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Resources by Topic: Health literacy

Closing The Gap: Public Libraries & Public Health
Recording of a webinar discussing the collaboration between libraries and public health. Explores public library health programming related to medical librarians, health literacy, and opportunities to support community healthcare and human service needs. Includes information specific to rural communities.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 09/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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The Targeted Rural Health Education Project: Newspaper/Medical Student Collaboration Bringing Health Information to Rural Communities
Video highlighting the Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) program, which helps medical students at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences bring plain language health education to the communities they serve.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Impact of Language on Health Care Accessibility
Discusses how language barriers affect healthcare access for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. Highlights challenges that LEP groups, such as farmworkers, faced in receiving COVID-19 care and information.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Education Effort
Video series addressing the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, targeted to specific audiences including healthcare providers and rural residents. Covers safety, availability, cost, side effects, vaccine administration, patient education, and more.
Additional links: Partner Toolkit, Vaccine Education - Rural Audience
Date: 06/2022
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Ad Council, COVID Collaborative
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FAQs for Private and Public Healthcare Providers About Implementing the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program in Provider Practices
Provides guidance to healthcare providers about providing the COVID-19 vaccine, including storage, reporting, and patient education.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Educating Future Healthcare Providers: Health Literacy Opportunities for Webside Manners
Discusses best practices for teaching health literacy principles to healthcare profession trainees. Features several programs that are helping students learn how to support the health literacy of their future patients.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Between Urban and Rural Counties — United States, December 14, 2020–January 31, 2022
Examines COVID-19 vaccination disparities between urban and rural people 5 years of age and older. Discusses factors that may have contributed to vaccination disparities, including healthcare access, views about COVID-19 specifically, and vaccine hesitancy more generally. Provides data based on a 6-level urban-rural classification and a 2-level urban-rural classification, with vaccination coverage by sex, age group, and state. Also includes data on vaccine series completion and receipt of a booster or additional dose.
Author(s): Ryan Saelee, Elizabeth Zell, Bhavini Patel Murthy, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 71(9), 335-340
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Providing Health Literate Virtual Health Services: Proceedings of a Workshop-in Brief
Summarizes 3 presentations and a panel discussion from a virtual public workshop held on September 23, 2021 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's Roundtable on Health Literacy, covering health-literate telehealth services. Discusses challenges and potential for health literate telehealth, access and equity, and resources available through the HRSA Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT).
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Population Health
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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A New Era of Health Literacy? Expanded Definitions, Digital Influences, and Rural Inequities
Explores rural challenges to accessing health information that is clear and usable, with insights from experts. Describes recently expanded definitions of health literacy. Discusses digital health literacy and the importance of broadband access and digital health tools for rural residents.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Report of Health Care Provider Recommendation for COVID-19 Vaccination Among Adults, by Recipient COVID-19 Vaccination Status and Attitudes — United States, April–September 2021
Examines provider recommendations for COVID-19 vaccination and the impact of those recommendations on COVID-19 vaccination coverage and attitudes. Includes data for urban (MSA principal city), suburban (MSA nonprincipal city), and rural (non-MSA) areas.
Author(s): Kimberly H. Nguyen, David Yankey, Peng-jun Lu, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(50), 1723-1730
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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