"A tapestry of solutions to promote health equity."

Select Publications

Dr. Parnell (formerly Gershenson) has written books for the consumer market and for health care professionals. In addition, she has published many articles, and has been a quoted expert in the media.

Health Literacy in Nursing: Providing Person-Centered Care

Received an American Journal of Nursing (AJN)  2015 Book of the Year Award, in the category of  Nursing Management and Leadership.

Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor ad honorem at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, was among the AJN panel of judges, and shared the following:

“This text provides a wealth of information on the history, multiple definitions, and models of health literacy; the implications of low health literacy; and the challenges of delivering person-centered care when illiteracy from any cause is present…the content would be useful to anyone working in health care—and there should be copies dog-eared from use in every clinical facility.”

Promoting the health literacy of patients across all settings is an essential component of prevention, wellness, and effective medical treatment. This health literacy textbook provides an overview of health literacy, discusses the magnitude of the issue, and explains implications of low health literacy. It details strategies to enhance effective communication between patients and nursing practitioners. Through case-based examples, this textbook and clinical guide assists nurses in developing the requisite skills needed to communicate effectively so that patients can truly make informed health decisions and enhance health outcomes.

A reader shared the following review:

“I am writing this message to inform you that I absolutely loved your book…when I read your book last week, I was like wow you compiled all the research so well in your book and I wish I had read your book first. I am thankful to you for organizing the book so well with different age group, different issues, different framework and models, providing excellent examples, and real life scenarios. I truly appreciate your support and all the hard work you have put in your book to benefit all healthcare professionals. Bravo to you and I would give you 10 out of 10 for the best book I have read in my life on health literacy.”~ S.M.

Foreword by Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS ,  17th Surgeon General of the U. S.  (2002-2006)

Springer Publishing Company, ISBN-13: 9780826161727; Publication Date: August 2014

Heart Smart for Black Women and Latinas

Heart Smart for Black Women and LatinasThis groundbreaking book is the first to take into consideration the heart health of women of color and provide an action plan to overcome the unique cultural and genetic challenges they face in staying heart healthy.  It doesn’t merely present generic information on diet, exercise and eliminating stress, but highlights the importance of community, culture, and lifestyle.

This complete five week program includes:

Ways to eat a heart healthy diet by learning what to eat and how much as well as how to modify traditional recipes so they still taste the same.

An easy-to-follow exercise program that uses walking to benefit health and well-being with suggestions for where to walk if the neighborhood is unsafe, and ways to get the whole family involved.

Information on how women can work with their doctor to get the most out of their health.

St. Martin’s Griffin, ISBN: 978-0312372675

Additional Books, Media & Events

Enhancing Person-Centered Care through Health Literacy, End-Stage Renal Disease National Coordinating Center, Webinar Presenter.

The Rogosin Institute Health Literacy Roundtable, Health Literacy and Renal Disease:Promoting Prevention and Achieving Improved Outcomes in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), Invited Roundtable Participant.

Launching a Health Literacy Initiative: Implementation Strategies, Global Health Delivery Online Expert Panel, Selected Expert Panelist.

Health Literacy: Working Together to Help People Live Healthier Lives, UnitedHealth Care, UnitedHealth Group, Minnetonka, MN, Webinar Presenter.

Health Literacy: Partnering for Patient-Centered Care®, Course Director and Content Developer.

Recovery After Heart Surgery; Hospital Video Network, Producer.

Preparing for Heart Surgery: What You Need to Know. Hospital Video Network. Producer.

Cardiovascular Patient Education Resource Manual, 2nd Edition, Aspen Center for Patient Education, Aspen Publishers.

Doctoring Magazine, “Empowering Patients Through Health Literacy” Interview for publication.

Other Select Publications

Select Peer Reviewed Publications

Barton, A.J., Allen, P.E. Boyle, D. K., Loan, L.A., Stichler, J. F., Parnell, T.A.  Health Literacy: Essential for a Culture of Health. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 2018;49(2):73-78.

Parnell, T.A., The Fall Season: A Time of Home, Holidays, and Health Literacy! The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, October 2016, Vol. 47, No. 10, 440-442.

McElligott, D., Gershenson, T., Nourishing Nursing’s Holistic Roots. Creative Nursing, June 2004, No. 1, 12-13.

Gershenson, T., Moravick, D., Sellman, E., Somerville, SExpert to Novice: A Nurse Leader’s Evolution, Nursing Management, June 2004, Vol. 35, No. 6, 49-52.

Gershenson, T., Milone, B., Somerville, S., Mann-Finnerty, K. The Power of Purple, The Journal of Cardiovascular Management, September/October 2003, Vol. 14:5, 9 – 10.

Gershenson, T.,  (February 2003) Angina – A Patient Education Guide, Nursing 2003, Vol. 33, No. 2, 46-47.

Gershenson, T., Kuzniewski, S., Way, A., Cohn, E., Milone, B., Somerville, S.  (February 2002) A Heart Healthy Habit A Day Helps Keep The Doctor Away, Pediatric Nursing, Vol 28:1, 75-80.

Select Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Logan, R.A., Wong, W.F., Villaire, M., Daus, G., Parnell, T.A., Willis, E. and M.K. Paasche-Orlow, 2015. Health literacy: A necessary element for achieving health equity. Discussion Paper, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC.

Parnell, T.A. Nursing Leadership Strategies, Health Literacy, and Patient Outcomes. Nurse Leader, December 2014, Vol. 12, Issue 6, 49-52.

Parnell, T. A., E. C. McCulloch, J. H. Mieres, and F. Edwards. 2014. Health Literacy as an essential component to achieving excellent patient outcomes. Discussion Paper, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC. http://iom.edu/Global/Perspectives/2014/EssentialComponent

Parnell, T. (2011).  Can We Talk…about Being Your Best Advocate? Long Island Women’s Association: Issues in Focus, Winter 2011 – Issue No. 10.  Retrieved from http://www.liwa.org/media/issues_in_focus/IIF-2011-Winter.pdf.