Center for Health Literacy Promotion - Action research for effective use of health info & services
Promoting Health Literacy with
 Free Information & Cool Tools 
from Your National Library of Medicine
These videos and accompanying materials may be used freely for educational purposes only as long as no changes are made, attributions are retained, and no part is sold or used for any commercial purpose.
This three-part video training series is designed for social and health services providers and programs with limited time and money for training and materials. The brief videos (8-10 minutes) are intended for independent or small group learning and for use in staff meetings, trainings and other scheduled activities.  For details on the presenters, producer, and funder see the Facilitators Guide.

Session 1 (8 min) introduces the two part challenge of promoting health literacy. Then Gail Kouame of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine takes viewers on a tour of the free, evidence-based information resources of the National Library of Medicine. She demonstrates how to access MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference and from any  computer. Gail’s tour models how to introduce the resources to families and so accomplish the first challenge - to empower a person to obtain information that is  reliable, understandable, actionable, and free.

Session 2 (10 min) Sandra Smith introduces the concepts of health literacy and health empowerment. Viewers explore the health~literacy connection, health literacy as a personal and community asset that can be built, and reflective questioning as a teaching and learning method to help a person develop interactive and reflective health literacy skills needed to use information for health.

Session 3 (10min) introduces a three-question framework viewers can use to accomplish the second challenge of promoting health literacy: to empower a person to use information for health. The three questions frame a reflective conversation to empower a person to move from information to problem solving, goal setting and health promoting action. The instructors role play “Dora’s Story”  to demonstrate what reflective questioning looks like when it is happening on the ground.  This simple practical method can be used to integrate health literacy promotion and health empowerment into usual health education and skills development activities.  Pre-test  Post-test   Handout View Video #3

View & Print Handouts   
Session 1 Materials
            Session 1 Pre-test
            Session 1 Post-test
            Session 1 Do It Yourself Handout
            Session 1Answer Key
            Evaluation Form
Session 2 Materials
            Session 2 Pre-test 
            Session 2 Post-test
            Session 2 Do It Yourself Handout
            Session 2 Answer Key   
            Evaluation Form

Session 3 Materials      
           Session 3 Pre-test
           Session 3 Post-test
           Session 3 Do It Yourself Handout
           Session 3 Answer Key 
           Evaluation Form

National Library of Medicine Information Resources
Household Products Database -
Genetics Home Reference -
April 2011 NNLM free webinar Beyond Better Info


Special thanks to these experts who were instrumental in the development and production of this video training series.

Cathy Burroughs, National Network of Libraries of Medicine -PNW, Project Officer 
David Emerald & Donna Zajonc, Power of TED* The Empowerment Dynamic

Michael Murphy & William Valesco, UW PCE-EDGE

Robert Logan, National Library of Medicine, Communications Research Scientist
Linda Wollesen, Life Skill Outcomes,  reflective practice for home visitation.

This project has been funded  by the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00008-C with the University of Washington.

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