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Free Educational Program Helps Hmong Residents Better Understand Medication

Wisconsin Health Literacy, with the assistance of a grant from Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., is presenting a series of educational programs entitled Let’s Talk About Medicines around the state in July and August to help adults better understand medication.

At 6pm on Monday, August 31, Wisconsin Health Literacy will be holding a Let’s Talk About Medicines presentation in partnership with the Portage County Literacy Council and CAP Services’ Hmong UPLIFT program. The program will be held in the Stevens Point Area YMCA Conference Room. Sally Topinka, a retired nurse and trained presenter, will present the program. Hmong interpretation will be provided by CAP Services. To register to attend call 715-345-5341 (English) or 715-343-7139 (Hmong).

“A lot of people take different kinds of medication each and every day. But many of us don’t have a good understanding of when and how these medicines should be taken. And how they might react to other medications we’re taking,” said Kari LaScala, with Wisconsin Health Literacy. “These programs offer practical, useful information about prescription medicine.”

Let’s Talk About Medicines fosters more effective use of medications, thus avoiding extended illnesses, adverse drug events and costly hospital or clinic visits related to use of medication.

The programs feature plain, easy-to-understand language about such topics as:
• The main parts of a medication label
• Types of containers and labels for solid and liquid medications
• Dosage instructions, and how to determine how much, how often and when to take medications
• How to read and interpret special instructions on the label
• Basic storage techniques and expiration dates
• Potential interaction between prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
• Strategies for remembering when to take your medications
• The importance of asking the pharmacist for clarification or follow-up questions.

Each workshop participant will receive a free pill box and workbook, plus the chance to enter into a cash prize drawing at the end of the program.

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