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Health Literacy: Assess Your Practice

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work-desk-vector     The North Carolina Program for Health Literacy has produced Assess Your Practice which included a questionnaire and tools. The guide incorporates the Health Literacy Universal Precautions.

1. Improve Spoken Communication.

2. Improve Written Communication.

3. Improve Self-Management and Empowerment.

4. Improve Supportive Systems.

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Health Literacy: Assess Your Practice

The North Carolina Program for Health Literacy has produced “Assess Your Practice” which included a questionnaire and tools.

The Policy ThinkShop provides this user-friendly link for your convenience:

http://www.nchealthliteracy.org/toolkit/tool2.pdf

The guide incorporates the Health Literacy Universal Precautions.

1. Improve Spoken Communication.

2. Improve Written Communication.

3. Improve Self-Management and Empowerment.

4. Improve Supportive Systems.

More via Health Literacy: Assess Your Practice.

Filed under: Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, consumers, Culture Think, Health Literacy, Health Policy, Healthcare Reform

The Tim Ferriss Effect: Lessons From My Successful Book Launch

Social Media is interactive, sustainable and deliciously repetitive …  This means you can use it to promote and sustain messages, conversations and eventually more easily sustained marketing relationships with your customers.

The Policy ThinkShop brings your attention to this exemplary story about promoting in the age of social media …

“If you had a book coming out, and you were considering how to get people excited to buy it, read it, and talk about it, which would be most valuable to you:1 a 3-minute segment about your book which is long by TV news standards, including a close-up shot of the cover, on primetime CNN. . .2 a 1,000 word piece you wrote on a topic related to your book, published in the Sunday opinion section of America’s newspaper of record, the New York Times, which reaches the #6 most emailed piece on NYTimes.com within a day. . .3 a guest post you wrote, published on the blog of one lone dude in SF obsessed with fat loss, female orgasms, and lifting Russian kettle bells?If your goal was to cause a lightning storm of book sales, you should pick #3. I know—I did all three.”

via The Tim Ferriss Effect: Lessons From My Successful Book Launch.

Filed under: analytics, Blogosphere, Changing Media Paradigm, consumers, MashCrunchWired, Mass Media and Public Opinion

Linking Research to Public Interest

At the Policy ThinkShop we are constantly trying to discover and share the most comprehensive and reliable public policy resources available to support you in your efforts to master specific policy areas.  One of these areas which impacts every aspect of our personal, public and private lives is education policy.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is a good resource for everything education policy:

“As part of its mission to “promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good,” AERA has enlisted the expertise of its members to provide comment on Supreme Court cases and federal legislation to support this mission.

Amicus BriefsAERA has provided scientific evidence in legal briefs submitted to the Supreme Court in cases involving social justice in education.

Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin 2012:  Amicus Brief Brings Education Research to Bear in Major Affirmative Action Case.

Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education 2006: Both cases, ruled on jointly by the Supreme Court, focused on district policies encouraging integration that allowed for race to be used as a “tiebreaker” for public choice of high schools in Seattle and as a factor in determining elementary school assignments in Louisville.

Grutter v. Bollinger 2003: Challenge of University of Michigan Law School admissions policy that the plaintiff unsuccessfully argued gave applicants from underrepresented minority groups a greater likelihood of being accepted than white applicants.

Gratz v. Bollinger 2003: Challenge of University of Michigan undergraduate admissions policy that allocated a certain number of points to applicants from underrepresented minority groups.”

More via Linking Research to Public Interest.

Filed under: access to education, Blogosphere, consumers, Education Policy, Education Reform, Parenting, Public Policy

Jobs Return to Peak, but Quality Lags – WSJ

America’s work is work, but it’s not working very well.   Let us explain.

The world economy has been transformed the American job market does not now seem able to sustain the large middle class that many argue made American great and unique.

“The U.S. finally clawed back all the jobs lost since the recession hit in late 2007, a watershed in a grindingly slow recovery that finds a labor market still in many ways weaker now than before the downturn.U.S. payrolls in May hit an all-time high after the first four-month stretch of job creation above 200,000 since the boom days of the late 1990s, according to the Labor Departments latest employment report. In all, employers added 217,000 jobs last month, nudging payrolls above the prior peak in January 2008.”

More via Jobs Return to Peak, but Quality Lags – WSJ.

Filed under: access to education, Aging, Blogosphere, Job Sector

Thank You, Rolling Stone | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone

Matt Taibbi has been a loud and purposeful voice for Rolling Stone Magazine…  Think what you will of his ideological proclivities, the man is engaging, entertaining and has attitude.

The following is his farewell letter to the Rollig Stone family of readers, writers and all around rebel rousers.

“Today is my last day at Rolling Stone. As of this week, I’m leaving to work for First Look Media, the new organization that’s already home to reporters like Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras.”

More via Thank You, Rolling Stone | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone.

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Thanks to social media communications and public relations now have a global reach but do they have a global understanding? Language study: What is a foreign language worth? | The Economist

The internet is instantaneously connecting the world and speeding up business. The public relations and communications capacity of firms is being multiplied by their ability to broadcast messages to huge audiences at small prices.   But what happens when communications experts phase market opportunities in languages and cultures they can now more easily reach but do not understand?

As world trade expands on the wings of technological progress and the opening of huge markets (like the Chinese, new leaders like Brazil, and  others) creates a need for intercultural exchange, speaking a second or third language may prove to be a key asset.  Depending on the languages you speak, your career prospects could differ accordingly.

“Why do the languages offer such different returns? It has nothing to do with the inherent qualities of Spanish, of course. The obvious answer is the interplay of supply and demand. This chart reckons that Spanish-speakers account for a bit more of world GDP than German-speakers do. But an important factor is economic openness. Germany is a trade powerhouse, so its language will be more economically valuable for an outsider than the language of a relatively more closed economy.”

More via Language study: Johnson: What is a foreign language worth? | The Economist.

Filed under: Blogosphere, Changing Media Paradigm, consumers, Language, language and public relations, Mass Media and Public Opinion, News, Policy ThinkShop Comments on other media platforms

Is your doctor happy? With Poll from: Gallup.Com

When you visit your doctor does (s)he look happy?  At the end of the day healthcare is a one on one personal experience.  All the insurance coverage or fancy machines in the world won’t improve medical care if the doctor patient relationship is not optimal.

So what is our healthcare system doing to address physician happiness?  The Gallup organization took a closer look at hospitals, one place where physician practice is defined and sustained–for better or for worse…

“When doctors are frustrated, patient care and hospital revenues suffer. Heres how hospitals can engage their physicians — and make a positive impact on patients and the bottom line.”

via Gallup.Com – Daily News, Polls, Public Opinion on Politics, Economy, Wellbeing, and World.

Filed under: ACA and Medicaid, Behavioral Health Outcomes, Blogosphere, Cancer Treatment & Success, Health Literacy, Health Policy, Healthcare Reform, Maternal and Child Health, Medicaid, Medicaid Expansion, Medical Research, Medicare, New American Electorate, Polls and pollsters, Public Health

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