Thank you to the over 360 people who attended Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 13th Annual Health Literacy Conference!
The presence and participation of our attendees made this year’s three day conference a huge success. Our conference participants had the opportunity to learn about practical and effective health literacy solutions, ranging from how to write and design effective communication to tools for addressing low health insurance literacy and numeracy skills. Our conference also offered our attendees interactive experiences that included the Live Media Event on Stories and Lessons-Learned from the Affordable Care Act and breakout sessions that taught participants how to use Twitter to convey simple health messages and a skills workshop in which attendees learned best practices from actual low literacy learners and their tutors.
As in previous conferences, our speakers received a warm welcome and offered valuable insights. Our opening keynote speaker, Kavita Patel, M.D., delivered an impactful presentation on health literacy and the Affordable Care Act, including insight into the components of the Act and its history and implementation. All our speakers shared clearly defined solutions to solve health literacy issues that attendees can effectively put in practice in their organizations. We hope to hear back from conference attendees on how they are putting what they learned to use via our IHA Health Literacy LinkedIn group. Please click the link to join, participate and support others in this group.
Our poster session brought an engaged crowd of attendees, who listened and talked to presenters about a wide variety of health literacy projects. The posters addressed educational tools for patients and professionals, research projects, and the application of health literacy principles within various fields, including public health, technology, and healthcare reform.
It was also our great pleasure to honor the following award recipients for their accomplishments and contributions to health literacy:
Leonard Doak Memorial Health Literacy Scholarship Winner – Karen Eddy, Health and Safety Educator, Community Health Outreach Program, Tanana Chiefs Conference
Innovative Program Award Winner – Suzi Ko, Executive Director, Holistic Honu Wellness Center for Integrating Traditional Cultural Methods to Promote Health Literacy
Published Materials Award Winner – Jill Corbin and Sara Voit, Affiliates Risk Management Services, Inc. for the Center for Affiliated Learning’s (CAL) Interpreter Services Series
An event like this cannot take place without the partnership and support from our sponsors. We would like to thank Health Net, Kaiser Permanente. UnitedHealthcare, Dr. Albert Barnett, Howard Fisher, Esq., Michael Villaire, MSLM, Ron Chow, MBA, Marian Ryan, Ph.D, MPH, MA, CHES, Control Air, and Bang Printing for their sponsorship of this year’s conference.
Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you at IHA’s 14th Health Literacy Conference in 2015!
Questions? Please contact Michael Villaire:
- 800.434.4633, ext. 202