Center for Health Literacy Promotion
A research organization dedicated to enabling adults to use health information and services in ways that promote health.
Data-driven maternal health literacy
promotion and a postscript on its
This article explores findings and implications of the Life Skills Progression Maternal Health Literacy studies. These LSPMHL
studies evaluated implementations of an intervention designed to promote health literacy in parents and empower women
in the U.S. First, the article reports findings of the most recent of five published LSP-MHL studies with discussion of its implications
for future work in this line of inquiry. A postscript highlights two of many implications of the LSP-MHL intervention
studies for health literacy research in the third era of modern healthcare.
The Worldwide Universities Health Literacy Network
met for two days in
conjunction with the Global Public Health Challenge in Southampton,
England May 19-23, 2012. Sandra Smith presented a summary of the Center
for Health Literacy Promotion's action research program on promoting
maternal health literacy as means of preventing non-communicable disease
at the foundation of personal and public health. View the slides
and read Dr Smith's commentary.
Some findings are preliminary. All materials are copyrighted. For more information on the research see Research Summaries.
At the first Annual Research Meeting at the University of Washington
Tower Sandra Smith presented a scientific poster on preliminary results
of a study on the impacts of maternal depression on mothers’ health
literacy in the context of home visitation. To view the poster click here
Engaging Differences in Healthcare
Sandra Smith October 2006
To read the text click here
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Consumers, the health system and health literacy:
Taking action to improve safety and quality.
SAM Guide to selecting or producing health education materials that work
This 36 page guide to selecting and producing health education materials
that work for a particular audience uses the SAM Suitability Assessment
of Materials with examples from the Beginnings Pregnancy Guide.
The SAM synthesizes mounds of research on adult learning to rate
materials on 21 factors known to affect comprehension and usability of
information. It produces a a score that is useful for comparing
materials under consideration and for evaluating information under
development. Click here to download.
Beginnings Guides and Healthy Start Goals
Beginnings Pregnancy Guide translates the science of prenatal care into
actionable understandable guidance for a healthy pregnancy. It puts into print
the health promotion content of prenatal care as defined by the US Public
Health Service Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care.
to find out more.
Boston University Health Literacy Research Conference
2010 Conference Proceedings
AHRQ Innovations Exchange
Home Visits Using Reflective Approach Improve Functional Health Literacy Among Low-Income Pregnant Women and New Parents
Nearly nine out of 10 adults have difficulty using everyday health
information to make good health decisions. The IOM Roundtable on Health
Literacy held a meeting on May 27, 2010, to explore areas for research
in health literacy, the relationship between health literacy and health
disparities, and ways to apply information technology to improve health
*Sandra Smith is a reviewer for this publication
Patient Education Blog: No Time To Teach-The Essence of Patient & Family Education
for Health Care Providers
Health Literacy Institute
The premier learning opportunity in plain language health communication
Health Literacy Special Collection
Tools and resources for Health Literacy initiatives
The Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective is a health literacy resource from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
This National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy
seeks to engage organizations, professionals, policymakers,
communities, individuals, and families in a linked, multisector effort
to improve health literacy.
Webinar: “Mining the web: Useful internet resources on health, culture and diversity.”
Download the presentation slides and the resource document at http://www.diversityrx.org/events/webinar12
Future webinars are in the works! Presented Julia Puebla Fortier, Executive Director of DiversityRx
National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved
Parents as Teachers National Center, St. Louis: Missouri Parents as Teachers (PAT) Functional Health Literacy Demonstration Project
will integrate health literacy education into its PAT
home-based parent education program. This program will increase:
- PAT parent educators’ knowledge of functional health literacy (FHL).
parent educators’ (PE) ability to accurately and comprehensively assess
families’ health literacy needs and improve ability to triage resources
- Functional health literacy in participating PAT families in Butler County, MO.
County Health Rankings Show There is More to Health Than Health Care
healthy is your county? A new set of reports rank the overall health of
nearly every county in the nation, confirming for the second year the
critical role that factors such as education, jobs, income, environment
and access to health care play in how healthy people are and how long
NLM updated the Health Literacy Special Query http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/queries/health_literacy.html
one of the Special Queries, to retrieve more health literacy relevant
records in PubMed. The pre-formulated search now includes retrieval of
citations to articles about self-care perception and articles about
comprehension of food labels.
