Health Literacy Month: 20th Anniversary Edition (HLOL #191)

This podcast is unlike most others, for it is a conversation about Health Literacy Month with Helen Osborne and Michael Villaire.

Helen Osborne is president of Health Literacy Consulting, author of the book Health Literacy from A to Z, and founder of Health Literacy Month. She also is producer and host of this podcast series, Health Literacy Out Loud.

Michael Villaire is President/CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA). Michael’s many accomplishments include being co-author of two health literacy books. He has also written several chapters and dozens of articles on the same topic.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Health Literacy Month, Helen and Michael discuss many aspects of this worldwide annual event. Topics include:

  • Health Literacy Month origins. Including Helen’s story of starting this with 15 cents.
  • Health Literacy Month was, and is, a grassroots initiative. There is no wrong way to participate. Examples of events for different types of audiences.
  • Helen and Michael’s visions for Health Literacy Month—now, and in years ahead.

More Ways to Learn:

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 1, 27, 42.

Read the transcript of this podcast. 

Why Health Literacy Matters: A Podcast with Many Voices (HLOL #26)

HLMonth1October is Health Literacy Month. This is the 11th year that advocates everywhere are raising awareness about health literacy and ways to improve understanding. This year, we decided to focus on stories – stories about why health literacy matters to healthcare providers, policy makers, researchers, educators, students, patients, families, and all others who care about health.

In this special edition podcast, you will hear six people share their stories about why health literacy matters. I recorded this podcast in May when I was giving a workshop at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s (or IHA) 8th Annual Health Literacy Conference.

This is the second of two Health Literacy Month podcasts. In this one, you will hear from:

  • Arthur Culbert, Health Literacy Missouri Foundation
  • Stacy Bailey, Northwestern University
  • Mary Ann Abrams MD, Iowa Health System
  • Roberta Dickman, Advocate Healthcare Lutheran General
  • Gloria Mayer, Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA)

More ways to learn:

  • Health Literacy Month website. Thanks to a team of remarkable volunteers and amazing authors, each day in October there are one or more health literacy stories posted at www.healthliteracymonth.org.
  • Health Literacy Out Loud. Hear interviews with those in-the-know about health literacy by going to www.healthliteracymonth.org
  • Health Literacy Consulting. Find out more about Helen Osborne’s work and background by going to www.healthliteracy.com
  • Institute for Healthcare Advancement. Find out about this organization and its upcoming health literacy conference by going to www.iha4health.org

Dr. Mache Seibel (“Doc Rock”) Sings 2 Health Literacy Month Songs (HLOL #24)

Mache SeibelThere are many ways to raise awareness about health literacy. I’m delighted to share two Health Literacy Month songs composed and performed by Mache Seibel, MD.

Dr. Seibel is a practicing physician and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, MA. He also is a composer and performer who uses music and song to teach about health. You can learn more about Dr. Seibel’s wonderful work by going to his HealthRock website at www.healthrock.com.

In this HLOL podcast, you will hear two health literacy songs along with Dr. Seibel talking about why he composed them. Dr. Seibel has kindly offered a free download in honor of Health Literacy Month. To do so, go to www.healthrock.com and then click “podcasts.”

Why Health Literacy Matters: A Podcast with Many Voices (HLOL #23)

October is Health Literacy Month. This is the 11th year that advocates everywhere are raising awareness about health literacy and ways to improve understanding. This year, we decided to focus on stories – stories about why health literacy matters to healthcare providers, policy makers, researchers, educators, students, patients, families, and all others who care about health.

In this special edition podcast, you will hear five people share their stories about why health literacy matters. I recorded these in May 2009 when I was giving a workshop at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s (or IHA) 8th Annual Health Literacy Conference.

This is the first of two Health Literacy Month podcasts. In this one, you will hear from:

  • Michael Villaire, Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA)
  • Cindy Brach, AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
  • Michael Wolf PhD, Northwestern University
  • Beccah Rothschild, Health Research to Action at UC Berkeley
  • Jutta Ulrich, Health Guide America

More ways to learn:

  • Health Literacy Month website. Thanks to a team of remarkable volunteers and amazing authors, each day in October there are one or more health literacy stories posted at www.healthliteracymonth.org.
  • Health Literacy Out Loud. Hear interviews with those in-the-know about health literacy by going to www.healthliteracymonth.org
  • Health Literacy Consulting. Find out more about Helen Osborne’s work and background by going to www.healthliteracy.com
  • Institute for Healthcare Advancement. Find out about this organization and its upcoming health literacy conference by going to www.iha4health.org
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