Monday, October 22, 2018

Health Literacy Month :: 6 Tips To Get The Most From Your Doctor’s Appointment via Medivisor

6 Tips To Get The Most From Your Doctor’s Appointment
Medivisor: 8.03.2015 by Kathleen Hoffman

Most people would say that going to the doctor is stressful. You’re there because you don’t feel your best; you’re poked with needles and prodded with questions. You’re worried about what the doctor will find and what she will tell you. You’re concerned that you’ll forget to tell your doctor something important or not remember what your doctor has told you at the appointment. And you may be anxious that you won’t understand what she says.

You are not alone. Forgetting to tell your doctor something important, or not remembering what your doctor has told you at an appointment, is common.
1) List Writing
When you are in a relaxed setting is the best time to sit down and come up with a list of symptoms or questions for your doctor. A prepared list in hand can give you a leg up in self-confidence and may get your concerns met more effectively.

2) Before the Appointment: Do A Little Research
You are going into the land of “medicalese.” Even if your physician tries to speak in plain language, it may not be clear to you. There are ways to increase your understanding. Read and learn about your health condition. Talk to others with similar conditions.

3) At The Appointment: Don’t Fear Asking Questions.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Literacy – Spanning North America :: Aurora IL :: Berks Co PA :: Morris Co NJ :: Bonnyville AB

Literacy: Spanning North America     

Founder of Aurora's Dominican Literacy Center says the need for this 25-year-old program is greater than ever
The Beacon-News: 9.29.2018 by Denise Crosby

It may have been providence that planted the seed. But it was a 1993 Charles Kuralt TV program about two nuns helping adults learn to read that motivated Sister Kathleen Ryan to create the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora.

Like most things in life, it was all about timing.

Ryan, a long-time school principal and education administrator in the Chicago area, happened to be subbing for a fourth-grade teacher on maternity leave at St. Peter School in Aurora when she saw the show. Plus, Congress had just released the National Adult Literacy Survey, and thanks to an appropriation bill passed a few years earlier, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office was offering one-time grants for literacy projects in the state.

Although she initially planned to start such a program in her hometown of Chicago, after talking to local pastors and social workers, Ryan realized there “was such a great need” for a center right here in Aurora.

The determined nun was initially turned down, however, because at the time she began applying for money, she only had five students, including a 75-year-old woman who wanted to learn to read so she could use shopping lists and be able to sing along in church.

But persistence paid off … as did lots of practice writing “grant after grant after grant.” And by the time Ryan secured $20,000 in funding and officially opened the Dominican Literacy Center in the basement of St. Nicholas Church, she had a total of nine students for the afternoon and evening classes, with another three on a waiting list.  READ MORE >>

Literacy Council of Reading-Berks Brings 50 Years of Service to Berks County
BCTV: 10.02.2018 by Literacy Council of Reading-Berks

Literacy. The word itself means the ability to read and write. But, to the students, volunteers, and professional staff at the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks, there is more to the word than a simple definition.

Formed in 1968, the Literacy Council began by the sheer determination of 13 women under the sponsorship of Church Women United, the Fellowship House of Reading, and the Reading-Berks Human Relations Council. These women spent the next five years, recruiting, mentoring and training 15 students to become tutors in hopes to address the illiteracy crisis in Berks County.
In Berks County, roughly 90,000 adults do not read well enough to understand a newspaper article written at an eighth-grade level or complete a job application. The effects of low literacy cost the United States close to $225 billion each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime, and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment, according to the National Institute for Literacy.  READ MORE >>

Spreading the word(s): Literacy volunteers are busy in Morristown
Morristown Green: 10.02.2018 by Marion Filler

American hospitality is alive and well, at the Morristown headquarters of Literacy Volunteers of Morris County.

“We more than open books, we open doors,” is the motto of the largest provider of free and personalized instruction in reading, writing and English conversation to adults over 18 in the State of New Jersey.

In a typical year, 300 tutors — all of them volunteers — assist approximately 800 students.

The majority are in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. But there also are native English speakers who are functionally illiterate, defined as reading below the 5th grade level.