See more “preformulated” searches on PubMed online at
Any way they are defined, any way they
are measured, health and literacy are inextricably linked. Parents’ literacy is
a determinant of child health. Low literacy is a barrier to delivery of
healthcare services and home visitation services. Achieving family goals and
program goals for health, school readiness, healthy child development, and
self-sufficiency depends on parents’ ability to use information and resources.
For these reasons, literacy should be a priority for all MCH home visiting
Self-Assessment for Cultural Competence
Demographic and caseload changes related to culturally/linguistically
diverse (CLD) populations require cultural competence in order to
provide clinically competent services. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association resources were developed to
help you reflect on your current level of cultural competence to
increase and improve service delivery.
A series of checklists were developed to heighten your awareness of providing services to CLD populations.
Health plans need culturally and
linguistically appropriate materials for non-English speaking patients.
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Click here
to read more.
To download the original document click here
Health Literacy Resources
Attributes of a Health Literate Organization
To download the document click here.
Free Online Course - Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals
Gateway to Health Communication & Social Marketing Practice
Clear Communication: A NIH Health Literacy Initiative
Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit
HRSA-Culture, Language and Health Literacy
In this Editorial in the January edition of Journal of Health Communication,
Asst Secretary for Health, Howard Koh and health literacy experts say
that implementing ObamaCare requires a new commitment to
"person-centered care" in which people (not just patients) have
knowledge and both professional and social support to engage in
info-seeking, decision making and self management. This brings health
literacy promotion to the forefront. It broadens the concept beyond
reading and skillfully crafted information, beyond understanding and
decision-making to health-promoting action, beyond the doctors' office
and hospital into families and communities. This article is not subject
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From the Health Literacy Missouri Blog - "When Hugs Hurt"
The Cochrane Collaboration
is an international
network of people helping healthcare providers, policy makers, patients,
their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about human
health care by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews
– published online in The Cochrane Library
The Campbell Collaboration helps people make well-informed decisions by
preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in
education, crime and justice, and social welfare.
ED/IES What Works Clearinghouse US Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences-A central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.
RAND Corporation’s Promising Practices Network website is a unique resource that offers credible,
research-based information on what works to improve the lives of
children and families.
Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy seeks to increase government effectiveness through the use of rigorous evidence about what works.
Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) Project The Department of Health and Human Services launched Home Visiting
Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) to conduct a thorough and
transparent review of the home visiting research literature and provide
an assessment of the evidence of effectiveness for home visiting
programs models that target families with pregnant women and children
from birth to age 5.
National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs (SAMHSA) is a searchable online registry of more than 190 interventions
supporting mental health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
The George Lucas Education Foundation
OMB: Program Assessment Rating Tool
Accreditation Criteria and Standards of the National
Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC has offered a national, voluntary accreditation system to set
professional standards for early childhood education programs, and to
help families identify high-quality programs.
Early Head Start Research to Practice Guidance
Cayuga County’s (NY) Partnership for Results The Partnership for Results is an innovative quasi-governmental entity
dedicated to promoting the positive social, emotional, and educational
development of youth and their families. Directed by leaders of public
education, mental health, social services, health, and law enforcement
agencies in Cayuga County
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Learning is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.
The Incredible Years “The results of this literature review and synthesis confirm that
systematic implementation practices are essential to any national attempt to
use the products of science—such as evidence-based programs—to improve the
lives of its citizens.”
MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA
is excited to announce the availability of a new resource for MCH
professionals working in state agencies and at the community level who
seek to advance their learning and skills mastery. The MCH Navigator
is a learning portal that links individuals to existing open-access
training, organized in areas consistent with nationally endorsed public
health and MCH leadership competencies. For those wishing to “jump in” and explore the learning resources linked in the MCH Navigator system, there is a MCH Navigator Web Tour
. Those seeking more complete information about the overall MCH Navigator project can find a short video presentation at http://navigator.mchtraining.net/wp-content/blogs.dir/5/files/PPT_Navigator/
TO THREE polled Americans on what they think elected
officials should do for infants, toddlers, and families during
the First 100 Days in office, and asked what communities
need to ensure young children’s healthy development.
The students in the University of Washington Maternal and Child Health
(MCH) Program and in other MCH schools of public health training
programs nationwide created a visual narrative of the public health work
and research they are doing in their communities.
You can view the presentation at
HOME VISITING PROGRAMS/RESEARCH
Archived Webinar: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Evidence-Based Home Visiting
New scientific discoveries about the lifelong impacts of adverse
childhood experiences shed light on the intergenerational benefits of
presentation is aimed at people working with young children and families
and anyone interested in parenting and child development.
