information.

What is the theme for Health Literacy Month 2015?

  • "Be a Health Literacy Hero." It's about taking action and finding ways to improve health communication.

What are Health Literacy Heroes?

  • Health Literacy Heroes are individuals, teams, or organizations who not only identify health literacy problems but also act to solve them.

What is the website to find more October is Health Literacy Month?


A Great Read: Health Literacy From A to Z, Second Edition: Practical Ways to Communicate your Health Message

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Health Literacy From A to Z, Second Edition: Practical Ways to Communicate your Health Message

Book by: Helen Osborne, M.Ed., OTR/L

ISBN: 9781449600532

Available: In print and e-book

Published: October 7, 2011. Jones & Bartlett Learning, Burlington, MA.

"Clear communication of your health message can make all the difference in effective patient care. Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition is an easy to use handbook designed for the busy health professional. Filled with ideas and strategies that can be used in everyday practice, Health Literacy from A to Z is a first-of-its-kind resource. Learn the key principles and strategies of effective health communication presented in a simple, informal manner by one of the nation’s leading experts in health literacy.

Whether you are a physician, nurse, pharmacist, allied health professional, case manager, public health specialist, practice manager, health care educator, student or family caregiver this book is for you."

You can purchase this book from here:




"Be a Health Literacy Hero"

Posted on October 1, 2015 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)


October 2015 is Health Literacy Month. It’s about taking action and finding ways to improve health communication.(HealthLiteracyMonth)

To learn more about Health Literacy Month, contact Helen Osborne by e-mail at: or by phone at: 508-653-1199.

Sources: (HealthLiteracyMonth)

World Heart Day! Check out this Video!

Posted on September 29, 2015 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)