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Portage County Health Literacy Coalition


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Presentation given at the 4th Wisconsin Health Information Outreach Summit (Health Literacy) on August 11, 2010

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Portage County Health Literacy Coalition

  1. 1. Portage County <br />Health Literacy Coalition<br />
  2. 2. Beginnings…<br />
  3. 3. As of June 2009<br />
  4. 4. Mission<br />To improve health outcomes in our community by educating and encouraging patients and health care providers to communicate effectively with each other regarding health care.<br />
  5. 5. English classes - PCLC<br />
  6. 6. “While English class may conjure up the memory of diagramming sentences or spelling bees for some of us, for our adult learners this spring it included strapping their teacher to a backboard and learning what happens when you call 911 as they simulated a car crash with volunteer EMT’s at the library…”<br />An excerpt from PCLC June 2009 newsletter<br />
  7. 7. “High Blood Pressure”<br />“How do you catch it?”<br />“The doctor gave him pills to take, but they didn’t work. Why does he have to keep taking them?” <br />
  8. 8. Lifestylechanges…<br />
  9. 9.
  10. 10. A celebration of HEALTH<br />
  11. 11. Aging & Disability Resource Center Workshops<br />
  12. 12. Touched Twice Clinic <br />Woodlands Church, Plover<br />Fall 2009<br />Health Ambassadors assisted low-income participants by practicing the <br />“Ask Me 3” questions<br />
  13. 13. Presentations offered to employers<br />How to Talk to Health Care Professionals<br /><ul><li>One hour workshop
  14. 14. Used curriculum from MSTC
  15. 15. Participants had various educational levels
  16. 16. Covered “Ask Me 3” questions
  17. 17. Most showed improvement (pre- & post-tests scores)</li></li></ul><li>Short Term Goals (< 1 year)<br />Recruit additional appropriate members to coalition<br />Educate team members regarding health literacy and research strategies<br />Identify strategies that will lead to success, create work plan and determine how results will be measured<br />Pursue new opportunities to educate public on health literacy topics<br />
  18. 18. Mid-Term Goals (2-5 years)<br />Providers will be educated on and sensitive to health literacy issues in their patients, which will help to create an environment accepting of asking questions. <br />Patients will begin using new communications skills in provider interactions.<br />On-going funding sources for the coalition will be established.<br />Networking will occur with other groups around health literacy (Wisconsin Literacy)<br />
  19. 19. Long-term Goals (5+ years)<br />Patients will become advocates of their own care.<br />Health care providers will be able to effectively communicate with patients of all levels of literacy.<br />Continued networking and collaboration with groups within and outside of our community with regard to health literacy.<br />
  20. 20. Future ideas…<br />Marketing message:<br />How would you describe a health situation that:<br />
  21. 21. Threatens every person <br />in the US, regardless of age, race, education or income level.<br />
  22. 22. Is estimated to cost <br />tens of billions of dollars per year<br />
  23. 23. Can’t be detected by a physical exam, a blood test, or a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging system<br />
  24. 24. Is not yet a top priority for public policy and government decision makers<br />
  25. 25. Would you call it a public health emergency?<br />
  26. 26. This is NOT a fictional scenario<br />
  27. 27. It exists<br />
  28. 28. It exists<br />…and it is called….<br />
  29. 29. Low Health Literacy<br />
  30. 30. If you’d like more information:<br />Contact:<br />Sarah Halstead<br />Portage County Literacy Council<br /><br />Tricia Lee<br />Saint Michael’s Foundation<br /><br />