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Health Literacy and Information Seeking Web Sources

American College of Physicians Foundation & Institute of Medicine

Advances in Health Literacy.  An executive summary of Advances in HL conference  2007 - Retrieved August 15, 2009, from http://foundation.acponline.org/files/hcc2007_exsum.pdf

Description:  This is a collection of lectures given at the Sixth Annual National Health Communication Conference in 2007.

Fifth annual national health communication conference - Executive summary of the above mentioned conference. Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.acpfoundation.org/docs/conferences/2007%20files/hcc2007_exsum.pdf

Description:  This is the summary of a conference to provide real solutions to address low health literacy.

Primary Audience:  Professionals and Public

American Medical Association (AMA)

Improving Communication—Improving Care -  This is a report that investigates the process of patient-centered communication and its importance to provide high-quality, ethical care. Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.mihealthandsafety.org/pdfs/06-improving-communication1.pdf

Description:  This is a report that investigates the process of patient-centered communication and its importance to provide high-quality, ethical care.

Primary Audience:   Public

B.C. Literacy and Health Research and Practice Workshop

Working Together on Literacy and Health Research (final report) - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.nald.ca/library/research/2005nat/si-fin05.pdf

Description:  This is the summary of four-day workshop about health literacy in Canada.

Primary Audience:  Professionals

Center for Global E-health Innovation

A Mobile Phone Based Remote Patient Monitoring System for Chronic Disease Management - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.ehealthinnovation.org/dh

Description:  A project summary about the remote patient monitoring system developed by University Health Network in University Toronto.

Primary Audience:  Professionals

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)

Health Literacy Fact Sheets - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.chcs.org/publications3960/publications_show.htm?doc_id=291711

Description:  This website provides education information for consumers with low health literacy skills. The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. is a nonprofit health policy resource center dedicated to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of publicly financed health care.

Primary Audience:  Public

Center for Health Literacy Promotion

Action Research for the Effective Use of Health Info & Services - Retrieved December 9, 2009 from http://www.healthliteracypromotion.com/index.html

Description:  The Center for Health Literacy Promotion is a research organization dedicated to enabling adults to use health information and services in ways that promote health.

Primary Audience:  Public

The Council of State Governments

State Official’s Guide to Health literacy - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.csg.org/pubs/Documents/SOG02HealthLiteracy.PDF

Description:  This document helps the readers to understand the problem of low health literacy. It provides the guideline how to improve health literacy. The Council of State Governments (CSG) is the multi-branch organization of the states and U.S. territories.

Primary Audience:  Public

Department of Health and Human Services

Communicating Health: Priorities and Strategies for Progress, Objective 11-2 Improvement of Health Literacy - Retrieved August 15, 2009, from http://odphp.osophs.dhhs.gov/projects/healthcomm/objective2.htm

Description:  This website provides the information how to improve the health literacy of persons with inadequate or marginal literacy skills.

Primary Audience:  Public

Digital Library of Information Science and Technology

http://dlist.sir.arizona.edu/view/subjects/isb.html

Description:  A library site with collections for the subject of Information Seeking Behaviors

Primary Audience:  Professionals

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Literacy and Health in America - Retrieved August 15, 2009, from http://www.ets.org/Media/Research/pdf/PICHEATH.pdf

Description:  This report investigates the relationships between literacy and health using data from large-scale surveys of adult literacy. ETS is a nonprofit organization to advance quality and equity in education for all people worldwide.

Primary Audience:  Public

Higher Education Resource Hub

Promoting Health Information Literacy - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.higher-ed.org/aeq/mo2283fe04.htm

Description:  An article that is written by C. Ed Hsu, Ph.D Assistant Professor of Health Management and Policy. This article explores the potential areas for collaboration between the faculty of health sciences and academic library in enhancing the information literacy of public health discipline.

Primary Audience:  Public

IHA Institute for Healthcare Advancement

Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.iha4health.org/

Description:  The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) is a not-for-profit, 501 (c)(3) private operating foundation with a mission of empowering people to better health. 

Primary Audience:  Public

Information & Education Division California Family Health Council

The High Cost of Low Health Literacy: What We Can Do? - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://epa.cfhc.org/consulting/articles/20060518healthlit.htm

Description:  This webpage provides a summary of the cost of health literacy (HL) and how health care professionals can help in reducing the cost of low HL. The webpage is from produced by the Information & Education Division of California Family Health Council, a non-profit organization.

Primary Audience:  Professionals

Literacy Assistance  Center

The Intersection of Health and Literacy - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://lacnyc.org/

Description:  This website includes some basic information about the health and literacy. Literacy Assistance Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the expansion of quality literacy services in New York.

Primary Audience:  Public

Medical Library Association

Health Information Literacy - Retrieved April 10th, 2009, from http://mlanet.org/resources/healthlit/index.html

Description:  Medical Library Association is founded in 1898, and it is a non-profit, educational organization. This site provides valuable health information for professionals and the general public.

Primary Audience:  Professionals and public

National Academy on an Aging Society

Low Health Literacy Skills Increase Annual Health Care Expenditures by $73 Billion - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.agingsociety.org/agingsociety/publications/fact/fact_low.html

Description:  This fact sheet tells us that the low health literacy skills increase annual health care expenditures by $73 billion in 1994.

Primary Audience:  Public

National Academies Press

A collection of the reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council - Retrieved December 9, 2009 from: http://www.nap.edu/.  Search using the keyword phrase "health literacy"
 
Primary Audience:  Professionals

National Center for Educational Statistics

A first look at the literacy o America's adults in the 21st century - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://nces.ed.gov/NAAL/PDF/2006470.PDF

Description:  This report is a summary of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) assessed the English literacy of adults in the United States (2003).

The Health Literacy of America’s Adults Results From the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy -  Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2006/2006483.pdf

Description:  Executive summary of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) assessed the English literacy of adults in the United States (2003). It examines the relationship between demographic characteristics and literacy.

Primary Audience:  Professionals

The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

"Promoting Health Literacy: Strategies for Healthcare Providers," (Sept. 30, 2009). OJIN, 14(3) -Retrieved December 9, 2009, from www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol142009/No3Sept09/

Pfizer Public Health & Policy Group. Pfizer Principles for Clear Health Communication-Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.pfizerhealthliteracy.com

Description:  This is an e-handbook that helps in developing patient education materials to enhance understanding and promote health outcomes.

Primary Audience:  Professionals

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS)

Quick Guide to Health Literacy - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.health.gov/communication/literacy/quickguide/factsbasic.htm

Description:  This article is a quick guide that presents basic facts about HL including its definition, importance, people at risk to have low HL and the responsibility of public health professionals to improve HL. It is provided by Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, USDHHS.

Literacy and Health Outcomes - Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.ahrq.gov/downloads/pub/evidence/pdf/literacy/literacy.pdf

Description:  This research reveals that low health literacy is associated with several adverse health outcomes, such as low health knowledge, increase incidence of chronic illness, poorer intermediate disease markers, and less than optimal use of preventive health services.

Primary Audience:  Public

White House Conference on Aging (2005)

Mini‐Conference on Health Literacy & Health Disparities - Executive summary of the above mentioned conference. Retrieved August 15, 2009,  from http://www.whcoa.gov/about/policy/meetings/mini_conf/HLHD_07_2005.pdf

Description:  This article summarizes the proposed solutions for the aging population with low health literacy, such as using simple, clear, plain language, and simplifying and standardizing written and oral communication to improve patient understanding, etc. 

Primary Audience:  Public