This Health Literacy Out Loud podcast is like a patchwork quilt, pieced together with many tips and strategies for communicating effectively with people who have cancer. I recorded it at a meeting of Virginia’s Cancer Planning Action Coalition (CPAC) which met in Charlottesville, VA on November 20, 2008. I had the honor of being a keynote speaker at this conference.
In this podcast, Helen Osborne talks with several CPAC conference participants about their tips for good health communication:
- Sharon Dwyer talks about the power of stories. She highlights how stories can help remove fear, motivate people, and provide support and human connection.
- Susan Seidler speaks about reaching out to seniors in the community. She also highlights ways to improve communication with seniors, in person and in print.
- Michael Pyles, PhD highlights the value of community partnerships, cultural diversity, and how listening is key to action.
- Melanie Dempsey BS, RT(R)(T), CMD discusses the importance of teamwork and how each professional helps with education. She also talks about how stress affects patients’ understanding
- Laura Humbertson MS discusses how information and resources help empower patients.
- Donna Moore RN speaks about her work as a Nurse Navigator. This includes listening to patient’s fears, finding and knocking down barriers, and giving patients hope.
More ways to learn:
- Virginia’s Cancer Planning Action Coalition, http://www.virginiacpac.org/pages/about.html
- Osborne, H. “In Other Words…When Providers Are Patients,” On Call magazine, July 24, 2007. Available at http://www.healthliteracy.com/article.asp?PageID=6340
- Osborne, H. “In Other Words… Communicating When Naked: My Perspective as a Patient,” On Call magazine, May/June 2006.