Health Literacy Summit Region 2

Health Literacy Summit

Regional Resource Center II
Atlanta, GA
Crowne Plaza, Atlanta Airport

1325 Virginia Avenue, Atlanta, GA

Wednesday March 5, 2008

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Health literacy is often defined as the ability to read, understand, and act upon health-related information. Improving health literacy may improve the health status and quality of life of America's adults, especially among adults with marginal literacy skills. The National Institute for Literacy (NIFL), through its LINCS Regional Resource Centers, is convening adult literacy and health professionals to share information about the research on health literacy and resources for implementing health literacy programming.

The goals of the conference are to:

  • increase awareness and understanding of the commonalities between adult education and health literacy/patient safety;
  • present the latest health literacy research, evidence-based curriculum, and programs to improve the health status and safety of low-moderate literate adults;
  • share effective programs, partnerships, and resources to address health literacy concerns of low-moderate literate adults; and
  • devise strategies for effective collaboration with healthcare organizations/providers and adult education providers.

Hosted by: National Institute for Literacy and its LINCS Region II Resource Center Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee in partnership with Center for the Study of Adult Literacy, Georgia State University, Office of Adult Literacy, Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education and Literacy Action, Inc. of Atlanta.

Wednesday March 5, 2008: Summit Schedule

8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:20 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Welcome

Dr. Sandra Baxter, Director, The National Institute for Literacy
Dr. Josephine Reed-Taylor, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Adult Education
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Opening Session:
Health Literacy, Communication, & Patient Safety
Toni Cordell, adult learner and panel member of the Joint Commission
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Health Literacy of American Adults: Summary Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy
Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Health Literacy Research Project, Medical Library Association
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Strategies for Connecting Literacy Programs & Health Care Providers
Deborah W. Yoho, Turning Pages Literacy Council, Columbia, SC


Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities: Risks and Opportunities
Dr. Yolanda Partida, University of California San Francisco Fresno Center for Medical Education & Research
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation: Healthy People 2010 & Health Marketing
Dr. Cynthia Baur, Director for the Division of Health Communication and Marketing, National Center for Health Marketing, Coordinating Center for Health Information and Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
1 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Mandates for Health Literacy in Medicine & Education
Dr. Lynn Nielsen, DeBusk School, Assistant Professor of Physiology/Research and Director of Research, DeBusk School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lincoln Memorial University TN, will discuss recommendations from an Institute on Medicine Committee on Health Literacy report.

An Evidenced-based Health Literacy Curriculum for AE Practitioners: Pilot Information
Ryan Hall, Literacy Action - Atlanta, introduces a health literacy curriculum based on a scientific research study conducted by Dr. Susan Levy's research on the impact of Health Literacy in Adult Literacy and Integrated Family Approach Programs. This research study was one of six in the NICHD/NIFL/OVAE national research program.
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. A Pharmacy Intervention for Limited Literacy
Kara Jacobson, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
Nikki Keene, Work Group for Community Health & Development, University of Kansas, Lawrence
3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closing Session: Health Literacy: Next Steps for Healthcare Providers & Adult Education Programs
Dr. Daphne Greenberg, Center for the Study of Adult Literacy, Georgia State University