IHA’s 9th Health Literacy Conference, Irvine California

Health Literacy advocates all over North America will want to take note of the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s Ninth Annual Health Literacy Conference, “Health Literacy in the Real World: Programs & Solutions That Work,” May 6-7, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, California. Speakers will discuss programs and solutions to improve health communication, review programs of critical importance to improving health literacy, and teach attendees skill sets to better serve their clients. Conference attendees include health educators, nurses, physicians, dentists, dieticians, public health professionals, researchers, writers, librarians and other health literacy advocates.

At the end of the conference, attendees will be able to:

1. Identify one practice they can implement based on what they have learned.

2. Evaluate three components of their patient/client education program related to health literacy, to determine how any of the solutions learned would be appropriate.

3. Demonstrate the application of one learned skill to the needs of their organization and/or patient/client population.

The deadline to submit a Poster Abstract is Feb 26, 2010 while early bird registration is available until April 7 2010. Complete conference information is available here.

Judging from the offerings, it certainly is a conference worth attending. I have the privilege of presenting breakout session A so I am eagerly looking forward to connecting with my health literacy peers there. The concurrent breakout sessions will be offered twice, ensuring that as many delegates as possible get to benefit. Below, is a listing of selected sessions.


  • Beyond Plain Language: Advances in the Design of Health Literacy Tools David Baker, M.D. Northwestern University
  • Panel: Positive Results from Easy-to-Use Tools Linda Neuhauser, Dr.P.H. University of California-Berkeley; James Glauber, M.D., MPH Neighborhood Health Plan, Massachusetts; Kara Jacobson, MPH, CHES Emory University
  • Applying the ‘National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy’ in Your Organization Cynthia Baur, Ph.D Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • How to Integrate Health Literacy into Health Professionals’ Curriculum Charlotte Nath, RN, Ed.D West Virginia University

    Breakout Sessions

    • A – Using Social Media to Reach People with Health Information Elisheba Muturi, M.Sc., MLIS British Columbia Ministry of Health Services
    • B – Developing Community Coalitions to Support the Health Information Needs of At-Risk Consumers Gary L. Kreps, Ph.D George Mason University
    • C – Demonstrating the Strategic Value of Your Health Literacy Program Farrah Schwartz, MA Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
    • D – Improving Readability with Appropriate Design: 7 Critical Elements Douglas Seubert Marshfield Clinic, Wisconsin
    • E – Improving Health Education Outcomes with the Right Learning Model Lorraine S. Wallace, Ph.D University of Tennessee

      FRIDAY, MAY 7

        • Can I Rewrite This? Medical Documents and Low Literacy James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M. Arizona State University
        • Implementing Health Literacy Universal Precautions in Primary Care Darren A. DeWalt, M.D., MPH University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
        • From Medical Dialogue to Plain Talk: Reducing the Oral Literacy Burden of Medical Visit Communication Debra Roter, Dr.PH Johns Hopkins University

          Breakout Sessions
          • K – Learner-Developed Fotonovelas: An Empowering Product John Comings, Ed.D Harvard University
          • L – Making the Case for a Cost-Effective Language Access Plan Elizabeth Abraham, M.A., M.Sc., C.Tran. University Health Network-Toronto
          • M – Using New Technology to Improve Providers’ Health Literacy Skills Cliff Coleman, M.D., MPH Oregon Health & Science University
          • N – Developing a Health Literacy Action Plan Stacy Robison, MPH CommunicateHealth, Inc.
          • O – Looking for Health Literacy Solutions? Ask a Librarian Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, M.Ed Kurtz-Rossi & Associates Jean P. Shipman, MSLS University of Utah Gail M. Kouame, MLIS NN/LM, Pacific Northwest Region Kelli Ham, MLIS NN/LM, Pacific Southwest Region

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