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Arkansas Chronic Disease Forum Conference: Prevention, Policy & Practice at Work: Advancing Million Hearts in Arkansas

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Please note: Registration will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17. The Arkansas Chronic Disease Coordinating Council (ACDCC) will host the 2015 Chronic Disease Forum Conference on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Benton Event Center in Benton, Arkansas. Registration starts at 8:00 am. The program starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:15 PM.

The Chronic disease forum is a time for Continuing Education, Networking, Motivation, Rededication to Objectives and Fun. Registration is limited. The registration fee is $49.99. To register go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/by-the-arkansas-chronic-disease-coordinating-council-registration-15356146648 A limited number of scholarships will be available. Scholarship awardees will be expected to volunteer to assist event organizers before and after the forum.

2015 Chronic Disease Forum

UAMS Department of Family and Preventive Medicine is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by South Central Accreditation Program, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Application for credit with the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy has been made.  Determination of credit is pending. Application for credit has been made with the Arkansas State Medical Board for Respiratory Therapists.  Determination of credit is pending. Application for credit has been made with the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy.  Determination of credit is pending. Application for credit with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Office of Long Term Care has been made.  Determination of credit is pending. Application for continuing education credit will be submitted to the Arkansas Dietetics Association.  Determination of credit is pending. Application for CHES (entry-level) / MCHES (advanced-level) Category I continuing education contact hours (CECH) has been made to the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC).

For registration information contact: Trena Mitchell  501-603-5225

For more information about the forum and the Arkansas Chronic Disease Coordinating Council go to: http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/chronicDisease/Initiatives/Pages/Forum.aspx

 

 

Health Literacy and Consumer Facing Technology

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Join the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy on March 24, 2015 for the workshop . The workshop will include presentations on health literate digital design strategies, consumer engagement in health IT, health IT and select populations and reactors from industry, federal government, and non-profit sectors. The workshop will take place in Washington, DC and be webcast for free on the IOM website. For more information, registration, and webcast please visit: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2015-MAR-24.aspx    

 

March Meeting

Patient and Community Engagement: Of the people, by the people, and for the people

Do you regularly engage the people you serve in shaping your health literacy programs, practices, and policies?  Are the people that you engage representative of the populations you serve?  What strategies can be used to help you tailor your work to the health literacy needs of the clients you serve? Carla Sparks will discuss patient and community engagement principles, strategies, and practices to promote health literacy and promote learning and innovation within your organization overall.

 Carla Sparks, MPH Carla pic1is the Director of Patient Centered Initiatives and Community Engagement at the Center for Health Literacy (CHL) at UAMS. In this role, she works with UAMS Family Medical Centers to facilitate patient engagement, and on patient and community-based plain language field testing internally and for CHL clients such as the Arkansas Insurance Department, and the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement. Formerly, as Community Liaison for the  UAMS College of Public Health, Office of Community-Based Public Health, she served as a college-wide resource supporting faculty, students, and communities in community-based public health and community-based participatory research activities, and was also an adjunct faculty member of the Health Policy and Management Department of the UAMS College of Public Health.

 Ms. Sparks received her BS in Mathematics from Philander Smith College of Little Rock, AR and her Master of Public Health from the UAMS Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health. Ms. Sparks has over 20 years experience in training and organization development through her work in the corporate/private sector. Through her work at UAMS, she has served on a campus-wide taskforce focused on reducing racial and ethnic health disparities, and as a leader and member of the Boards of several different nonprofit/community-based organizations. Ms. Sparks also has experience as an organization development consultant providing capacity building training and technical assistance on topics such as Board development, strategic planning, team-building, etc. to community-based organizations in the State.

 The meeting will be at the AR Department of Health in the Lab Training Room #2508. Video teleconferencing will be available, so please let me know if you need help with arrangements at [email protected].

 

University of Arkansas Medical Centers Improving Care with AHRQ’s CUSP and Health Literacy Toolkit

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) has implemented several AHRQ tools—including the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) and the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit—with some eye-catching results!

Check is out here: http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/case-studies/201421.html#.VMkLn-T6YHs.facebook

2015 Mid-Winter Conference Summary

The Partnership for Health Literacy in Arkansas held its 2015 Mid-Winter Conference at the central office of the Arkansas Department of Health in Little Rock on January 22, 2015. This year’s theme was “How to Help Parents with Low Literacy Understand Nutrition”. We had several knowledgeable speakers to address this theme.

