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NN/LM SE/A Provides Assistance with Your Health Literacy Efforts

Posted by on June 23rd, 2011 Posted in: All Posts

by Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator, NN/LM, SEA

The underpinnings of almost everything we do at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region involve health literacy in one way or another. Our classes provide resources to enable health professionals, librarians, consumers and community and faith organizations to assist their clientele to locate and evaluate reliable health information. We also offer various funding opportunities for those wishing to provide health outreach to their institutions and communities. Through our exhibits, we increase awareness of good health information resources from the National Library of Medicine, which can help increase understanding, decrease health literacy barriers and hopefully lead to better health outcomes. We are always striving to offer new opportunities and resources to assist in your outreach efforts. The following are a few new offerings, as well as a few existing ways we can assist you:

(New) Health Literacy Class

Many of you might have taken former Network Access Coordinator, Beth Wescott’s class, “Easy-to-Read Health and Wellness Materials.” Cheryl Rowan, Public Health Coordinator from the South Central Region of NN/LM, has modified and added great new content to that class. The class is now called “Promoting Health Literacy through Easy-to-Read Materials.” It is approved for 4 MLA CE contact hours and is now offered by Terri Ottosen, Consumer Health Coordinator and Nancy Patterson, Community Outreach Coordinator, in the Southeastern Atlantic Region. For class content, please visit: To schedule a class, please contact Terri or Nancy.


New Health Literacy Pilot Project Awards

Health literacy is one area of focus in our new contract period, 2011-2016. We will be offering two funding opportunities in Year 1 for health literacy pilot projects. Depending on the types of proposals received and their success, future health literacy awards may be offered. Please watch the SEA funding page for more information when the pilot project awards are announced:

If you are unfamiliar with the SEA Region’s funding process, a tutorial called the “Wishing Well Series,” is available for funding information from the Region. There are four segments, which cover each stage of the funding and project process. It can be accessed anytime at:


Health Literacy SEAGuide

Recently, the NN/LM SE/A began offering LibGuides for our network members. A new SEAGuide (our name for our LibGuides) has been developed on health literacy. It offers a quick one-stop for health literacy resources, blogs, videos, websites etc. There are now SEAGuides on each state in our region, electronic and personal health records, and more are in the works. As with any of our SEAGuides, please submit comments or your suggestions for additional resources. We always value your input. To see the health literacy SEAGuide, please visit: To view all SEAGuides, please visit:


Health Literacy Toolkit

The Southeastern Atlantic Region also developed a health literacy toolkit. Originally, this toolkit was handed out during the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Chapter meetings, but is now available electronically on our website. It is updated annually and was last updated in February 2011. This toolkit is an annotated bibliography of helpful resources and readings. To access the toolkit, please visit:

As with all of our offerings, we love hearing from you. If you have any comments, suggestions or input, please contact us.



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