This is an adult who cannot not read a newspaper, complete a job application, or understand written instructions from a doctor.  READ MORE >>

Future is bleak for BCLC
Bonnyvillenouvelle: 10.02.2018 by Meagan MacEachern

After 44 years of serving the community, the Bonnyville Community Learning Council (BCLC) is exploring their options, following the province’s decision to deny them funding through Alberta Advanced Education’s Community Adult Learning Fund.

Disappointing, heartbreaking, and disheartening were words used by the BCLC board to describe the news that their organization may be forced to dissolve after four decades in Bonnyville.

“To have to disband an organization that has been so successful is hurtful,” said Ina Smith, vice-chair of the board.

During their annual general meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27, the BCLC board decided to consider what’s next, now that they know provincial funding won’t be coming their way.

The BCLC provided additional learning opportunities for adults in Bonnyville for 44 years, and relied on the province’s dollars to operate.

Smith said they offered volunteer tutoring, and programs to enhance math, reading, and writing skills. The organization also held English as a Second Language courses, Spanish classes, and worked with other community groups to host events such as the Bonnyville Community Registration Night.

Family Literacy Night, Gardener’s Day, and the local Community Garden were just some of the projects the BCLC spearheaded.  READ MORE >>

Friday, October 19, 2018

Public Libraries Invited To Apply For $10,000 American Dream Grants For Adult Literacy Services

Public Libraries Invited To Apply For $10,000 American Dream Grants For Adult Literacy Services
ALA Member News: 10.15.2018 by Sarah Ostman

The American Library Association (ALA) and Dollar General Literacy Foundation invite public libraries to apply for grants to expand services for adult English language learners or adults in need of basic education and workforce development.

Up to 16 grants of $10,000 each will be awarded. Public libraries are eligible if they serve adult English language learners and are located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center or corporate office. Visit the Dollar General Store Locator.

ALA will host a free webinar at 1 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Oct. 24, for people interested in learning more about the American Dream grants. Register for the webinar here. (Note that the webinar will be recorded and available for free viewing on ALA’s Programming Librarian website.)

The American Dream Literacy Initiative strives to develop tools and resources for libraries and library staff to provide effective literacy services to adult English language learners in their communities and across the country.
Since 2008, 188 libraries in Dollar General communities have initiated or expanded literacy services for adult English language learners. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a second language (ESL) collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English language learning (ELL), general educational development (GED) and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations.

American Dream libraries build replicable programs, develop coalition-building strategies, and provide annotated lists of vetted resources for libraries across the country. ALA shares the libraries’ successes and strategies through the website, on webinars, and at state, regional and national conferences.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Health Literacy Month :: Health Literacy Still an Issue in Canada via ABC Life Literacy

Health Literacy Still an Issue in Canada
Newswire: 9.27.2018 by ABC Life Literacy Canada

October is Health Literacy Month, a time to increase understanding of health information and for Canadians to take charge of their health. According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 60 per cent of Canadian adults and 88 per cent of seniors are not health literate.

In recognition of Health Literacy Month, ABC Life Literacy Canada has developed nine new resources for patients and health care providers as part of the ABC Health Matters program. Good health literacy means being able to access, understand, evaluate, communicate and use information related to your health and the health of others to make appropriate health decisions.

The ABC Health Matters program was created to help Canadians to manage their health more effectively by increasing their confidence when talking about and making decisions regarding health issues. ABC Life Literacy developed a workbook-led workshop, delivered at community learning and health care centres across Ontario. =Through the program, adults develop a deeper understanding of how to advocate for their own health as well as the health of their family and gain a better understanding of how to access health care.

"It would be hard to find something more personal to someone than their health," said ABC Executive Director Mack Rogers. "It can be frustrating and sometimes frightening to feel as if you don't have control over your own health which is why we created the ABC Health Matters program. The program empowers Canadians to manage their health more effectively and increases their confidence in discussing their health issues with health care providers."

This year, additional resources were developed for the ABC Health Matters program to help Canadians take charge of their health during Health Literacy Month.

New resources available at include:

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Literacy – Spanning the US :: Los Angeles CA:: Orlando FL :: Bath ME :: Yuba Co CA

Literacy: Spanning the U.S.     

September Spotlight on Adult Literacy
LAPL Blog: 9.21.2018 by Kelly Tyler, Senior Librarian, Lifelong Learning

September is National Literacy Month and we want to thank all of our volunteers for the amazing and selfless work they do in support of adult literacy. Every day, all across Los Angeles, they take time out of their busy lives to help other Angelenos learn to read.