Our first speaker for the day was Rachel Townsend, director of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance’s Cooking Matters Program. Townsend reviewed the program and its specialized curricula for teach nutrition to parents, families, teens, and kids. She also discussed cultural literacy and Cooking Matters’ methods for training volunteers, as well as changes the program has made to more successfully reach its target audience.

Our second presentation was by Deborah Shirey, DNP, FNP and Marilou Shreve, DNP, PNP from the University of Arkansas Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. Shirey and Shreve discussed obesity statistics, comorbidities, and risks associated with obesity in the pediatric population. They described the need for limiting sugar and fat intake, and for implementing behavioral changes that lead to healthier eating and physical activity. Some of these changes include: decrease snacking, decrease eating outside of the home, and turn off the TV and eat at the table.

Leanne Whiteside-Mansell, Ed.D. and Taren Swindle, Ph.D. conducted our last presentation. Their discussion focused on putting yourself in the shoes of the children and families you work with. They advised using plain language, simple messages, and an empathetic attitude. The three key messages they encouraged participants to deliver to parents were: role model positive behavior, allow children to choose if they eat and how much, and ask about hunger instead of requiring children to “clean their plate”.

We wrapped up the program with Joy Rockenbach, who presented on the work of ARCOP and helped facilitate a discussion on how to take things learned at the conference and use them in daily work.

Materials from the conference are below. Videos to come.

Health Literacy Conference 2015 (3)

ShireyShreve2015Healthy Lifestyle Habits in Pediatric and Adolescent

Townsend2015 Cooking Matters Health Literacy and Nutrition Ed

 

 

February Meeting

 

UPDATE: This meeting has been canceled due to inclement  weather.

 

Our Partnership for Health Literacy Meeting will be Friday, February 20th at 1:30 p.m. Eric Crumbaugh, Pharm.D., APA Director of Clinical Programs will be speaking on the simplifying of medicine instructions and medication adherence. Explicit, standardized instructions that improve patients’ understanding, and possibly reduce errors while improving adherence, are now available from the AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pharmhealthlit/index.html These tested instructions for pills follow the Universal Medication Schedule (UMS), which simplifies complex medicine regimens by using standard time periods for administration (morning, noon, evening, and bedtime). The instructions have also been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

To access the instructions in all six languages, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pharmhealthlit/prescriptionmed-instr.html.

To learn about other tools and resources available from the AHRQ’s Pharmacy Health Literacy Center, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pharmhealthlit/index.html.

The meeting will be at the AR Department of Health Room #2508.  Video teleconferencing will be available, so please let me know if you need help with arrangements at [email protected]. See below at our calendar for upcoming events.

PHLA Meeting Calendar 2015

 

Tufts University School of Medicine’s Health Communication Summer Institute 2015

 

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Health communication is critical in today’s fast changing health care landscape. Find out about Tufts University School of Medicine’s Health Communication Summer Institute 2015 here: http://publichealth.tufts.edu/Academics/HCOM-Program/Summer-Institute  

To look at the brochure and see what Tufts has to offer, please click the link below.

Health Communication Summer Institute Brochure 2015

 

 

IHA’s 14th Annual Health Literacy Conference

ConferencepageArt1thinIHA’s 14th Annual Health Literacy Conference will be held May 6-8, 2015 at the Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, California, 92614.

Conference participants had the opportunity to learn about practical and effective health literacy solutions, ranging from how to write and design effective communication to tools for addressing low health insurance literacy and numeracy skills.   IHA’s conference also offers attendees interactive experiences that included the Live Media Event on Stories and Lessons-Learned from the Affordable Care Act and breakout sessions that taught participants how to use Twitter to convey simple health messages and a skills workshop in which attendees learned best practices from actual low literacy learners and their tutors.

Tuition fees start as low as $299. Register by April 10, 2015, to receive the discounted rates. Click here for the Tuition Schedule: http://www.iha4health.org/iha-conference/

Questions? Please contact Michael Villaire:

 

Explicit and Standardized Prescription Medicine Instructions

Explicit, standardized instructions that improve patients’ understanding, and possibly reduce errors while improving adherence, are now available from the AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center. These tested instructions for pills follow the Universal Medication Schedule (UMS), which simplifies complex medicine regimens by using standard time periods for administration (morning, noon, evening, and bedtime). The instructions have also been translated into Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

To access the instructions in all six languages, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/pharmhealthlit/prescriptionmed-instr.html.