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Does technology keep our babies safe?

Where is the intersectionality between marketing and consumer products, health literacy, technology, and science? Today, it seems to be in the product development of technlogy driven tools and apps designed to provide parents ease of mind as it relates to the safety of their infants and toddlers. Consider the increase in wearable baby monitors that track a baby's breathing and heart rates and send the information to a designated smartphone.

ICYMI: New Guidelines for introducing peanuts into children's diets.

There has been a great deal of discussion about the increase of food allergies and the impact / diligence this has on a child's life. Recently, there has been talk about changes to the recommendations of introducing peanuts into an infants diets. Now, the American Academy of Peadiatrics' (AAP) recommendation is that high-risk infants as young as four months have peanuts introduced to their diets.

LINCS Resources for Science: January Spotlight


The LINCS Resource Collection includes a wealth of resources that can be used in the Science classroom. This month, I wanted to highlight two resources that you might find useful in your classroom. 

Your Health

This booklet can be used to help students build important health literacy skills, such as understanding important preventative health measures and understanding basic health information with a goal towards utilizing it to make appropriate health decisions. Contents include the following: 

Adult Learners' Use of Internet Technology for Health Purposes


Two recent national health and Internet technology studies have caught my attention.  Articles about them have stimulated this question: Do your students use Internet technology for health-related purposes? If so, how?

Can Poor Health Literacy be Addressed by Bringing People Together, Face-to- Face?

Health Literacy colleagues,

News You Can Use: Keep Safe in Hot Weather

Dear Colleagues:

You'll find some interesting tips to pass on to your students in Keep Safe When Temperatures Soar.  Some ideas may be familiar:

New “One stop” for South Philadelphia: Adult Literacy, Neighborhood Library and Community Health Center

Health literacy colleagues,

This article describes heartening news for South Philadelphia, and perhaps a model for the integration of community health and literacy that could be replicated in some other communities. Although in the article literacy is described as digital literacy, I suspect that once this opens they will discover that basic literacy, English language for immigrants and other adult basic skills are also needed.

Florida Health Literacy Grant Application Now Open

Hello Group,

The Florida Health Literacy Initiative, supported by Florida Blue, is now accepting applications.

We are pleased to continue the Florida Health Literacy Initiative into its 8th year, providing grants to advance health literacy in adult ESOL and family literacy programs. Through the generous support of the Florida Blue Foundation, at least 14 mini-grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in May 2016. The mini-grants are available only to organizations in the state of Florida.

Health Literacy Game for Families


literacy, numeracy and health

Hello friends, Some of you may be interested in a recent study by Esther Prins and Shannon Monnat that looks at the links between literacy, numeracy and health with a focus on immigrant groups. You'll find an abstract and a link to the paper, "Examining Associations between Self-Rated Health and Proficiency in Literacy and Numeracy" in the Health Literacy CoP.

I encourage members to share the implications of these findings with the Community.

Cheers, Susan Finn Miller


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