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The Institute for Healthcare Advancement offers News about Adult Literacy

Posted on 05/11/2016

  • The January 2016 issue of Family Medicine reports on a study External link opens in new window or tab comparing two approaches to assessing literacy through the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM), interview by telephone and the traditional in-person assessment. REALM administered by telephone was found to be just as effective as the more labor intensive traditional approach.
  • From the recent Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, discussion papers and workshop summaries External link opens in new window or tab are available.
  • In It Together External link opens in new window or tab is a modular training curriculum for health departments, health clinics and community-based organizations that deliver health literacy HIV services. Dozens of trainers from many communities offer tailored health literacy training.
  • Out of the classroom and into the community: medical students consolidate learning about health literacy through collaboration with Head Start External link opens in new window or tab (published April 23, 2016) is a lengthy article describing a community-based service learning program during one academic year as a way for medical students to learn about health literacy and effective communications strategies. The program is a 5-month pediatric obesity effort designed for Head Start children, parents, and staff.

Source: National Council for Adult Learning, Newsletter External link opens in new window or tab Issue #13, April 29, 2016