The ABCs of Health Literacy
At the recent Planetree Conference, promoting patient-/person-centered care, we heard some of the best “evidence” that Health Nuts Media animation was having a truly wonderful impact upon patients. These patient success stories came from one of the good folks at JFK Medical Center in New Jersey where they are using HNM content via their interactive in-room patient video services system provided by our channel partner, TVR Communications.
Adriana Rizzolo, MSN RN CRNP, spoke about some of her experiences using Health Nuts Media’s patient education content. She is a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist who serves as the clinical leader for Pediatric Nursing within JFK Medical Center. Her skills include clinical expertise in pediatrics, evidence based practice, collaboration, consultation, education, mentoring, and change leadership.
Adrianna’s clinical expertise stems from 6 years experience as a Pediatric Acute Care and Critical Care Nurse at a level one trauma center. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and her Master’s degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. She is board certified (more…)
Here’s a simple question: Why have the worlds of healthcare and “medicine” always avoided making health fun?
Here’s a simple answer: Making health fun just ain’t easy. (Please pardon the “ain’t.”)
Think about it. The worlds of health, healthcare, and medicine have long been owned by the elite. Typically, in years past, it was only the rich or privileged who were able to get medical training. Historically, the elite in their ivory towers of medical knowledge didn’t write down their wisdom for the general public; they wrote “scholarly” papers designed to talk in big terms using big words to “big” people with big vocabularies (and, many times, with big heads.) “It’s complicated, so it must be discussed with big words and in long, dull documents,” they said. And that is where they stopped. And that has become medical tradition.
Well, they were right…sort of. Health and the workings of the human body are pretty darn complex. There’s a whole lotta stuff going on inside of each of us. There’s a lot of “this thing connected to that thing causing the other thing to do some different thing.” We’re pretty amazing creatures full of complicated “machinery.”
But those medical elitists were wrong, too. Complicated or not, every single one of us has “health” (more…)
236,000,000,000 dollars! That’s how much low health literacy costs Americans each and every year; global costs are incalculable. Health Nuts Media presents an animated white paper on the challenges of low health literacy as well as solutions for increasing health literacy and improving consumer engagement using entertainment and new media.
Los Angeles, CA – June 25, 2012: Health Nuts Media has launched a Spanish-language version of its animated asthma education series Huff & Puff: An Asthma Tale. The seven-episode series, already valued by healthcare providers as a teaching tool for kids with asthma, is now available to millions of Spanish speakers who suffer from the chronic pulmonary condition.
“Rates of asthma are on the rise among children, especially Latino kids across the United States,” said Dr. Gregg Alexander, Chief Medical Officer, Health Nuts Media. “If we can make learning about asthma fun, we can reach that many more families with the information they need to take better control of their health.”
Question: What’s the value proposition of using animation versus live action recordings for pediatric health videos?
Health Nuts Media now available to 1,500 more primary care physicians
Los Angeles, CA – May 10, 2012: Health Nuts Media announces that its health literacy animation will now be available to an additional 1,500 U.S. pediatric and family medicine physicians as part of a licensing agreement with healthcare web design firm, Pediatric Web. As part of the agreement, Health Nuts Media animated videos will be offered to Pediatric Web clients on a subscription basis.
“Private practice physicians need medical education that engages and captivates their patients,” says Health Nuts Media CEO, Tim Jones. “Our partnership with Pediatric Web will give even more physicians the story-telling power of animation to better inform children and their families (more…)
Education technology provider collaboration turns focus to building knowledge of environmental triggers, treatment and more for asthma
WOODBURY, N.Y., May 10, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Learn360Awareness, an initiative from Learn360 designed to build awareness of specific topics and link supporting educational content to those topics, in partnership with Health Nuts Media, today announces the launch of its third initiative focusing on asthma.
“Nearly 1 in 10 school-aged children suffer from Asthma, making it the leading cause of absenteeism in the U.S. representing nearly 14 million missed school days annually,” said Chris Sanborn, president of Learn360. “The effects of this disease can be dramatically minimized with easy-to-adopt classroom environmental control practices. (more…)
One factor that impacts the skyrocketing costs of healthcare is the rate of health literacy, or perhaps I should say, the incredibly low rate of health literacy. In the United States, only 12% of adults are considered to have “Proficient” health literacy. In other words, a full 88% of Americans are not sufficiently (more…)