Governor's Health Literacy Month Proclamation

Our theme for 2015’s Health Literacy Month observance in October is “Search Smart for your Health.” The mission is to help citizens learn to use information technology wisely for health decision-making. Therefore, the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy is honored to have the Governor’s proclamation.

Governor’s Health Literacy Month Proclamation

Search Smart for your Health

GAHL and GHSLA work together to promote Search Smart for your Health in recognition of Health Literacy Month, October 2015.

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Effectively Using an Interpreter

View this powerpoint on understanding interpretation, the difference between interpretation, and more.

Presented by
Steve Lownes, Assistant Director
Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute
University of Georgia
ATA Certified Translator English to Spanish
[email protected]

Working with an interpreter GA[1]

Click the link below for a sample code of ethics for translators and interpreters.


Working with a Telephonic Interpreter Best Practices

Listen to Dr. Rima Rudd, health literacy expert


Special presentation from Dr. Rima Rudd, Internationally-Known Health Literacy Expert!

 Visit CDC’s Health Literacy site to listen to Dr. Rima Rudd, one of the founders of health literacy scholarship and practice in the U.S., speak on the past and current state of health literacy and how to increase organizational capacity for shaping health messages. In this presentation, Dr. Rudd expresses the need to define and develop health literacy environments that support scientific principles, integrate health literacy findings and are conducive to efficacious action!

 Dr. Rima Rudd is a health literacy expert who works domestically and internationally. She has been a member of the faculty at Harvard’s School of Public Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, for over 25 years. She currently serves on the Health Literacy Roundtable at the National Academy for Medicine [formerly the IOM] and is engaged in research and policy projects in Australia, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the U.K. Dr. Rudd is a founder of and leader in health literacy studies and has won multiple awards for her contributions.

Are You Good to Go?

Presentation for Community Groups

Compassion & Choices ( is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to the full scope of end-of-life issues. As our logo tagline states, we focus on providing individuals and the healthcare industry with support, education and advocacy relating to choice and care at the end of life.

The Georgia Chapter has an ongoing a public education campaign, the centerpiece of which is a 30-minute PPT presentation, followed by a 15 to 20-minute Q&A session.

Titled Are You Good to Go?, our free presentation briefly describes the state of end-of-life healthcare today, then provides practical and critical information that will help ensure an individual’s end-of-life choices – whatever they may be – will be followed. We do not advocate any specific choice; we simply present the options every Georgian can accept or decline.

We also provide each attendee with a copy of Georgia’s current Advance Directive, the key legal document for stating individual end-of-life choices. In every presentation we’ve given, there has been a lively and helpful Q&A session that ends the program.

We’ve found Are You Good to Go? is best suited for 20 – 50 attendees.

For more information about scheduling a presentation of Are You Good to Go?, contact:

Perry Mitchell
President, Georgia Chapter
Compassion & Choices
[email protected]

HAB Health Literacy–Seeking Trainers


On behalf of John Snow, Inc. (JSI) and the Black AIDS Institute (BAI), we are pleased to introduce the Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau’s (HAB) Health Literacy Project Targeting Adult and Young Black/African American Men who have Sex with Men (MSM).

The HAB Health Literacy Project is designed to improve the capacity of health departments and community-based organizations to deliver health literate HIV services, with a particular focus on health services provided to Black/African American MSM.

We will select 100 trainers from 34 communities to participate in this training. After completing their training, trainers will select five health care professionals or organizations that serve Black/African American MSM in their communities and provide them with tailored health literacy training. The map below shows the communities where health literacy training will be offered.

Qualified applicants will be:

  • Experienced trainers
  • Comfortable discussing sexuality and stigma
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Familiar with Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program service providers, AIDS Service Organizations, and other community-based organizations in their community
  • Willing to dedicate their time to educate health professionals in their community about HIV health literacy

This project is designed to improve health outcomes along the HIV care continuum by developing health literate organizations and promoting health literacy as a component of culturally appropriate service delivery. By the end of this project, trainers will have advanced the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, developed health literacy competencies, and strengthened their training and presentation skills. Trainers will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation.

Applications for the HAB Health Literacy Project are available online at or by clicking here. Please share this opportunity with others in your network. The deadline to apply is June 12, 2015.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact [email protected], or visit our websites at or

Thank you for all you do.

Best regards,

Rene Esler
John Snow, Inc.
437 Memorial Drive, Ste. A11
Atlanta, GA, 30312
(404) 460-4790
[email protected]

This material was produced by John Snow Inc., under Contract #HHSH25020140037I with the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Everyone with Diabetes Counts

Reducing Diabetes Health Disparities through Community-Led Diabetes Management Empowerment and Education Programs – by Alliant Quality and Quality Improvement Organizations

View powerpoint:
Alliant Quality – Everyone with Diabetes Counts – Brief

Advancing health literacy in GA? Please join us.

Interested in becoming a member of the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy?  If you are advancing health literacy in Georgia, we invite you to attend our upcoming membership meeting:

When: Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Morehouse School of Medicine, NCPC Room 207
720 Westview Drive S.W. Atlanta, GA 30310

There is a lot going on in Georgia with health literacy, and we are pleased to have the following presenters at our meeting:

Michael Crooks, Alliant Quality—Everyone with Diabetes Counts: A Program to Empower Diabetes Patients”

Rhonda Hunter, US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services— “Health Literacy Lessons Learned in Insurance Enrollment Outreach”

Rene Esler, John Snow Inc—“HRSSA Project on Health Literacy and Young Black/African American Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)”

Henry Young, UGA School of Pharmacy— “Adopting an Easy to Read Medication Label”

Perry Mitchell, Compassion & Choices—“Plain Language Advanced Care Planning”

Roblena Walker, EMAGAHA, INC –“Perceptions of HIV/AIDS testing among urban and rural African American church members”

Whitney Griggs, Georgians for a Health Future—“Helping Newly Insured Georgians Use their Health Insurance”

Please let us know if you can join us. Click here to send us your contact information and we will put you on our mailing list as well.

Free Webinar-Center for the Study of Adult Literacy

Center for the Study of Adult Literacy
Free Webinar Event: Friday, May 29, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST


In September of 2012, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) awarded funding for a five-year research center for adult literacy. This center is dedicated to studying adults who read between the third and eighth grade levels.  We invite you to join us as we share an update on our activities.

During this webinar we will discuss our exploration of underlying cognitive and motivational processes that contribute to or impede reading development, and our development of a multi-component instructional program to help learners improve their reading and comprehension skills.

 This national webinar will be held on Friday, May 29th from 2:00-3:00 Eastern Time.

 Please register at:

Registration is limited! (If clicking on the above link does not work, copy/paste the URL into your browser)

Principal Investigator:
Daphne Greenberg, Ph.D., Professor, Georgia State University, Department of Educational Psychology, Communication Disorders, and Special Education

Co-Principal Investigators:
Maureen W. Lovett, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children
Art Graesser, Ph.D., Professor, The University of Memphis, Department of Psychology and the  Institute for Intelligent Systems

 Questions? Please contact Edison Wolf at: [email protected]