Gearing up for Health Literacy Month: Q&A with Helen Osborne

October is right around the corner, bringing with it cooler weather, autumn leaves (at least here in New England!) and Health Literacy Month. Fifteen years ago, Health Literacy was a topic still under the radar. Today, we have conferences and courses, a growing body of literature and professional roles dedicated to the subject. Much of […]

Elude: Gaming as the “Opposite of Play”

Last week at the Games for Health 2011 conference, Dr. Doris Rusch (MIT-Singapore GAMBIT Game Lab) presented her groundbreaking game, Elude. Elude is not like most games – its intention is not to “play” but just the opposite. A beautifully designed metaphor, Elude is a  tool for people supporting others with depression. For people who have […]

Bridging the Communication & Health Divide: BodiMojo

This week at Games for Health, I had the pleasure of meeting Tara Cousineau, PhD, founder and CEO of BodiMojo, Inc. Tara is a clinical psychologist and eHealth innovator. Bodimojo.com, the flagship product, is a health engagement platform for teens leveraging web and mobile technologies. When I learned about this online health community, I thought […]

Bridging the Communication & Health Divide: RxCreative

If you’ve read my online bio, or follow my activity around the net, chances are good that you know how passionate I am about the issue of health literacy. This piece marks the start of a new series I’ve been invited to write on Pulse + Signal, called Bridging the Communication & Health Divide. The focus […]

Way With Words: Coming Back to Health Literacy

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, health literacy is defined as the following: Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions and services needed to prevent or treat illness. In my very first courses in […]