Oppression of the disease and its treatment

In looking at health literacy from a socio-cultural and critical perspective, one of the themes I’m looking at is oppression. I had originally thought that I’d be looking at my experience and how the healthcare system (e.g. providers, insurance companies) was oppressing me – although I questioned the term oppression in part because the healthcare system Read More …

Paradox of Patient Empowerment and Care

I find myself looking at all my past experience, and making connections between what I know as an educator, and PhD student, to what I have experienced as a patient with critical/chronic illness. Leading off from Autumm Caines’ post about Virtually Connecting focus groups, I want to chat a little more about the paradox of patient empowerment Read More …

Intersectionality, Identity, and Health Humanities #healthhum2017

The last couple of days I’ve been attending the Health Humanities Consortium conference in Houston Texas. The experience has been rather mixed for me, causing me to reflect on so many different things. One of the themes of the conferences was that of intersectionality. The idea that we all carry a variety of identities, and Read More …

Oppression?

Maha Bali’s latest blog post on Unpacking terms around equity, power and privilege has got me thinking (actually, I was thinking about it just yesterday, but her post has prompted me to write more about it!). I’m slowly making my way through Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. “But their perception of themselves as oppressed is Read More …

Patient Health Literacies

In Arthur Frank’s (1995) seminal book The Wounded Storyteller, he cautions “On rare occasions when I have taught this book, students’ biggest initial difficulty is to stop reframing everything ill people say into a question of how some health-care worker might respond.” (Location 115) I often find myself falling into that trap. I find myself Read More …

Critical Digital Health Literacy

Digital Literacy – Read, Write, Participate (e.g. https://learning.mozilla.org/en-US/web-literacy) Digital Health Literacy – “the ability to seek, find, understand, and appraise health information from electronic sources and apply the knowledge gained to addressing or solving a health problem” (Norman & Skinner, 2008, para. 6). Critical Digital Health Literacy – the ability to seek, find, understand, and Read More …