Tuesday, September 8, 2009
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Saturday, August 29, 2009
Senator Kennedy mattered to me, too. Beyond his politics (which I almost always agreed with), he taught me about the power of story. In the "Hillary era" of healthcare reform many years ago, I met Senator Kennedy at a fundraising reception. In my brief moment with him I asked why he was so committed to this issue. He said something along the lines of "I had a broken back, my son had cancer, and my mother is having visiting nurses treat her at home." I knew then that his committment was real and ongoing. And I also learned that, even for the most powerful of men, stories matter. Thank you and farewell, Senator Kennedy.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I find this advice both compelling and validating. A team of us are trying to do somewhat the same with this year's Heath Literacy Month Storytelling Project. We plan to post one or more stories each day in October on www.healthliteracymonth.org.
Why does health literacy matter to you? Please share your story with us no later than August 31, 2009. You can email it to email@example.com
Founder & Director, Health Literacy Month
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
You can help. Think of the time you first knew that health literacy mattered. This realization may have come from an event, interaction, or experience you had as a patient, family member, friend, student, teacher, librarian, caregiver, or health professional. Tell us your story in words, photos, videos, or audio recording. Please frame your story in a positive way and make it "come alive" by including:
- Character: who this happened to
- Setting: where or when this took place
- Obstacle: barrier or problem
- Resolution: what happened, how obstacles were overcome
- Call to action: lessons learned along the way
Act now. We have just a few remaining story slots. Please send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 31, 2009. Want to know more? Please go to www.healthliteracymonth.org or email Helen Osborne at email@example.com
Health literacy. What's YOUR story?
Monday, August 17, 2009
My doctor began with lots about complicated statistics (she knows I'm savvy about healthcare) but I really wasn't "getting it." It was only when she held one hand high while saying, "This is how much the new medicine can benefit you." And then gesturing low with the other hand saying, "And this is how much risk you'll have by taking it." Her simple gestures helped me decide what to do.
What goes right in YOUR healthcare conversations?