Programs & Resource Archive

Group Visits for Asthma Management
January 22, 2014

Group visits, or shared medical appointments, are a growing trend in chronic disease management. They can be an effective and cost-efficient way to teach self management, deliver comprehensive education and address some of the linguistic and cultural challenges when working with asthma patients. In this 5 minute podcast hosted by the Asthma Community Network, ACU Associate Director for Programs Lois Wessel, FNP, shares her thoughts on how group visits can be used to improve asthma … [Read more…]

What Families Can Do about Asthma
June 24, 2013

Spanish Podcast for Families on Asthma Management As part of Asthma Awareness Month 2013, ACU’s Associate Director for Programs, Lois Wessel, FNP  participated in a variety of Spanish language radio shows.  Here’s a clip from an Univision radio show called “El Consultorio de la Dra. Aliza” in which Lois is interviewed about what families can do to manage their asthma. Note: Available in Spanish only… [Read more…]

Resources for Caring for Farm Workers
June 10, 2013

By: Giulia Earle-Richardson, Write Resources, The Farmworker Clinical Care Resource for Occupational Health is a searchable website including hundreds of links to a range of free online resources for migrant health care providers, nurses and educators. It was developed by The New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH) Most clinicians visit the site to access patient education materials, available in printer-friendly versions on the site or via … [Read more…]

Asthma Training with CME Now Available
April 25, 2013

Building a Comprehensive Asthma Care Home: Engaging Clinicians, Patients and Caregivers in Comprehensive Asthma Management is a continuing professional education program offered by ACU and Co-hosted by the Clinical Directors Network (CDN). It has been approved for 1.0 prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Please Note: This webinar uses the Elluminate Platform.  You will be asked to give a name and email address to sign in. At the end of the presentation, you will be … [Read more…]

General Diabetes Patient Education Handouts
April 15, 2013

General Diabetes Patient Education Handouts New! Now Available in Haitian Creole ACU is pleased to make available eight patient education flyers on living with diabetes newly translated into Haitian Creole (also known as HC or Kreyol). The flyers are written in simple, plain language for low literacy audiences. Clinicians can download and print them on demand. The flyers are also available in English and Spanish. More than one million people living in North America speak Haitian Creole. In … [Read more…]

Michelle Lamb, Pharm.D., CDE, BCACP
December 10, 2012

Clinical pharmacist Michelle Lamb, Pharm.D., CDE, BCACP, takes pride in being part of a transdisciplinary health care team. She combines high tech (health IT is an important tool in enhancing patient care) with and high touch, delivering information tailored to the patient’s culture and literacy level. … [Read more…]

Order Your 2013 Health Promotion Calendar
December 4, 2012

Additional copies of the ACU 2013 health promotion wall calendar sent to all members are available for purchase. The calendar is suitable for use in exam rooms, offices and waiting rooms. The calendar theme is Be a Partner in Your Health. Using simple messages in English and Spanish, the calendar reminds patients that patient-centered health care involves a partnership in which they play an active role. The calendar messages are: Set health goals together / Formen metas de salud … [Read more…]

40 Educational Handouts on Using Insulin
December 3, 2012

Low Literacy and Very Low Literacy Versions Available ACU and the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation announce the release of 40 educational handouts for patients who are starting insulin. Each handout is written in easy to understand language with simple illustrations. The handouts are available in both English and Spanish and two literacy levels: low literacy and very low literacy. The handouts are free to download and distribute. Using Insulin to Treat Your Diabetes: What It … [Read more…]

Patient Education Resources for Low Literacy Populations
December 3, 2012

The Office of Minority Health  – offers patient education materials in English, Spanish and various other languages. Go to Publications, then Consumer Publications. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers free clinician and consumer guides that compare the benefits and risks of medications and/or other therapies for a wide range of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and rental … [Read more…]

Bridging the Disparities Gap with Mobile Technology
June 22, 2012

MHealth provides vital tools to support the goals of health care reform to increase health care access, improve care delivery systems, engage in culturally competent outreach and education with technology that is easy to use, affordable and scalable, and is already adopted by patients of all ages and socioeconomic status. Mobile health technology (mHealth) is changing the way the world approaches health care access and delivery. Text messaging is used to support patient adherence with chronic … [Read more…]

“Kicking the Can” at the National Soda Summit
June 15, 2012

How can Americans “kick the can” and limit our consumption of sugary beverages? This was the main issue explored at the first National Soda Summit hosted by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) on June 7 and 8, in Washington, DC. Nearly 250 people, including educators, activists, foundation executives, and public health advocates, such as ACU Executive Director Kathie Westpheling and I, attended this conference to explore the scope of issues involved with sugar-sweetened … [Read more…]

New Diabetes Patient Ed Resources
April 25, 2012

New and available free: patient education about the Fasting Blood Sugar Test. Patient handouts and videos are available in English, French, Russian and Spanish from Healthy Roads Media. These materials are adapted from the high-quality and extensive multilingual health education resources of Health Information Translations. Check out both websites for the tools you need. … [Read more…]