August 28, 2019
In this issue:
-Expanding Opioid Program with Justice-Involved Individuals
-2019 Community Programming
-WHL Awarded Community-University Partnership Award
-Med Label Project on the Road
-Summit Videos Online
Expanding Opioid Program with Justice-Involved Individuals
WHL Awarded Minority Health Grant to Expand Opioid Program
For the past year, WHL has been working with diverse populations throughout the state to educate on safe and effective opioid use. WHL is looking forward to this next year for the opportunity to reach a new population, working with justice-involved individuals.

Thanks to the support of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Minority Health Program, WHL was awarded $25,000 to expand from the existing Let's Talk About Pain Medicines program and develop curriculum for a new program called Let's Talk about Opioids .

Learning that the leading cause of death after being released from prison is drug overdose, WHL has partnered with five correctional and transitional facilities in Wisconsin to host a series of workshops that provides education for people in prison or jail about opioids and the risks associated after being released from prison or jail.
2019 Community Programming
Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) facilitates FREE workshops for community members and health professionals to participate in:
 Scheduling Phase Two of Digital Health Literacy Program
Thanks to the support from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Greater Midwest Region (NNLM-GMR), WHL is continuing the work of the digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust . This phase of the program allowed for creation of more translated materials and interpretation to work with refugee and immigrant populations in Wisconsin.

Phase Two consists of two parts:
  • 25 community-based workshops helping users navigate the web, find reliable health information online, and make the most of their online resources
  • 10 train-the-trainer workshops for library staff to learn about the program and be trained to facilitate workshops for patrons

Workshops and trainings for Phase Two will begin in October of 2019 and end April of 2020. For more details, contact Caitlyn Mowatt at
“You’re never too old to stop trying. At 91 years old I’m still learning and try my best.”
- Cobb Library Participant at Health Online Workshop
Improving Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementia Care through HL
Coordinate a training in your community
Looking for an opportunity to expand your current dementia care program and education? Ask about WHL's training-based program designed to help care professionals and unpaid caregivers communicate more effectively with people impacted by early Alzheimer's and dementia.

Thanks to the support of Bader Philanthropies, WHL will facilitate 20 on-site trainings throughout Wisconsin through June of 2020.

If you're interested in hosting a training, contact Caitlyn Mowatt at
Let's Talk About Pain Medicines
Schedule a workshop in your community
WHL will be facilitating 50 Let's Talk About Pain Medicines workshops this year, focusing on safe and effective opioid use. In addition to last year's highly credited content, WHL is excited to include new program content addressing the history of opioids, the opioid crisis and recognizing signs of an overdose.

Thanks to the support of Security Health Plan, workshops will be facilitated in their service area through December of 2019.

If you're interested in hosting a workshop, contact Kari LaScala at or Caitlyn Mowatt at
WHL Awarded 2019 Community-University Partnership Award
WHL was honored to be one of the recipients for the 2019 Community-University Partnership Award, presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Blank on June 26th.
The work would not have been possible without the support and partnership of Dr. Paul Smith of UW-Madison. WHL thanks Dr. Smitih and the UW for great collaborative work in the field of health literacy and congratulates all the 2019 award recipients for the outstanding work done throughout Wisconsin.
2019 Summit Videos Now Available
Med Label Project on the Road
Pictured to the right, Stephanie Blumberg, PharmD, of Aurora Pharmacy and Kari LaScala of Wisconsin Health Literacy presented, “Better Labels=Better Health: Improving Adherence and Understanding through Patient-Centered Labels” at Epic’s 2019 User Group Meeting on August 26, 2019.

Learn more about the Medication Label Project, including an upcoming presentation for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and student pharmacists on September 6th at Concordia University Wisconsin School of Pharmacy by visiting:
Thanks to the following organizations for supporting Wisconsin Health Literacy:
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