Health Literacy SIG

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Annual Report

Co-chairs:  Barbara Bayldon MD, Northwestern University, H. Shonna Yin MD MS New York University, Andrea K Morrison, Medical College of Wisconsin

SIG purpose/mission: SIG's mission is to advance health literacy in the healthcare system and reduce the health literacy burden that children and their families experience in order to improve pediatric outcomes.

Current SIG goals:

  1. To develop and foster an agenda for health literacy research which promotes high quality pediatric care and improved child health outcomes
  2. To provide training and cultivate collaborative projects for child health providers and trainees to improve skills in evidence-based techniques for clear communication
  3. To develop and promote the dissemination of clear, reader-friendly child health information
  4. To provide evidence-based solutions to advance health literacy in practice
  5. To partner with other organizations (AAP, AMA, CDC, IOM, NIH) to ensure that a pediatric HL perspective is part of the National Health Policy Agenda, including collaboration on policy statements

Annual summary: Last year has seen continued collaborations between SIG members  

  1. During the year, our SIG group completed its work on the APA SIG Small Grant HPV Vaccination Award, "A Health Literacy Initiative to Improve Provider-Parent HPV Vaccine Communication" (Co-PI': Rosy Chaabra, PsyD, H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS; co-I' Barbara Bayldon, MD, Iman Sharif, MD, MPH, MS, Deena Chisolm, PhD, Maheen Quadri-Sheriff, MD, MS). We have submitted a manuscript and are in the process of completing an extension of this work, concentrating on provider-youth communication and youth feedback on HPV vaccine handouts.
  2. A group of SIG members has continued to  work on creating a health literacy curriculum based on a workshop we sponsored at PAS in 2015, with the goal of submitting it to MedEdPORTAL by the end of the summer
  3. Our HL SIG PAS  session this year featured the talk, An Intervention Presentation "I-PASS: Using Principles of Health Literacy to Improve Team and Family Communication in the Inpatient Setting" , by Alisa Khan, MD, MPH of Boston Children' Hospital / Harvard Medical School  and H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS ofNYU School of Medicine, followed by brief sharing of other interventions by Alexander Glick, MD, Aditi Gupta, DO,  Andrea Morrison, MD, MS, Christopher Russo, MD, and Shonna Yin, MD, MS.

We then broke out into 3 groups, focused on education, research and practice to further explore current work, and discuss future directions.

If you are interested in working on projects during the year, please contact one of the chairs,  H. Shonna Yin (,  Barbara Bayldon (, Andrea Morrison ( 

Other groups that work in your area of interest: Serving the Underserved SIG, Advocacy Training SIG, Literacy Development Programs in Primary Care SIG

April 2017 Newsletter Article

Come join us for the Health Literacy Special Interest Group (SIG) at the upcoming 2017 PAS meeting in San Francisco in May!

Tuesday May 9th
Sierra Suite C- Marriott Marquis

This year our Health Literacy SIG meeting will have a special guest speaker, Dr. Benard Dreyer! Many of you know him as the former president of the APA and AAP, but he is also a tireless advocate for health literacy, childhood literacy, and poor and underserved populations. He will share his perspectives on future directions and needs with respect to health literacy from the research, advocacy, and education perspectives. During the meeting, interactive work groups will plan the next research, education, and practice priorities. This year, participants are encouraged to bring in specific examples of interventions in research, education, and practice; we hope that by sharing individual solutions we can generate a common understanding of current efforts in the field.

As we have each year, we will be sharing with you a "Health Literacy Guide to PAS" via email, as well as posting it on the APA wiki page. We welcome ideas from all of you regarding the topics you would most be interested in concentrating on as part of the Health Literacy Special Interest Group, as we seek to advance our goals in research, education, and practice! We hope to see you in San Francisco!

APA Health Literacy SIG Chairs

Dr. Barbara Bayldon

Dr. H. Shonna Yin

Dr. Andrea Morrison

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Barbara Bayldon, MD
225 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) -22-6110

Andrea Morrison, MD
912 N 76th St
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Phone: (414) 326-7832

Hsiang Yin, MD
11 Lincoln Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (347) 432-6380



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