Join the POSSE Patient and Family Advisory Council Today!

June 10, 2019

The Pennsylvania Opioid Surgical Stewardship Enterprise (POSSE) is a two-year program funded by AmerisourceBergen Foundation aimed at preventing chronic opioid use among patients who have had surgery. HCIF is currently seeking patients and family members to serve on our POSSE Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The POSSE PFAC is an opportunity to provide feedback on education materials related to opioid use and pain management after surgery. Ideal PFAC members have one or more of the following qualities:

  • Experience as a surgical patient or family member of a surgical patient at a Pennsylvania hospital in the past five years
  • Sensitivity to issues related to substance use disorders
  • Ability to participate in trainings & meetings (virtually or in-person), and time to independently review patient education materials
  • Ability to listen, respect the perspectives of others, share your own experiences, interact with many different kinds of people, and work collaboratively
  • Passion for improving health care for others

POSSE activities will continue until September 2020. PFAC members will be asked to serve for approximately one year. As a PFAC members, you will be asked to:

  • Participate in three virtual training sessions, lasting one hour each. These sessions will be scheduled for early this summer, and be recorded and available for you to watch later if you can’t make it. Click here for more information about the POSSE PFAC webinar series.
  • Review patient education materials from participating POSSE hospitals. You will be asked to provide feedback on their look, feel, relevance, and clarity. You will also be asked for suggestions to improve materials.
  • Participate in at least one in-person session. The first in-person session will be scheduled in September 2019. A second in-person session is tentatively planned for March 2020.

In recognition of your time commitment, PFAC members will receive a small stipend for participating. To be considered as a PFAC member, please complete this questionnaire and return it to Susan Cosgrove, Director, Health Literacy, Health Care Improvement Foundation at scosgrove@hcifonline.org. We hope you’ll consider contributing to this important initiative!

HCIF Highlights April 2019

May 3, 2019

HCIF highlights is our monthly newsletter that provides updates on all of our current programs, including information about past events, upcoming events, progress towards meeting program goals, and program achievements.  Learn about the latest news and updates from our current programs here

Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance’s State of the State Reports

The Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance, a former initiative of HCIF, annually released a report called the Pennsylvania State of the State.   The report analyzes multi-year performance trends on hospital quality metrics, such as readmission, mortality, and HCAHPS patient experience measures.  To view the two most recent reports from 2017 and 2018, click the links below.

2018 Pennsylvania State of the State

2017 Pennsylvania State of the State

Join us in Harrisburg on May 14 & 15 for the 2019 Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition Meeting!

Multiple trainings are available, and participants may selectively attend the training(s) of interest to them. All events and trainings listed below will be held at the Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey, 23 South Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. Click the links below to register.

Download a printable flyer to share with colleagues


Communicating to Connect | Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 10:00am – 12:30pm

Drawing from the the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation’s Health Literacy Train-the-Trainer program, this training program provides an overview of health literacy and its impact on health outcomes, plus tips for patient interaction and communication through plain language and teach back. This content has previously been offered as the first section of a full-day provider training.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-health-literacy-coalition-training-communicating-to-connect-314-registration-58681749693


Materials Design and Review | Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Learn best practices for integrating health literacy into the design and review of written resources, and practice your skills on existing patient education materials.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-health-literacy-coalition-training-health-literate-materials-design-and-review-314-registration-58681776774


Tools for Establishing a Culture of Health Literate Care | Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

From organizational assessment to implementation, this session introduces a set of resources for integrating the Ten Attributes of a Health Literate Organization into your institution.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-health-literacy-coalition-training-tools-for-establishing-a-culture-of-health-literate-care-314-registration-56831382194


2019 Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition Meeting | Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 8:30am – 12:00pm

Join health literacy champions across the Commonwealth at our fifth annual gathering, featuring a keynote address from Janet Ohene-Frempong, MS, Strategic Partner – Health Literacy, Institute for Healthcare Advancement.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-health-literacy-coalition-morning-meeting-315-registration-56832714178


Principles of Motivational Interviewing | Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Participants will learn the foundational principles behind using motivational interviewing (MI) to communicate with clients/patients and practice using techniques and skills of MI.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-health-literacy-coalition-training-principles-of-motivational-interviewing-315-registration-58682409667


Advancing Language Access and Working with Interpreters | Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Learn more about policy requirements for serving populations with limited English proficiency, working effectively with interpreters, and integrating language access into the workplace workflow.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-health-literacy-coalition-training-advancing-language-access-and-working-with-interpreters-315-registration-58682271253

HCIF Highlights March 2019

March 29th, 2019

HCIF highlights is our monthly newsletter that provides updates on all of our current programs, including information about past events, upcoming events, progress towards meeting program goals, and program achievements.  Learn about the latest news and updates from our current programs here.