SOURCE: Institute for Healthcare Advancement

Institute for Healthcare Advancement

May 04, 2010 20:32 ET

Institute for Healthcare Advancement Will Honor Three for Excellence in Health Literacy at National Conference in Irvine, Calif.

LA HABRA, CA--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) - The Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) will present three awards on May 6 for outstanding achievements in health literacy at its Ninth Annual Health Literacy Conference, "Health Literacy in the Real World: Programs & Solutions That Work," to be held May 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif.

The conference will be attended by nearly 400 professionals working in healthcare, health educators, and individuals with an interest in literacy as it relates to healthcare challenges. IHA, a non-profit healthcare organization, reviewed more than 80 submissions from some of the nation's foremost health literacy authorities and researchers to select the winners in the categories of Research, Innovative Programs, and Published Materials. 

The winners of the three 2010 IHA Health Literacy Awards are:

"Nutrition Labels: The relationship between health literacy and maternal response to a brief teaching intervention"
Catherine Wiley, MD
Chief, Division of General Pediatrics
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

While many caregivers report reading nutrition labels, they nevertheless exhibit significant deficits in understanding the labels' content. This study explored the association between mothers' level of health literacy and their ability to read a nutrition label, before and following a brief teaching intervention. 

Innovative Program
"Time to Talk CARDIO"
Founding Partners: Canyon Ranch Institute, American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, RIASWorks, Merck & Co., Inc.

Piloted in 2009, "Time to Talk CARDIO -- Creating A Real Dialogue In the Office" is an educational program dedicated to advancing cardiovascular health by helping to improve the dialogue between health care professionals and their patients. A key component of the program is a free, online, communication skill-building tool that features more than 550 videos demonstrating methods to help make the most of the limited time in a medical visit.

Published Materials

"The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Parent Education Package"
Amy J. Neil, MS, MAP, Medical Writer and James S. Rue, Creative Director

The NICU Parent Education Package is a set of materials developed specifically for use by 300 NICUs nationwide, as well as Pediatric Intensive Care Units, maternal and fetal medicine practices, and pediatric cardiology practices. The NICU Package is a bedside portfolio designed to educate parents and improve autonomy and child outcome; educate clinicians and encourage face-to-face clinician-patient communication; provide a simple tool for clinicians to learn and communicate more easily within the hospital environment; and encourage parents to ask questions of clinicians. 

IHA is a La Habra, California-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering people to better health. It is nationally recognized for its efforts in health literacy and provides healthcare information through its various publishing efforts, the Internet, and its renowned local and national education programs. 

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Contact Information

  • Editorial Contact:
    Tobi Aclaro
    Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA)

    (562) 690-4001, ext 203