May 16, 2019
In this issue:
-2019 Summit Recap
-Community Workshops & Trainings - New Funded Programs
-Participation in National Conference
-Health Literacy Training Opportunities
-New WHL Office Address
2019 Summit Recap
Educational. Engaging. Inspiring. These were words used to summarize the 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit.

With almost 300 attendees from 25 states, this year's Summit captured the attention of many professionals looking to broaden their health literacy lens. A majority felt energized to take on the next step of a health literacy project and included comments, such as:
"Lots of great resources! This presentation went quickly, but I look forward to reveiwing things and sharing with my team when I get back."

"The conference speakers inspired me to look at the services our agency delivers (i.e. ESL, correctional education, computer literacy, etc.) through a different lens. We have offered some health literacy workshops in the past, but these were offered as stand-alone activities. Following the conference, we plan to more fully integrate health related content into our daily activities with all learner populations."

"Excellent Summit! This event has standing in the field, which makes it attract really good people, both new and experienced!"
In a 1-week follow-up survey, participants responded they are most likely to use the information, tools, strategies, and opportunities presented at the Summit to meet the needs of populations with a wide range of health literacy skills within one or more of the following areas:- interpersonal communication-print, audiovisual, web, or social media content-navigation of your facility (72%). The other top categories were: 
Community Workshops & Trainings
Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust
Host a workshop in your community
Only a few more workshops are available for Phase One of Wisconsin Health Literacy's (WHL) new digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust . Supported by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Greater Midwest Region (NNLM-GMR), this educational workshop is designed for libraries and community-based organizations in Wisconsin to help users navigate the web, find reliable health information online, and make the most of their online resources.

The program includes a 90-minute workshop where community members use iPads to follow along and have a hands-on experience doing health searches.

If you're interested in hosting a workshop, contact Caitlyn Mowatt at

WHL Granted Funding for Phase Two of Program
WHL is excited for the opportunity to continue work of the program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust . This month, WHL was awarded the Health Outreach Grant funded by NNLM-GMR. This grant allowed for creation of Phase Two of the program and will target refugee and immigrant populations in Wisconsin. The workshops are designed the same as Phase One, inlcuding the option to have matierals translated and interpretation during the presentation.

Phase Two will also offer 10 train-the-trainer workshops for library staff.

Workshops and trainings for Phase Two will begin in October of 2019. For more details, contact Caitlyn Mowatt at
“I don’t use computers, but my daughter looks stuff up for me. Now I can know what to tell her to do and where to go.” – Ellsworth Library Participant
Improving Alzheimer's Diesase and other Dimentia Care through HL
More trainings coming this fall
Wisconsin Health Literacy (WHL) was awarded additional funds from Bader Philanthropies, Inc. to continue the work in disseminating the toolkit and workshop curriculum, Using Health Literacy Principles to Enhance the Care of Adults Who have Dementia and Early Alzheimer’s , created by WHL. The workshops are training-based and designed to help care professionals and unpaid caregivers communicate more effectively with people impacted by Alzheimer's and dementia.

WHL will facilitate 20 onsite trainings throughout Wisconsin. Workshops will begin in September 2019 and end June 2020.

If you're interested in hosting a training, contact Caitlyn Mowatt at
WHL Presents at National Conference
Implict Bias, Health Literacy, and Health Disparities
Plenary presentation at IHA Conference
Wisconsin Health Literacy Director, Stan Hudson, took stage at this year's Institute for Healthcare Advancement's (IHA) Conference hosted in Costa Mesa, California. Stan was a plenary speaker at the nationally recognized conference and had an interactive presenation, Implicit Bias, Health Literacy, and Health Disparities .

The presentation explained implicit verse explicit bias and understanding cultural differences. As Stan stated, "it's important we practice cultural consciousness in our work every day".
Let's Talk About Pain Medicines
Sharing successes of 2018 programs
Wisconsin Health Literacy was also represented during the poster presentation reception at IHA's conference. Caitlyn Mowatt, Health Communications Specialist, presented findings from three Let's Talk About Pain Medicines programs funded in 2018. The programs focused on relavant and important information given our national crisis - how to safely and effectively use opioid medicine.
WHL is continuing the work of Let's Talk About Pain Medicines in 2019 with support from Security Health Plan. 50 workshops will be facilited in the Security Health Plan service area in Wisconsin. Workshops begin in June and will end in December 2019.

If you're interested in learning more about this program, contact Caitlyn Mowatt at or Kari LaScala at .
Health Literacy Training Opportunities for Your Team
Wisconsin Health Literacy is a statewide nonprofit organization raising awareness of the importance of health literacy and fostering better communication between those who give and those who receive health care services.

Wisconsin Health Literacy provides:

Education and training: On-site, interactive presentations and training programs on health literacy and oral and written communication; biennial Health Literacy Summit

Consultation: Assistance in how to start or maintain a health literacy program

Plain Language Review: Editing, writing and consumer-testing of brochures or other documents to ensure they are understandable and actionable for all literacy levels

Organizational Assessment: Review of a health care or health insurance organization’s health literacy environment, policies and practices, with recommendations on how to improve health literacy

Website Usability Evaluation: Review and consumer-testing of website for ease of use by the broader population, including those with limited literacy

Awareness Building: Customized presentations and public information on who is affected by limited health literacy, and how it can impact health outcomes

Advocacy: Support for local, state and national initiatives relating to health literacy
Health Literacy Projects: Community-based interventions to improve health, health care and health insurance services.

Interested in health equity? Check out Wisconsin Health Literacy's new diversity and inclusion trainings!

Click on the flyer to download a PDF
For information or a proposal for services, contact Stan Hudson at or (608) 257-1655, ext. 2.
Please update your records with our new address:

211 S. Paterson St.
Suite 170
Madison, WI 53703

We’ll have the same phone numbers and email addresses.
Thanks to the following organizations for supporting Wisconsin Health Literacy:
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