Law Enforcement, Risk Management, and Health Literacy (HLOL #169)

Heather Schragg is Director of Patient Experience at Eaton Rapids Medical Center in Eaton Rapids, MI. She not only oversees the hospital’s Risk and Quality Management programs but also its initiatives to improve patient and employee experiences. Heather is committed to helping patients navigate and understand the complicated healthcare system.

Mitch Ross is a police officer in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

Over the years he has held many positions, including work in an Anti-Gang Unit Squad and on a Major Incident Response Team. He also is an adjunct instructor at the Milwaukee Police Training Academy. In addition, Mitch educates civilians about reporting suspicious activities and responding appropriately during active shooter events.

Helen Osborne talks with Heather Schragg and Mitch Ross about:

  • What law enforcement, hospital risk management, and health literacy have in common when it comes to health communication.
  • Effective ways to communicate when a calm situation escalates into a crisis. And ways to use words and body language to help calm a tense situation.
  • Communication tips that all of us, regardless of our profession or setting, can use to build trust and understanding.

Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 13, 24, 27, 41

Read the transcript of this podcast.

Reporting about the Patient Experience (HLOL #138)

BarbaraLambiaso.2013Barbara Lambiaso is Senior Project Manager for Communications at Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP) based in Watertown, MA. Building on many years of experience in health and health care communications, Barbara oversees all aspects of HealthcareCompassMA.org, a website where the public can find easy-to-understand information and data about quality healthcare in Massachusetts.

In this podcast, Barbara Lambiaso talks with Helen Osborne about:

  • Designing a useful, usable consumer website based on healthcare quality data.
  • Making choices about navigation, wording, images, and layering of information.
  • Working with the intended audience to make this website even better.

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: 4, 39.

Read the written transcript.

Using Comparative Performance Data to Improve Healthcare Quality (HLOL #51)

Barbra Rabson is the executive director of the Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP). Under her leadership, MHQP has become a trusted source of physician performance information in Massachusetts. MHQP is recognized nationally as well, for its collaborative approach to gathering and reporting on comparative health care quality data.

In this podcast, Barbra Rabson talks with Helen Osborne about:

  • How comparative performance data helps providers and consumers alike.
  • “Expect the Best,” a consumer campaign focused on healthcare quality.
  • Strategies and tips for climbing the “mountain of mutual understanding.”

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: 27.

Talking about the Economic Side of Health Literacy (HLOL #14)

George J. Isham, M.D., M.S. is Chief Health Officer and Plan Medical Director for HealthPartners Health Plan in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His many responsibilities include overseeing programs of health promotion and disease prevention, research, professional education, strategic planning, quality and utilization management.

Dr. Isham is active nationally, as well. He works with a wide range of associations including America’s Health Insurance Plans, Alliance of Community Health Plans, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, and Bridges to Excellence. Dr. Isham chairs the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Roundtable on Health Literacy.   

In this podcast, he talks with Helen Osborne about economic side of health literacy. Topics include:

  • Framing health literacy economics in terms of effectiveness and efficiency
  • Looking at the relationship between health literacy and health outcomes
  • Making a compelling case for organizations to invest in health literacy

More ways to learn:

  • IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy, http://www.iom.edu/?id=32786
  • Isham G, Halvorson G, 2003. Epidemic of Care: A Call for Safer, Better, and More Accountable Health Care. Jossey-Bass: San Francisco, CA.
  • Nielsen-Bohlman L, Panzer AM, Kindig DA, (ed), 2004. Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. The National Academies Press: Washington DC.
  • Osborne, H. “In Other Words…Making a Bottom-Line Case for Health Literacy,” On Call magazine, Sept/Oct 2006. Available at http://www.healthliteracy.com/article.asp?PageID=4804
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