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Patricia Martin's 'Health Literacy Forum' presentation at the Health Sciences Libraries, October 22nd, 2009.

Patricia Martin's 'Health Literacy Forum' presentation at the Health Sciences Libraries, October 22nd, 2009.

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  • Constantly changing Depends on audience no WL component to these sessions.
  • And our libguide
  • Very much in the planning stages, information to follow on the website


  • 1. Patricia W. Martin University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Michigan Health Literacy Awareness Training Program [email_address] This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3503
  • 2. The Project…
    • Raise awareness of low literacy and provide resources to address issue
    • Project Partners: Washtenaw Literacy and the Health Sciences Libraries (HSL)
    • HSL received health disparities subcontract from NN/LM GMR (National Network of Library of Medicine (NN/LM) Greater Midwest Region)
  • 3. Our Goals
    • Develop a health literacy awareness-resources training workshop
    • Provide health literacy awareness-resources training to health providers in underserved areas
    • Develop Michigan Health Literacy Awareness Training Program website to disseminate the toolkit, information about future health literacy projects
    • Provide a community forum for further discussion about health literacy issues and sharing of resources
  • 4. 1. Develop a health literacy awareness / resources training workshop
    • Cross-training session
        • Six staff from Washtenaw Literacy provided sensitivity training
          • 2 hour session
          • 18 HSL staff members
        • The WL staff were introduced to MedlinePlus by one of the HSL librarians
          • 2 hour session
  • 5. 2. Provide health literacy awareness / resources training to health providers
    • 3 clinic sessions in pediatrics and family practice
        • Staff and physicians
        • Content: Sensitivity training and MedlinePlus
        • Our lesson : the value of clinic time
    • 1 session in a pharmacy class
        • Faculty invitation
        • 12 students, 2 hours
        • Sensitivity training and MedlinePlus
    • 3 open workshops
        • Representation from several UMHS departments
          • Medical school, Hospital pharmacist, Attending physician, Clinical instructor
          • Operations manager of branch health care center
        • What do you hope to get out of the class?
  • 6. Class Syllabus :
    • Low Literacy : its effect on patient health and what YOU can do about it
    • Basic literacy facts
      • NAAL
      • Health Implications
    • Evaluation of literacy levels
      • Patients
      • Office Materials
  • 7. Syllabus, continued
    • Manageable Remedies
      • Plain Language and Ask-Me-Three
      • Teach-back technique
      • Translation Services for ESL patients
      • Online Resources, just a sample
        • Healthy Roads Media
        • Podcasts for Consumer Health  
        • Learning About Diabetes, colorful handouts to print in English and Spanish.
        • Health Information Translations from The Ohio State University Medical Center, Mount Carmel Health System  and OhioHealth
  • 8. [email_address] 3. Develop MI Health Literacy Awareness Training Program Website
  • 9. 4. Provide a community forum
    • Purpose:
      • to provide practical training in improving communication with patients
    • Audience:
      • Local health providers