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The Midwestern Public Health Training Center covers a four-state region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska and offers resources, education and training to help improve public health through strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial, and leadership competencies of the public health workforce.  Find more information here (www.mphtc.org).

Enroll Nebraska http://enrollnebraska.org/eeg Enroll Nebraska is a statewide network of community organizations, enrollment assisters, health care providers, and advocacy groups working to promote the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and enrollment in health insurance. The Education and Engagement Group is the awareness, outreach, and referral side of Enroll Nebraska. The group is made up of non-health … Continue reading Enroll Nebraska:Education and Engagement Group

The Future of Children http://futureofchildren.org/publications/journals/article/index.xml?journalid=80&articleid=595 This article focuses on how to minimize risks that military children face and how to maximize their resilience. The authors suggest developing communities of care. Kudler and Porter review a broad spectrum of programs, developed by the military, by nonprofits, and by academia that may help build these communities of … Continue reading Building Communities of Care for Military Children and Families

RAND Corporation http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR806.html This report provides findings and recommendations from a survey of civilian mental health providers. The survey evaluated their competency with military and veteran culture, as well as their training and experience treating posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. Key findings are relevant to individuals, organizations, and policy officials concerned about the capacity of … Continue reading Ready To Serve

RAND Corporation http://www.rand.org/pubs/infographics/IG107.html Part of the RAND Corporation infographic series, this infographic illustrates challenges of deployed services members. This quick reference summarizes RAND research on deployment effects, challenges, and benefits, as well as comparisons between military children and the general population.

National Academy of Medicine http://nam.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Strategies-to-Enhance-Numeracy-Skills.pdf Individuals make decisions about health and well-being every day. Many of those decisions involve using and understanding numbers, and most of the decisions are made quickly, at home or at work, as a person goes about a daily routine. Even with adequate time, many people lack the skills to make … Continue reading 7 Strategies to Enhance Numeracy Skills

National Academy of Medicine http://nam.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Strategies-to-Enhance-Numeracy-Skills.pdf Individuals make decisions about health and well-being every day. Many of those decisions involve using and understanding numbers, and most of the decisions are made quickly, at home or at work, as a person goes about a daily routine. Even with adequate time, many people lack the skills to make … Continue reading 7 Strategies to Enhance Numeracy Skills

Public Health Law Research National Program Office and Temple University https://docs.google.com/a/nalhd.org/file/d/0BxlTUeGRdJDycUl3RktlYW5GaEU/edit?pli=1 This 55 min video provides an introduction to and overview of the Law Atlas tool.

Public Health Law Research National Program Office and Temple University http://www.lawatlas.org/nebraska A tool that collects and displays all of Nebraska’s public health laws.

Susan G. Komen http://ww5.komen.org The Susan G. Komen organization addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach, and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. Here you can find cancer resources, ways to donate, opportunities to get involved in their activities, message boards, downloadable … Continue reading Komen

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/ The cancer prevention and control portion of the CDC’s website focuses on seven main categories: Kinds of Cancers, How to Prevent Cancer or Find it Early, Data and Statistics, Research, Promoting Cancer Prevention, Special Topics, and Resources to Share. Here you can find descriptions and frequently ask questions, … Continue reading CDC Cancer Prevention and Control

National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov/publications/health-communication/pink-book.pdf This publication discusses Stages of Health Communication Process. (1) Planning and Strategy Development, (2) Developing and Pretesting Concepts, Messages, and Materials, (3) Implementing the Program, (4) Assessing Effectiveness and Making Refinements. The planning steps in this book can help make any communication program work, regardless of size, topic, geographic span, intended … Continue reading Making Health Communication Programs Work

National Academy of Medicine http://nam.edu/perspectives-2014-health-literacy-principles-guidance-for-making-information-understandable-useful-and-navigable/ This discussion paper by Kara L. Jacobson and Ruth A. Parker, offers a synthesis of principles to follow to create health information that is better aligned with the skills and abilities of those using that information. They suggest focusing on specific domains to maximize chances that content created is understandable, … Continue reading Health Literacy Principles: Guidance for Making Information Understandable, Useful, and Navigable

Newly updated and revised Health Literacy Resources are now available on the CDC Health Literacy Website at http://www.cdc.gov/healthliteracy/ Featuring: Training courses Resources for organizations working to address health literacy Links to resources for developing materials that follow health literacy principles.

Health Literacy Advisor Software Health Literacy Innovations http://www.healthliteracyinnovations.com/ Health Literacy Advisor is the nation’s first interactive health literacy software tool. This powerful software tool assesses and improves the readability of your documents using plain language principles. The HLA works entirely within Microsoft Word (no cutting/pasting to a separate program), offers a full array of readability … Continue reading Health Literacy Advisor Software

American Medical Association Foundation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGtTZ_vxjyA This video is part of a health literacy educational toolkit developed by the American Medical Association. It focuses on health literacy and patient safety to help patients better understand health information. Patient Interviews and expert examples illustrate ways to remove barriers to better and safer care.

Building Health Literate Organizations:  A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change UnityPoint Health http://www.unitypoint.org/health-literacy-guidebook.aspx A health literate health care organization is described as easier for people to use, and critical to delivering patient-centered care (Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations). It supports patient-provider communication to improve health care quality, reduce errors, facilitate shared decision-making, … Continue reading Building Health Literate Organizations

This resource provides guidelines for good communication and health literacy practice for clinics, hospitals, and other organizations.  Most of these attributes are also important for local health departments. Click here to download this resource.