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Resources by Topic: Health literacy

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.
Citation: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 13, 38
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
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Community-Based Diabetes Screening and Risk Assessment in Rural West Virginia
Reports on a cross-sectional study to assess diabetes risk among 540 individuals, 18 years or more, from 12 rural counties in West Virginia. A noninvasive survey combined with a glycosylated hemoglobin or A1C blood test was used to identify individuals with prediabetes, or at high risk for diabetes. Discusses the factors contributing to the high rates of diabetes and prediabetes, and the need to effectively lower the risks of diabetes in the state.
Author(s): Ranjita Misra, Cindy Fitch, David Roberts, Dana Wright
Citation: Journal of Diabetes Research, 2016
Date: 01/2016
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
Citation: Circulation: Heart Failure, 9(1), 2250
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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Practical Solutions for Pesticide Safety: A Farm and Research Team Participatory Model
Highlights a study of a participatory research program which produced the Practical Solutions for Pesticide Safety guide. Input from farm managers and workers was key to the development of the guide, which is now used as an educational tool for agricultural safety across the Pacific Northwest region.
Author(s): Kit Galvin, Jen Krenz, Marcy Harrington, Pablo Palmández, Richard A. Fenske
Citation: Journal of Agromedicine, 21(1), 113-122
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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QuickStats: Percentage of U.S. Adults Who Looked up Health Information on the Internet in the Past Year, by Type of Locality - National Health Interview Survey, 2012–2014
Bar chart showing the percentage of adults who searched for health information online, comparing rates for those living in metropolitan and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Deborah D. Ingram, Shilpa Bengeri
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 64(49), 1367
Date: 12/2015
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The Role of Health Literacy and Communication Habits on Previous Colorectal Cancer Screening among Low-Income and Uninsured Patients
Presents an analysis of a survey of low-income uninsured patients in rural and urban areas who received financial help for a colonoscopy in a primary care clinic to identify any significant relationships between limited health literacy, communication skills, and adherence to colorectal cancer screening guidelines.
Author(s): Chinedum O. Ojinnaka, Jane N. Bolin, David A. McClellan, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine Reports, 2, 158-163
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
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Empowering Promotores de Salud as Partners in Cancer Education and Research in Rural Southwest Kansas
Discusses a community-based participatory method providing cancer research training to promotores and to assess their capability to disseminate cancer research information to Latinos in rural Kansas.
Author(s): Ana Paula Cupertino, Mercedes Saint-Elin, Johana Bravo de los Rios, et al.
Citation: Oncology Nursing Forum, 42(1), 15-22
Date: 01/2015
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.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 30(2), 121-127
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
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Maternal Health Literacy Progression Among Rural Perinatal Women
Reports on a study of the progression of maternal health literacy in low-income women who received home visits from Registered Nurse Case Managers (RNCMs) in rural Georgia. Breaks down data by participant demographics, level of prenatal and postpartum depression scores, and birth outcomes.
Author(s): Sandra C. Mobley, Suzanne Dixson Thomas, Donald E. Sutherland, et al.
Citation: Maternal and Child Health Journal, 18(8), 1881-1892
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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