October 20th - Lunch - Special Interest Group: Nursing: Research, Practice and Interprofessional Partnerships for Promoting Health Literacy

Nurses are at the forefront of health care worldwide and are increasingly vital to integrating health literacy into practice, research and education. The integration of health literacy improves care at the bedside, in the community and through interprofessional partnerships using translational research. This Special Interest Group (SIG) highlights the importance of training programs and initiatives at the local, state and national level to bolster nurses' knowledge and skills in health literacy, emphasizing the importance of nurse-led translational research to improve practice and health outcomes and also advocate for community-engaged activities that strengthen consumer understanding about health promotion practices across the learning continuum. Patient engagement, empowerment, and optimal health outcomes will not be achieved unless health literacy is applied universally to each patient in every health care encounter. Providing culturally-competent nursing techniques, including the use of universal health literacy toolkits in health care, can significantly influence how patients perceive and understand health information. Further, this SIG also is intended to generate ideas and discussion from participants about how nurses and other health researchers can be champions for driving health literacy initiatives towards health equity.

Lakeshia Cousin, Ph.D., APRN

Behavioral Oncology Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Lakeshia Cousin is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida College of Nursing, where she completed her Ph.D. in Nursing Science. Her dissertation study examined the role of individual and social contextual factors on self-care outcomes in African Americans living with chronic disease. Her work as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Researcher ignited her passion for finding better ways to improve the quality of life and health behaviors of older adults living with cancer and co-morbidities in the community. Dr. Cousin’s program of study will focus on improving health-related quality of life and enhancing health literacy among minority cancer survivors. Specifically, she is interested in incorporating positive psychological factors such as gratitude and into her methods of research. Dr. Cousin was the first nurse investigator to examine a gratitude scale in African Americans at risk for cardiovascular disease to understand its contribution to the improvement of overall cardiovascular health. She co-authored numerous publications and presented at various research conferences and was recently awarded the International Rising Stars of Scholarship and Research award with Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma) 30th International Conference in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and received the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship during her Ph.D. program.

Joy Deupree, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC

Professor and Associate Dean for Practice Innovation, Partnerships & Policy - University of South Carolina, College of Nursing

Joy Deupree, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC is a Professor and Associate Dean for Practice Innovation, Partnerships, and Policy at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing in Columbia, South Carolina. A Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow 2014-2017, she teaches Leadership in the doctoral program and is actively involved in health literacy research for numerous projects that target underserved and vulnerable populations in the southeast. 

A certified Laubach literacy tutor since 1997, Dr. Deupree began her research in the field of health literacy in 2002 as co-investigator for a grant to study health literacy and caregiver fever management for children ages 6 months to 6 years. In 2004, Dr. Deupree developed the curriculum for a popular campus-wide course at UAB entitled Health Literacy: Identification of At-Risk Populations, which continues to be offered twice annually. 

She earned her PhD in Health Promotion/Health Behavior in 2011 via a joint program from the Schools of Public Health and Health Education at UAB, Birmingham, Alabama and the School of Human Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Using her expertise in the field of health literacy her dissertation study entitled Health Literacy: A Community-based Mixed Methods Study of Prescription Medication Self-management among Community Dwelling Older Adults provided significant findings regarding how seniors cope with the many challenges of polypharmacy management. Recognizing Dr. Deupree’s expertise and leadership in health policy and health literacy, in 2015 by gubernatorial Executive Order #4 Dr. Deupree was appointed to serve on the Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force. During her tenure on the task force, she organized and hosted a statewide Health Literacy Summit to determine the readiness of the state to support an organized effort for health literacy. Results of the study led her to establish and chair the Alabama Health Literacy Initiative which continues to be sustained by the UAB School of Nursing. In 2017, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention added Alabama to the list of recognized statewide health literacy initiatives.

Cathy Meade

Dr. Cathy Meade describes herself as a “community-minded researcher.” She is a national leader in the field of health disparities, health literacy, and cancer communications, and interested in the role that culture and literacy play in the development and design of behavioral interventions. She was one of the first nurse investigators to conduct studies in the area of patient understanding and health literacy whereby mismatches were identified between patients’ reading levels and the reading levels of health information. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Health Literacy Committee, which produced the 2004 report titled Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. In 2019, she was an invited planning committee member and presenter for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s conference that produced the Health Literacy and Communication Strategies in Oncology Roundtable: Proceedings of a Workshop publication Her current research spans cancer prevention to survivorship, and aims to bring information, services and scientific advancements ‘right back to the community’ in ways that are understandable and meaningful. This entails the use of community-based participatory methods that build sustained and trustworthy community partnerships for improved health. She founded the Tampa Bay Community Cancer Network, a community-academic network established in 2005, which serves as an ongoing research springboard to address community concerns about cancer prevention. In partnership with communities, he has led numerous initiatives to improve colorectal cancer screening in community clinics, promote early diagnosis and timely use of cancer services using patient navigators, develop stress management tools for Latina women undergoing chemotherapy, and increase Hispanic farmworker knowledge and Pap test uptake using health ambassadors to name a few.

Qausarat Ogunneye (Moderator)

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October 20th: Special Interest Group: Nursing: Research, Practice and Interprofessional Partnerships for Promoting Health Literacy
Recorded 10/20/2020
Recorded 10/20/2020 Nurses are at the forefront of health care worldwide and are increasingly vital to integrating health literacy into practice, research and education. The integration of health literacy improves care at the bedside, in the community and through interprofessional partnerships using translational research. This Special Interest Group (SIG) highlights the importance of training programs and initiatives at the local, state and national level to bolster nurses' knowledge and skills in health literacy, emphasizing the importance of nurse-led translational research to improve practice and health outcomes and also advocate for community-engaged activities that strengthen consumer understanding about health promotion practices across the learning continuum. Patient engagement, empowerment, and optimal health outcomes will not be achieved unless health literacy is applied universally to each patient in every health care encounter. Providing culturally-competent nursing techniques, including the use of universal health literacy toolkits in health care, can significantly influence how patients perceive and understand health information. Further, this SIG also is intended to generate ideas and discussion from participants about how nurses and other health researchers can be champions for driving health literacy initiatives towards health equity.
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