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Trump's HIV-HPV Blunder Reveals A Fundamental Health Care Problem
, Guest Writer
Health illiteracy is a big hurdle ― for patients and politicians alike.
Maternal Monday II -- What Is Your Moment of Obligation?
Toyin Ojora Saraki
Founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa
Through our #MaternalMonday online advocacy, we seek to create a tool and platform for health education for every woman and every child.
America's Health Literacy Conundrum: A Key to Improving the Nation's Health
Hany Abdelaal, DO
President, VNSNY CHOICE Health Plans at Visiting Nurse Service...
October is National Health Literacy Month -- a prime time to reignite discussion among professionals in the field about how
Why We're Not 'Feeling' Health Literacy
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.
Clinical psychologist in Manhattan and member of the Medical A...
If we fail to help people understand the complex and powerful emotional factors that may influence health behaviors, and to help people cope with the difficult experience associated with many medical regimens, we are missing a crucial opportunity to improve public health.
Minority Health Month Puts a Focus on Health Disparities
President at MAXIMUS, Inc., MPP from the John F. Kennedy Schoo...
Best practices, conversations and community engagement activities must continue to improve and adjust to the changing dynamics of an increasingly diverse population.
The Angelina Jolie Pitt Factor
Hollye Harrington Jacobs
Speaker, Nurse, Educator, Author www.TheSilverPen.com
Best of all, Jolie Pitt acknowledges how difficult it is to make decisions such as these. Heaven knows that I know this, both personally as a patient and professionally as a nurse.
Health Literacy: Huh?
Dr. Michael R. Mantell
Senior Fitness Consultant for Behavioral Sciences, American Co...
Without easy access, the ability to understand information, the skill in communicating concerns to raise appropriate questions, to be able to process information wisely, and then to act upon this information, I'm afraid we're still looking at very limited literacy.
Health Literacy: An Unrecognized Problem in Our Health Care System
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.
17th Surgeon General of the United States; President, Canyon R...
Americans are fortunate to have access to some of the best health care in the world, but each time we ignore the opportunity to establish thoughtful, effective communication among all our health-related entities and the people and communities they serve, everyone loses.
Improving Your Health Care Experience: A New Model
Dr. Howard K. Koh
Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and ...
At each visit, you should feel assured that you are at the center of the care process. You should be greeted in a welcoming manner, encouraged to ask questions, invited to give feedback regarding your experience, and receive simple follow-up information after you leave.
Simple Tips for Creating Patient-Friendly Health Materials
Erin N. Marcus
Academic General Internist, Writer
Clear communication from doctors, nurses, hospitals and clinics is essential for patients to manage their health care effectively. But creating easily understood materials isn't simple.
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Illiterate? Read This!
Can a lack of basic reading skills make you sick? I would not have readily made that connection but the answer is yes. According to the NNLM, a U.S. government agency.
Eat Less, Live More? Science, the Media and Health Behavior
Joseph F. Coughlin
Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab
Science, in the media and in public discussion, means that anything that runs counter to the dominant myth of how science is done and how knowledge is generated is subject to public question at best, and more often harsh criticism or humor.
Plain English About Ounces, Pounds, Dollars and Sense
David L. Katz, M.D., M.P.H.
Founder, True Health Initiative
The way we respond to obesity and related chronic disease in the U.S. is like waiting to send every adult to night school to learn English -- painfully, poorly, expensively, and late -- rather than having them grow up speaking fluently all along.
Get Your Doctor to Stop Using Medical Jargon
Richard C. Senelick MD
Neurologist, author, speaker, blogger, educator
Physicians do a terrible job at assessing a patient's health literacy. We are educating a new generation of doctors and nurses to use plain language, but in the meantime there are some steps you can take so you don't fall into the same trap that I did.
This Song Could Save Your Life!
Mache Seibel, MD
Global Leader in Women's Wellness and Menopause
To help people overcome their fear, I wrote a colonoscopy song. My idea is that if people can sing about something, they can talk about it. And if they can talk about it, they can do something about it.
Alzheimer's Disease: Is Our Health Care System Ready?
CEO & Co-founder of SharpBrains.com
Not enough attention seems focused on ensuring health care systems' preparedness to deal with cognitive health issues -- with Alzheimer's Disease as the most dramatic example.
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