Category Archives: Information Literacy - p3

Teaching information literacy with a focus on news

As reported on PBS’s News Hour, a four-year-old program known as the News Literacy Project is being taught “to middle and high school students in 21 inner-city and suburban schools in the Washington, D.C., area, New York City, and Chicago. With funding from “a combination of foundations, corporations and individuals,” it is designed to help …Read More »

Using Kaltura for Online Video Publishing

The Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Library and Information Technology Forum features Dave Adams, Manager, UIT Streaming Media Services at the University of Utah, talking about Using Kaltura for Online Video Publishing. Please join us in the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building, Room 1750 at 12:05-1:00 p.m. for this program. Program …Read More »

When Information Literacy Informs Health Literacy

Discusses a notable example of a journalist going beyond the claims of a recently published study by a for-profit company to sort out what is valid from what will sell.

Health Literacy: blood test results

Most patients would prefer to discuss their blood test results with a physician, but less than half actually do, according to a recent survey. Representatives from government, business, healthcare professional groups and consumer advocates to examine health literacy with regards to blood tests. It would be wise to include librarians, public and medical, to speed getting information to the public.

When health literacy needs information literacy

An online health quiz may seem well-researched and informative, but it is important to look deeper and try and determine why it is there, and what purpose it serves. This is how information literacy skills interact with health literacy.

Health Literacy: plain language

In a recent post on the University of Michigan Health System News blog, researchers offer “10 ways to make better decisions about cancer care“: Insist on plain language. Focus on absolute risk. Visualize your risk. Consider risk as a frequency rather than as percentages. Focus on the additional risk. The order of information matters. Write …Read More »

Health literacy: the need for “plain talk”

Searching Twitter using the hashtag “#healthliteracy,” I came across an item that sounded exciting: “MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy to Hold Conference in September: ‘Plain Talk in Complex Times.’” Presented in collaboration with the American Public Health Association, the conference offers: Six preconference workshops: build your skills for communicating about health—in person, on the Web, …Read More »

Health Literacy Integrated into High School Curriculum

As reported in the Colorado Springs newspaper The Gazette, El Paso County Public Health has partnered with Harrison High School to integrate health literacy education into classes beyond the traditional physical education and health offerings. Their goal is “to create a model that can be used by schools statewide to improve knowledge about all things …Read More »