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Resources by Topic: Health literacy

Promising Practices to Build Healthy Active Native Communities
Highlights promising practices to improve the health and wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Discusses programs designed to incorporate Native cultural beliefs into healthy eating practices and fitness regimens that support physical well-being.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of American Indian Physicians
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Rural Health Literacy: Who's Delivering Health Information?
Describes the role that school nurses, newspapers, public libraries, churches, public health departments, and hub-and-spoke academic institutions can play in supporting health literacy and providing consumer health information. Features examples from several states.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Health Literacy Rural Health Chat
Summary of an April 2017 Twitter chat focused on rural health literacy issues. Documents a conversation among rural health literacy experts addressing a range of topics, including health literacy issues specific to rural areas, what healthcare providers and community organizations can do, and resources available to address rural health literacy.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Health Literacy: Understanding Skills and Demands is Key to Improvement
Provides an overview of the health literacy concerns in rural areas, with insights from researchers and other health literacy experts. Discusses both the skills and demands sides of health literacy and how rural healthcare providers can help their patients.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Improving Health Care for Spanish-Speaking Rural Dairy Farm Workers
Evaluation of a project to improve services offered by Dartmouth Geisel Migrant Health and a Federally Qualified Health Center. The 25 participants were dairy workers originally from Southern Mexico who were employed on 6 farms in Vermont and New Hampshire during the 7 months of the study.
Author(s): Caledonia Buckheit, Dwan Pineros, Ardis Olson, Deborah Johnson, Stephen Genereaux
Location: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 30(1), 91-93
Date: 2017
Type: Document
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The Reverend’s Revolution: A Kid-First Approach to Community Health
Features the work of Reverend Richard Joyner and the Conetoe Family Life Center, a North Carolina nonprofit focused on youth development and improving community health.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Literacy in Dentistry and Navajo Nation Community Health Representatives
A commentary about the work of community health representatives (CHRs) toward the improvement of health on the Navajo reservation, including oral health programs. Includes a general overview of CHRs and population health for American Indian/Alaska Native communities and the need for more education for CHRs.
Author(s): Steven P. Geiermann, Mae-Gilene Begay, Lindsey Robinson, and Sharon Clough
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine
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Effects of a Behavioral and Health Literacy Intervention to Reduce Sugar-sweetened Beverages: A Randomized-Controlled Trial
Details a study on the effect of several sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption intervention programs on rural adults from 8 counties in Appalachian Virginia. Compares the SIPsmartER and the MoveMore intervention programs and tracks their effectiveness at promoting health literacy relating to SSBs. Breaks down data by age, body weight, and educational attainment, as well as several other factors.
Author(s): Jamie M. Zoellner, Valisa E. Hendrick, Wen You, et al.
Location: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 13, 38
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
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Health Literacy Mediates the Relationship between Age and Health Outcomes in Patients with Heart Failure
Discusses a study on the role of health literacy in the relationship between increasing age and negative health outcomes in rural adults with heart failure (HF). Divides participants into younger group (under 65) and an older group (65 and older). Analyzes data by educational attainment, income, and race, as well as several other factors.
Author(s): Jia-Rong Wu, Debra K. Moser, Darren A. DeWalt, Mary Kay Rayens, Kathleen Dracup
Location: Circulation: Heart Failure, 9(1), 2250
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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The Active Patient Role and Asthma Outcomes in an Underserved Rural Community
Examines a study measuring outcomes of asthma patients in 11 rural counties in north central Wisconsin. Compares results from participants deemed active patients - who possess the knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage their condition - and those who were not.
Author(s): Henry N. Young, Tonja L. Larson, Elizabeth D. Cox, et al.
Location: Journal of Rural Health, 30(2), 121-127
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
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