Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership Blog ~ MHLP Information

The importance of relevant and accessible health information

When it comes to communication, it’s not just what you say but how you say it.

Health information can be technical and complex, and there can be an over-reliance on written communication. That’s why it’s important for patients and their caregivers to have access to usable information presented in a variety of ways so they can understand diagnoses, make treatment and prevention decisions, and evaluate health risks.

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Health Literacy Month: Tools to help improve health literacy

Health Literacy Month: Tools to help improve health literacy

Each October, health professionals and organizations across the country celebrate Health Literacy Month. It’s a time to remember the importance of health literacy. And for the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership, it’s also a great time to share ways you and other health professionals can improve health literacy within your organization and community.

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Making health information understandable and jargon-free

Nearly 90% of Americans have difficulty using everyday health information that is routinely available. That makes it harder for patients to understand their options and make responsible, well-informed health decisions.

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Happy Health Literacy Month!

Health literacy is defined as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions” (Healthy People 2010).
We know that health literacy involves more than just patients. I like to think of health literacy as being influenced by three areas:

1. The patient's ability to obtain, understand and act on health information.

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Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative

The African & American Friendship Association for Cooperation and Development, Inc., in partnership with Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment, Inc. and International Institute of Minnesota, Inc., has been awarded a grant of $200,000 for one year from the Office of Minority and Multicultural Health to implement a project under the Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative.

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Hi Katie!

I am so pleased that MHLP is continuing our partnership with the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Katie Swanson is our new VISTA volunteer.

Katie is a Wisconsin native, but has a special love for Minnesota since she graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield. She most recently resided in Lakeside, Montana where she was an on-site program coordinator for Flathead Lutheran Camp.

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Health Literacy for Seniors: Sharing our Success!

The Health Literacy Program for Minnesota Seniors (HeLP MN Seniors) hosted a wonderful celebration yesterday at Boutwells Landing Senior Living in Oak Park Heights, MN.  Attendees at the event represented public health, health care, health literacy, medical library, and health education leaders, as well as participants from the pilot workshops.  The HeLP MN Seniors team provided an overview of the program and also some demonstrations of workshop highlights.

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Blogging For Better Health

Hello and welcome to the new blog from the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership. Here’s where you’ll find the latest and greatest news on everything about health literacy.

We’d love to hear what you’d like to see discussed in the future.

So, bookmark this blog, email to a friend/colleague or add our RSS feed, and let’s start raising awareness and support for health literacy in Minnesota.

Watch for regular posts to begin later this Fall.

Alisha Ellwood (first time blogger and Chair of the Minnesota Health Literacy Partnership)

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