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Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care’s Bless Your Heart health ministry toolkit has helped improve the well-being of the congregation in Arkansas churches. Visit Success Stories to learn more.

MetaStar highlights heart healthy medication therapy management in a video featuring Ha yat Pharmacy in Wisconsin. Visit Success Stories to learn more

QSource releases “West Tennessee Senior Resource Guide for Providers.”  Visit Success Stories to learn more.

Arkansas Libraries Joining the Fight Against High Blood Pressure- Blood pressure monitors now available in libraries.

Loucious Thomas: Against the Odds- The story of Loucious Thomas, an Arkansas man who lost more than 130 pounds after serious chest pain forces him to go to the hospital. That hospital visit triggered a complete life change for Mr. Thomas. View His Story and Other Cardiac Success Stories External Link Icon

Information on Heart Disease Prompts Beneficiary to Seek Care The instructor spoke with John after a diabetes class when she notices he was not feeling well. In fact, John was not feeling well, and he continued to feel worse as the day progressed.  John remembered some information that was shared during one of the Diabetes Self Management Education classes. Please read more to learn how John took action.

Cooking Healthy Meals with Food Bank Ingredients - Ann and her husband learned how to make lifestyle changes to help them manage their diabetes. They have struggled to make diabetes-healthy meals from the starchy foods they get from the food bank—mostly potatoes, rice, beans, and pastas. In Ann’s EDC diabetes education class, she learned a new method of preparing potatoes. Learn more about cooking healthy meals with food bank ingredients and other success stories.

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Join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health External Link Icon in celebrating National Minority Health Month by raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. This year's theme is Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity. The theme brings awareness to the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities in our country and the need to unite towards the common goal of improving the health of every American. All of us deserve the chance to live a healthy life, so join us in ensuring health equity for all.  Together, we can ensure healthier communities and a stronger nation.

In accordance with this year’s National Minority Health Month theme, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are highlighting prevention strategies and actions leading to health equity with a variety of activities, tools and resources. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website External Link Icon to learn more.

DNCC Quick Fact Series ~ Friday, April 25, 2014

Did you know...
The prevalence of limited health literacy is often greater among older adults, people with limited education, and those with limited English proficiency (LEP). For individuals whose native language is not English, issues of health literacy are compounded by deficiencies in basic communication and comprehension of specialized vocabulary used to convey health information. People with low health literacy tend to seek health care when they are sicker and to use fewer preventive health services. They also tend to have more chronic conditions and manage those conditions poorly; make more medication errors; be hospitalized more often, and have more visits to the emergency department.

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Institute of Medicine (2004). Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. Washington, DC. External Link Icon

Relevant Resources:

  • View Health Literacy and Universal Precautions [pdf], an article written by Izione Silva, the DNCC Language, Culture, and Engagement Coach, on ways for health care providers and organizations to more effectively engage patients with limited health literacy.
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