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Resources by Topic: Health literacy

MotherToBaby Gives Rural Pregnant and Breastfeeding Moms 'Fingertip Access' to Exposure Experts
Provides an overview of MotherToBaby, which works to educate pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and their healthcare providers on the risks of exposures. Discusses how MotherToBaby's free services can support rural mothers, highlighting programs serving rural areas in Georgia and North Texas.
Author(s): Gretel Kauffman
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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SAMHSA Strategic Plan 2023-2026
Details the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's framework and funding priorities for 2023-2026. Discusses priorities such as strengthening the behavioral health workforce, suicide prevention, and behavioral health integration, among other issues. Highlights behavioral health equity measures that address rural communities.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Digital Navigation Toolkit
Provides links to resources to support digital health navigators, individuals who aid community members with connectivity, devices, and digital skills and facilitate access to healthcare.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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Promoting Rural Residents' Participation in Clinical Trials: Clinical Trials Basics Programming and Training for Rural Public Librarians
Describes a collaboration between Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health and Wellness Library and the VCU Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research that aimed to provide public librarians with skills to increase the health literacy of community members regarding clinical trials in rural and underserved areas.
Author(s): Dana L. Ladd, Jackson C. Wright
Citation: Journal of the Medical Library Association, 111(3), 722-727
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
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Engaging Community Health Workers/Youth Ambassadors to Improve Health Literacy: Proceedings of a Workshop – in Brief
Summarizes presentations and discussions from an April 2023 workshop on the use of community health workers and youth ambassadors to promote health literacy in their communities. Highlights lessons learned by Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 and the National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities (NIMIC) grantees who implemented health literacy approaches in community health worker and youth ambassador programs. Includes rural references throughout.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Promoting Health Literacy through Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)
Recording of a June 8, 2023, conference session on health literacy and culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Equity Conference. Features a presentation from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences on the Targeted Rural Health Education Project, in which health sciences students write newspaper articles on medical topics of importance to the rural communities they serve. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the video description, then selecting Show transcript.
Additional links: Kay Miller Temple and David Schmitz, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences - Presentation Slides
Date: 06/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Video Brochures in a Mailed Fecal Immunochemical Test Outreach Program Provide Cancer Screening Information in a User-friendly Format for Rural Appalachian Community Members
Presents a study on the efficacy of using a video brochure to provide colorectal cancer (CRC) screening information and instructions for a fecal immunochemical tests (FITs) sent out to rural patients in Appalachian Ohio. Explores the barriers to CRC screening, including the low rates of returning FITs, and discusses the effect the video brochure had on this process.
Author(s): Mira L. Katz, Abigail B. Shoben, Sabrina Newell, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
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Best Practices for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing
Summarizes findings of an environmental scan of testing and vaccination policies and programs serving people who are medically or socially at disproportionate risk for COVID-19 and related adverse outcomes. Identifies populations at disproportionate risk, including rural residents, and their barriers to COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 vaccination, and routine vaccination. Describes programs that aim to overcome these barriers and increase access to testing and vaccination services. Discuss the implications of these programs' strategies and approaches for future pandemics and public health crises.
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica
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Role of Rural Libraries in Promoting Digital Health Literacy
Webinar highlighting a rural library's efforts to increase digital health literacy and healthcare access in rural Texas. Discusses telehealth, broadband access inequities and digital literacy, transportation issues, aging in place, community health workers working in libraries, emergency response, circulating medical equipment, and summer meals for students. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the video description, then selecting Show transcript.
Date: 03/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Network of the National Library of Medicine
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Rural Americans' COVID-19 Vaccine Perceptions and Willingness to Vaccinate against COVID-19 with Their Community Pharmacists: An Exploratory Study
Presents a study on the perceptions of rural people on the COVID-19 vaccine and their willingness to receive a vaccine from their community pharmacist. Bases findings on phone-based interviews with rural adults. Breaks down data by age, sex, and education, among other measures.
Author(s): Alexis M. Koskan, Iris E. LoCoco, Casey L. Daniel, et al.
Citation: Vaccines, 11(1), 171
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
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