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Reflection on 2013: Health Literacy Promotion Goes Global, Beginnings Guides Renewed

New  2014 Editions
If you have not see the new Beginnings Pregnancy Guide, and the new Beginnings Guia para Embarrazo, and the new Beginnings Parents Guide, take a look!  Great new photos.  All content checked and updated.  A scan code instantly links your mobile device to new sections of  BeginningsGuides.com direct from the Guides. For parents there are Pregnancy Resources and Parents Resources that we have investigated and found to be reliable, easy to use and free of advertising. You service providers will find lots of useful tools in the Resources for Beginnings Users section.  Also in 2013, we closed the warehouse so now all our printing, inventory management and fulfillment are in one place, at ColorGraphics Seattle. If you distribute Beginnings by mail, we can print your envelopes, address, stuff
and mail them and manage returns. What a Special Edition with program specific content and your program name on it? We can do that, too.
 
Speaking of the websites
BeginningsGuides.com had 125,000 visitors in 2013. HealthLiteracyPromotion.com 
had 50,000 visitors.  2000-4000 of you read the blogs each month. And we have
900 Twitter followers.
 
Most read blogs
Notes from the Field CenteringPregnancy, Promoting Maternal Health Literacy“Health Illiteracy” is Not a Disease
 
Promoting Health Literacy Nationally & Internationally
Cape Town, South Africa April 17-19, 2013
I got to keynote the first conference on Building Children’s Nursing for Africa organized by Univeristy of Cape Town School of Nursing and Red Cross Children’s Hospital. My theme:empowering mothers for health. Now I am delighted to be serving as a guest editor with Prof. Minette Cootzee for a special edition of South Africa’s national nursing journal Curation is featuring 12 articles from the conference.
 
Vancouver, BC, Canada May 1-4, 2013
I participated in an invitational international workshop that initiated a new “knowledge hub” at University of British Columbia. The consensus was that health literacy involves patient, provider and system. I argued that this formula includes the provider and the providers’context (the system) but omits the patient’s social context. View participants’ brief videos on health literacy here.
 
Bozeman, MT, USA  August 19-20, 2013
I got to keynote the Montana State Early Childhood Council’s first Family Support Summit.  Theme: promoting maternal health literacy through home visiting. In March 2014 I will return to MT to work with all staff of Ravelli Head Start in Hamilton, MT whose director Kristin Segall recognized at the Summit that “Health literacy is everybody’s job.”
 
Washington DC, October 26-28, 2013
This was a whirlwind as I presented on theParents as Teachers Health Literacy Demonstration Project at the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference, and presented a workshop with colleague April Thayer of WellPoint on the upcoming pilot project to integrate health literacy promotion into CenteringPregnancy and field test the newMaternal Health Literacy Self-Assessment.

Sydney, Australia November 26-29.
I was awarded a travel scholarship to attend University of Sydney’s conference on health literacy and participate in the second meeting of the Worldwide Universities Health Literacy Network.  I participated with a group of academics and patient representatives to plan an international collaboration on developing health literacy as a community asset. That is just getting underway.

Health Literacy Training Videos Take 2
We planned to have the free training videos produced with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region up on the websites in August. But we got good criticism from our reviewers and we are revising accordingly. Stay tuned.

On to 2014. I so appreciate your partnership in serving mothers, foundation of a healthy society. SS
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