What happened in 2017

  • How can health literacy promote and help people manage their mental health? 

    MHFWNetwork Webinar, October 2017

    Prof Gill Rowlands, Professor of General Practice at Newcastle University, Joint Clinical Advisor on Health Literacy to NHS England, discussed the role of health literacy in mental health. Please click here to find out more.

  • International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health- special issue 

    Health Literacy in Context - Settings, Media and Populations 

    Guest editors: Prof.Dr. Don Nutbeam, Prof.Dr. Diane Levin-Zamir and Prof. Dr Gill Rowlands

    Health literacy has been defined and conceptualised in multiple ways, but almost all definitions have the same core elements describing the skills that enable individuals to obtain, understand and use information to make decisions - and take actions - that will have an impact on their health.

     

    These health literacy skills can be applied to the full range of determinants of health (personal, social and environmental).

     

    Previous research has established that these skills and abilities are mediated by environmental demands and situational complexities. We encourage submission of papers that report on:

    • the relationships between physical and scoical environments, and health literacy

    • interventions to reduce environmental demands and complexity, including, for example, interventions to reduce the organisational and administrative complexity of health services

    • health literacy interventions that are responsvie to cultural preferences

    • health literacy interventions using the prefered media of disengaged populations.

     

    For further reading, please follow the link to the Special Issue Website. Abstract deadline 30 April 2018

  • Embracing Self-Care for life 

    Self-care week, Conference September 2017 Imperial College London 

    Our very own Mike Oliver, who is championing work on health literacy in Stoke-on-Trent, presented at this year's conference:

     

     

    I attended the 19th Annual Self Care Conference: “Self Care for Life” organised by the Self Care Forum on 26thSeptember.  The Self Care Forum define Self Care as: “The actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness.”  

     

    Clearly there a strong links with health literacy. I really like the concept of the Self Care Continuum (see picture below) as it recognises that the day to day choices we make (with the support of others) when we are lucky to be relatively healthy are as applicable to self care as those actions we need to take when we are living with long-term conditions. 

     

     

    I think that Health Literacy underpins the whole Self Care Continuum.   The information we receive and try to act on from health and wellbeing providers is vital in lifestyle choices as it is in living with long-term conditions or when we are receiving care in hospital . 

     

    The presentation I gave at the conference was to share a project we are establishing in Stoke-on-Trent to help organisations become “Health Literacy Friendly”.  This aims to help organisations change the way they interact with their service users, patients or customers – from the physical layout when they arrive, the signage, written communication (posters, leaflets, forms, online information), the way employees or volunteers interact with the public and the policies that underpin the way the organisations operate. 

    In a very collaborative way, we will be helping organisations become more health literacy friendly through this scheme with has a framework of bronze, silver and gold awards. 

     

    If anyone wants to find out more about becoming a Health Literacy Friendly organisation, they can contact me at mike.oliver@stoke.gov.uk

  • Webinar - Health Literacy and why its important 

    Are you interested in finding out more about health literacy? Do you have questions about how it can affect patients? Listen to Professor Jo Protheroe, Chair of Health Literacy UK, Jonathan Berry, Strategic Lead NHS England and Mandy Wardle-McLeish, Community Health and Learning Foundation: they took part in a live online event on October 6th via NHS Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network.

  • New Health Literacy Journal  

    HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice is an interdisciplinary and international open-access publication dedicated to promoting excellence in research and practice. The aim is to advance the field of health literacy, promote health equity, and reduce health disparities. If you are interested in submitting an article, you encouraged to read the author guidelines and send your manuscripts!

  • Health Literacy in the headlines 

    How health literate is the NHS? Sound like a strange question? Just as health literacy implies the social resources needed to access, understand and use health information, the phrase also encompasses the ability to communicate information clearly and effectively. This light-hearted BBC story makes some crucial points about the contemporary use of language in healthcare. Well worth a read!!

  • Our Chair & our Policy Lead appointed as Honorary Health Literacy Clinical Advisors

    Dr Jo Protheroe, GP and Senior Lecturer at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University, and Prof Gill Rowlands, GP and Professor of General Practice, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University have been appointed as advocates for Health Literacy for NHS England, a role which aims to help raise the awareness and importance of Health Literacy in England.

    NHS England recognises the urgency of improving health literacy and have taken a number of short-term actions. This included the appointment of General Practitioners (GPs) to act as Honorary Health Literacy Clinical Advisors, providing clinical insight for policy makers in the Person Centred Care Team and Self-Care Support Programme.

     

    As advisors, Jo and Gill will work alongside Clinicians and Clinical Commissioning Groups sharing their clinical expertise and experience to the Health Literacy programmes in NHS England as well as collaborative groups, such as the Health Literacy Collaborative Group (HLCG). They will also make use of their professional connections, such as the Royal Colleges, especially the Royal College of GPs, to highlight NHS England initiatives and the importance of Health Literacy practice.

     

    They will liaise with the HLCG to identify research priorities to submit to the National Institute of Health Research, in partnership with the RCGP and support the clinical aspects of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs).

     

    [1]          G. Rowlands, J. Protheroe, J. Winkley, M. Richardson, P. T. Seed, and R. Rudd, "A mismatch between population health literacy and the complexity of health information: an observational study," Br. J. Gen. Pract, vol. 65, pp. e379-e386, 6/2015 2015.

  • ICCH & HARC 2017

    International Conference for Communication in Healthcare & Health Literacy Annual Research Conference 

    Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, October 8-11 2017

    Join the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for a joint meeting of ICCH and HARC! Save the date to attend this interdisciplinary and international research and educational event. 

    The ICCH and HARC aim to create a learning community that fosters scholarship and inter-professional collaboration to advance knowledge and innovation in communication, healthcare and relationship-centred care.

     

    We welcome abstracts and proposals from all disciplines and health professions, although we are now closed for further submissions.

  • ICCH & HARC 2017

    International Conference for Communication in Healthcare & Health Literacy Annual Research Conference 

    Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, October 8-11 2017

    Join the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for a joint meeting of ICCH and HARC! Save the date to attend this interdisciplinary and international research and educational event. 

    The ICCH and HARC aim to create a learning community that fosters scholarship and inter-professional collaboration to advance knowledge and innovation in communication, healthcare and relationship-centred care.

     

    We welcome abstracts and proposals from all disciplines and health professions, although we are now closed for further submissions.

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