Dr. Terri Ann Parnell
Experienced Insiders Who Can Get The Job Done
Health Literacy Partners was born of the commitment to person-centered care that our founder, Dr. Terri Ann Parnell, spent her nursing career championing. From her early days visiting patients in their homes as a nurse in Greenwich Village, New York to her executive roles at large health systems, Dr. Parnell has always understood that the best care speaks to meeting the unique needs of each patient.
Extensive career as an RN, with decades of knowledge in nursing, management, administrative, and leadership roles.
Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) & New York Academy of Medicine
Spearheaded and launched an Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Health Literacy in a large integrated healthcare system.
Health literacy publications include books, white papers, book chapters and peer
reviewed journal articles.
Various academic appointments in schools of nursing, medicine, and health care administration.
B.S. in Nursing, M.A. in Healthcare Administration, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Recognized national health literacy expert, expert panel participant, advisor, interviewee, and invited podium presenter.
Ex Officio Member, Roundtable on Health Literacy; National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Authored Health Literacy in Nursing which received the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award.
Certified Nutrition and Wellness Coach, Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT)
Participated in mission trips to India and Haiti.
The COMFORT Communication Model: A Nursing Resource to Advance Health Literacy in Organizations
Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing April 2020
Development of a Communication and Health Literacy Curriculum: Optimizing the Informal Cancer Caregiver Role
A Model Collaboration to Develop a Health Literate Care Curriculum
National Academy of Medicine Commentary | October 2019
Health Literacy: An Essential Element of Health Care Professionalism and Resilience
Information Services & Use
Health Literacy: Essential for a Culture of Health
The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing | 2018
Optimizing Health Literacy for Improved Clinical Practices
“Weaving Health Literacy Throughout the Fabric of Healthcare Organizations”, pp. 17-31. 2018
Call for Action: Nurses Must Play a Critical Role to Enhance Health Literacy
The Fall Season: A Time of Home, Holidays, and Health Literacy!
The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 2016
Health Literacy: A Necessary Element for Achieving Health Equity
National Academy of Medicine
Health Literacy as an Essential Component to Achieving Excellent Patient Outcomes
National Academy of Medicine
Our philosophy views health literacy as a tapestry. When you think of a tapestry, you imagine many colorful threads interwoven to reveal a complete picture. Health literacy is a tapestry of diverse and multidimensional threads that are woven together to create a dynamic landscape.
Health Literacy Tapestry
©2014. Health Literacy in Nursing: Providing Person-Centered Care.
Springer Publishing Company.
Health Literacy Threads
Woven horizontally across The Health Literacy Tapestry are six different "threads" that embody an individual's overall life experiences, knowledge and their behaviors.
Patient & Provider Partnership
The overlapping center circles illustrate how both provider/health care professional and patient/consumer may each bring misconceptions and unconscious biases to the relationship.
Health Literacy Domains
Vertically displayed and represent the broad concept of health literacy. How much a patient understands what was said (verbal), what was written, and what services are available and how to access them (envirionmental)
Magnitude of the Problem
Surrounding and influencing the patient-provider partnership is the overall low health literacy rate of the U.S. population. Only 12% has proficient health literacy skills.
The borders of The Health Literacy Tapestry represent the overarching goals of health literacy.
Empowerment, engagement and activation
Empowered patients are much more likely to engage in shared decision-making and become active partners in their health management.
Using teach-back principles help foster engagement and understanding. The teach-back method is a cornerstone of health literacy success.
Enhanced Outcomes/Overall Well-being
Ultimately, enhancing health literacy skills of both providers/health care professionals and patients/consumers leads to improved health outcomes and overall well-being.
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