Oral Health Literacy Workshop Summary Released by Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2013. Oral health literacy: Workshop summary, Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a Workshop to examine research findings and discuss issues relative to health literacy and oral health. With low awareness among the public and health care providers about risk factors and prevention strategies for many oral diseases, Workshop presenters covered topics such as health disparities in oral health, costs associated with oral disease, and the relationship between oral health and overall health. CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., and CRI Board Member /about/leadership/board-of-directors2/board-bios/kavita-patel” target=”_blank”>Kavita Patel, M.D., M.S.H.S., serve on the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy.

Online Publication Guides Parents in Talking to Kids about Weight

Across America, 1 in 3 children is overweight or obese, but parents struggle with what to say in response to questions about weight.The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance and Alliance for A Healthier Generation jointly developed a research-based online guide “Weigh In: Talking to Your Children About Weight and Health.” The guide helps prepare parents for family conversations. It provides practical information about seven real-world situations in which questions are likely to arise and tips for how to responsibly respond.

2011 National Healthcare Disparities Report

Since 2003, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has tracked national trends in a broad array of measures of health care quality and access, documenting disparities in factors that affect Americans’ access to health care and the quality of the health care they receive. As with health literacy, these disparities can prevent individuals from receiving the health care they need or prevent them from providing health care for their loved ones. Ultimately, the result is higher health disparities, disability, and death from preventable diseases. Understanding the nature and root causes of these disparities is crucial if all Americans are to experience the benefits of improvements in health care, including access to preventive measures and information as well as appropriate disease treatments.

National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2011 (AHRQ Publication No. 12-0006). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy Releases Report on Global Health Literacy Initiatives

Health Literacy Around the World: Part I – Health Literacy Efforts Outside of the United States; authored by Andrew Pleasant

To enhance global understanding of the growing field of health literacy, the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy commissioned CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., to develop a report on health literacy efforts around the world. In Part 1, Andrew describes health literacy work outside of the United States, including research, programs, and policy efforts. Part 2 of the report will focus on health literacy efforts within the United States.

Report on Arts for Behavior Change (ABC) Program Details Theater for Health Approach

Arts for Behavior Change (ABC) Program in Lima, Perú: A Public Health Partnership of Canyon Ranch Institute and The Clorox Company; authored by Maura Pereira-León, Andrew Pleasant, Jennifer Cabe, and Andre de Quadros

Theater for Health is a new form of theater developed specifically for the Arts for Behavior Change (ABC) Program developed by the CRI partnership with The Clorox Company in collaboration with the Boston University College of Fine Arts. The initial demonstration of the program was conducted in two neighboring shantytown communities of Lima, Perú, during October, November, and December 2011.

LIVESTRONG Releases New Publication about Care for Post-Treatment Cancer Survivors

Essential Elements of Survivorship Care: A LIVESTRONG Brief

More people are surviving cancer treatment, resulting in a new area of clinical practice and research: post-treatment survivorship. To address the lack of consensus about how to prepare and present effective responses to survivors in post-treatment, CRI partner LIVESTRONG convened a meeting in Washington, D.C., in September 2011. The Essential Elements brief includes a description of the meeting and the outcomes as well as recommendations for next steps. CRI President Richard H Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, serves on the Essential Elements Advisory Committee, and CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., was a table facilitator and participant in the Essential Elements meeting.

STOP Obesity Alliance Report Emphasizes Role of Community Health Centers in Addressing Obesity

Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance

CRI partner The George Washington University’s Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance released results of research that examined the readiness of primary care providers in community health centers (CHCs) to work with patients who have weight-related conditions. The number of newly insured patients who are entering the health care system with the Affordable Care Act is expected to significantly increase the need for obesity-related services at CHCs. The paper, titled “Improving Obesity Management in Primary Care and Community Health Centers,” includes the CRI Life Enhancement Program as an example of a program in place at CHCs that can serve as a model for others.

Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy Workshop Summary Includes CRI Presentation

Promoting Health Literacy to Encourage Prevention and Wellness: Workshop Summary

During a workshop held September 15, 2009, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy explored ways to integrate health literacy into primary and secondary prevention. CRI Executive Director and Board Member Jennifer Cabe, M.A., presented “The Potential and Challenges of Highlighting Health Literacy.” This IOM publication includes the workshop presentations and related documents.

Health Literacy Measurement: A Proposed Research Agenda

Published in the Journal of Health Communication, 16:sup3, 11-21, authored by Andrew Pleasant, Julie McKinney & R.V. Rikard

CRI Health Literacy and Research Director Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., is the lead author of this discussion of how the growth of the health literacy field can benefit from alignment of key components, such as definition and measures.

Abstract: Although the field of health literacy is experiencing tremendous growth in terms of producing peer-reviewed journal articles and attracting practitioners, the foundation of that growth is potentially unstable. Despite a steady increase in their number, existing measures and screeners of health literacy are not based on an accepted conceptual framework and fail to align with the growing body of theoretical and applied work. Existing measures are mainly focused on assessing what individuals can read and understand in clinical contexts. This leaves important factors untested, such as how individuals use information, and how health professionals and systems communicate with patients. This article outlines key elements of a proposed research agenda focusing on development of a new, comprehensive approach to measuring health literacy.

STOP Obesity Alliance Task Force Makes Essential Health Benefits Recommendations

STOP Obesity Alliance’s Essential Health Benefits Task Force Essential Health Benefits Recommendations

CRI and 11 other members of the STOP Obesity Alliance comprised STOP’s Essential Health Benefits Task Force. The Task Force released  recommendations supporting the inclusion of obesity-related services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ essential health benefits (EHB) package. The EHB package will outline a minimum standard of coverage required by all health plans offered through health insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by 2014. The recommendations were submitted to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and supported by a second letter to Secretary Sebelius from CRI President and STOP Obesity Alliance Health and Wellness Chairperson Richard H. Carmona.

STOP Obesity Alliance Revises Policy Recommendations

Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance

The STOP Obesity Alliance added a fifth policy recommendation about where both the private and public sectors can impact the nation’s ongoing struggle with overweight and obesity.