Home Visiting Programs Provide Opportunity for Enhancing Health Literacy by Sandra Smith
To read more click here from the Northwest Bulletin http://depts.washington.edu/nwbfch/
Aspiranet-Welcome Home Baby
Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) Project
Healthy Families America
Nurse Family Partnership
Parents as Teachers
Community-Based Doula's Make a Difference in Indiana — Abstract
Indiana Perinatal Network is collaborating with the Healthy Families
Indiana MOM Project to implement the Community-Based Doula program in
Indianapolis, Indiana... The doulas are committed to positively
impacting the lives of the families they serve, and the Beginnings
Guides have helped make this possible.(read the whole article)
This website contains information on tests and procedures related to pregnancy that may be performed either to diagnose existing problems or screen for potential problems. Excellent resource for pregnant individuals and educators.
Understanding Prenatal Tests
is a chart of common prenatal tests, how they are done, when, and for
what purpose. This chart is a useful reference, but will need
translation to plain language when discussing with parents.
Appropriateness of a test depends on family history of an inherited
condition (e.g. muscular dystrophy), ethnic background (e.g. sickle cell
anemia, Tay-Sachs), and mother’s age >35.
to the birth of your baby, your health care professional may recommend
one or more of the following tests. Ask your health care professional if
any of these tests are right for you
U. S. Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Service
(1989) Caring for our future: The content of prenatal care. A report of
the Public Health Service Expert Panel on the Content of Prenatal Care.
NIH Publication No. 90-3182 Washington, DC: National Institutes of
Oral Health for Infants, Children, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women:
Path is an electronic guide to recent resources that analyze data,
describe effective programs, and report on policy and research aimed at
improving access to and the quality of oral health care.
Updated September 2010
Surgeon Generals Call to Action to support breastfeeding
Jan 20, 2011
Postpartum Support International is dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal
mood and anxiety disorders, including postpartum depression, the most
common complication of childbirth. We also work to educate family, friends and healthcare providers so that
moms and moms-to-be can get the support they need and recover.
The Marcé Society's
principal aim is to promote, facilitate and
communicate about research into all aspects of the mental health of
women, their infants and partners around the time of childbirth. This
involves a broad range of research activities ranging from basic science
through to health services research.
PARENTING/EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Infant and Newborn Care: MedLine Plus
Center for Disease Control & Prevention
The Department of Health and Human Services 2011 Poverty Guidelines
Social and Emotional Development in Children and Adolescents Knowledge
2011 Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old
Research and Training Center on Early Childhood
The Pathways Mapping Initiative
. Address Children Ready for School and Succeeding at
Third Grade, Successful Young Adulthood, and Prevention of Child Abuse and
A policymaker’s primer on education research.
Adverse Effects of Vaccines:
Evidence and Causality
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New Video by Ron Lally- "Why America's Babies are Crying."
Lally, ZERO TO THREE Board Member and Co-Director of WestEd's Center
for Child & Family Studies, recently released a three-minute
advocacy video, Why America's Babies are Crying
The video outlines the proposed cuts to services for babies made by the
U.S. House of Representatives and asks viewers to take action. You can also visit the website www.invisibleneglect.org
to find specific funding recommendations for programs serving babies in FY 2011 and FY 2012.
EthnoMed contains information about cultural beliefs, medical issues and related topics pertinent to the health care of immigrants to Seattle or the US, many of whom are refugees fleeing war-torn parts of the world.
PubMed Health is Now Available!
PubMed Health is a consumer health Web site produced by the National
Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National
Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
PubMed Health provides up-to-date information on diseases, conditions,
injuries, drugs, supplements, treatment options, and healthy living,
with a special focus on comparative effectiveness research from
institutions around the world.
The LSP is a quick, easy-to-use outcome measurement and intervention
planning instrument designed specifically for use with low income
parents during pregnancy and early parenting. It shows strengths, needs
and progress on individual, family, caseload and program levels.
Systems Practices for the Care of Socially at Risk Populations
National Child Abuse And Neglect Data System Glossary
Definitions of terms related to abuse and neglect from the Dept of Health & Human Services, Children’s Bureau
provides resources for teens, parents, friends and
family, Peer Advocates, government officials, law enforcement officials
and the general public. All communication is confidential and anonymous.
Medline Plus-Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
Consumer Product Safety Commission
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