While the adult literacy program has many different resources, from self-study tools like Cell-Ed and group conversation classes for English language learners, the foundation of our program is the special relationship between a tutor and learner in one-on-one tutoring. Meeting twice a week over months or years, our pairs develop a mutually rewarding bond that allows adult learners to succeed in their literacy pursuits.

The story of Carmen and Lorena is a perfect example of this bond. In their own words, they tell us about their experience:

My name is Lorena Lordanic, I am 25 years old, and a proud adult literacy tutor. I have had the pleasure of being an adult literacy tutor for an entire year. Last February 2017, I was looking for a way to give my time in order to help someone else.

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Carmen Chavez. I'm 67 years old. I'm unemployed now, and I decided to join the adult literacy program at Wilmington Branch Library because I want to get a better job.  READ MORE >>

Adult Literacy League's Joyce Whidden to Retire
Orlando Sentinel: 9.25.2018 by Kate Santich

Joyce Whidden — who led the Adult Literacy League in helping tens of thousands of Central Floridians learn to read — will retire in December after 24 years at the charity, the board of directors announced Tuesday.

“Obviously it’s bittersweet,” said Whidden, 66, who became the league’s first executive director in 1998, four years after joining the organization as a part-time program director. “This has been a large part of my life. But we feel really good about where the organization is and where it’s going.”

During Whidden’s tenure, the nonprofit has grown from a paid staff of two with 75 students and volunteer tutors to 16 full- and part-time staff, 350 volunteers, and a projected 3,000 adult learners and 1,000 infants, toddlers and parents in learn-to-read programs this year alone.

The league now works with students at its Michigan Street literacy center in Orlando as well as at more than 20 partner locations throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.  READ MORE >>

Tri-County Literacy Changes Name to Midcoast Literacy
Times Record: 9.26.2018

The Tri-County Literacy Board of Directors and staff have announced the non-profit will now be known as Midcoast Literacy.

“We substantially increased our services and outreach efforts over the past decade,” said Executive Director Donald Lader, Jr., “and in the process, became aware of some confusion around our ‘tri-county’ designation. We want people to know we serve Sagadahoc, Lincoln, and northern Cumberland Counties and believe changing our name to Midcoast Literacy clarifies our regional service area.” Lader added that nothing else about the organization is changing. “Our mission continues to be ‘improving lives through literacy’ and we continue to offer the same free services to adults and families seeking to better their literacy skills.”

David Damour of Brunswick, chairman of Midcoast Literacy’s Board of Directors, said, “Our board is committed to finding ways to serve as many people as we can in our three Midcoast counties. We hope our name change will help us do just that by making us easier to find.”

Midcoast Literacy, headquartered in the Midcoast Maine Community Action Center, in Bath, has been addressing the literacy needs of residents from Freeport to Waldoboro for more than four decades.  READ MORE >>

Congressman Garamendi honors 13 from Yuba-Sutter-Colusa as Women of the Year
Appeal Democrat: 9.27.2018 by Chris Kaufman

Fifty women – including several from Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties – were honored during an annual event Friday in Woodland.

During the fifth annual Women of the Year event, Congressman John Garamendi, a Democrat from Fairfield, honored women from throughout the Third Congressional District as leaders and visionaries in their communities.

“One of the highlights of my year, every year, is hosting this event to recognize the achievements of these distinguished women,” said Garamendi, in a press release. “These leaders come from a variety of backgrounds, but every one of them has made a real difference to their communities and the people around them. It’s a privilege to be able to honor them.”

The women have all made significant contributions to their communities and society through public service, business, education, local advocacy or service in the military.

Women of the Year award recipients from Yuba, Sutter and Colusa counties are:
Sutter County

Tejinder Kaur, Yuba City, through her work at the Sutter County Library Literacy Services Department she has helped a large immigrant population learn to speak, read and write in English. She was also pivotal in establishing the Sutter County Library’s Literacy Services Citizenship Preparation class, which has helped students pursuing United States Citizenship. The program has helped complete 6,386 applications for naturalization, 740 applications for certificates of citizenship and 4,000 fee waiver requests.  READ MORE >>

Monday, October 15, 2018

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