2017 Conference Agenda

Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 16th Annual Health Literacy Conference

“Building Bridges – Promoting Health Equity and Health Literacy”

2017 Conference Schedule


Wednesday, May 3

6 am – 9 pm


8 am – 5 pm

* Writing for Health, Health Equity, and Wellbeing: Plain Language Strategies for Health Professionals and Human Service Professionals

Jann Keenan, EdS
Janet Ohene-Frempong, MS
Institute for Healthcare Advancement – Strategic Partners in Health Literacy

* Additional fee required

8 am – 12 pm

* Implementing the “Always Use Teach-Back” Training Program

Mary Ann Abrams, MD, MPH
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

* Additional fee required

8 am – 10 am

Building Your Own Health Literacy Toolbox: A Workshop for Beginners

Margaret Richey, RN, MSN, EdD
Benedictine University
Karen Hernes, RN, MSN
Purdue University

10 am – 12 pm

Active Learning Strategies to Develop Cultural Competency Skills

Lakesha Butler, PharmD, BCPS
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

12 pm – 1:20 pm

Sponsored Luncheon Roundtables

90-minute luncheon, meal provided courtesy of sponsors.
Select one discussion table:

  • Getting Published – Health Literacy Research and Practice (HLRP) Journal
  • Health Literacy Certification
  • Legal Issues – Bring Your Challenges
  • The IHA Center for Health Literacy Solutions
  • International Health Literacy Association

1:30 pm – 6:30 pm

* Creating Health Literate and Inclusive Healthcare Environments

Stanton Hudson, MA
Ioana Staiculescu, MPH

Center for Health Policy, University of Missouri

* Additional fee required.

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Creating Fun and Interactive Learning Sessions to Promote Health Literacy

Farrah Schwartz, MA
Toronto Rehab, UHN

4 pm – 6 pm

A Community Collaborative that Addresses Older Adult Health and Childhood Obesity: A Model

Rachel Roberts, MPH, CHES
Institute for Healthcare Advancement
David DeLeon
City of La Habra, California

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Health Literacy 101: An Introduction to the Field

Michael Villaire, MSLM
Institute for Healthcare Advancement


Thursday, May 4

6 am – 5 pm


7 am – 8 am


8 am – 8:15 am

Welcome / Conference Overview

Michael Villaire, MSLM
Institute for Healthcare Advancement

8:15 am – 9:10 am

Opening Keynote: ‘Translanguaging’ to Bridge a Gap in Health Literacy

Maricel G. Santos, Ed.D
San Francisco State University

9:10 am – 10:30 am

Panel: Solutions That Work for Those Facing Health Disparities
  • Working with Native American Communities on Environmental Issues
    Vanessa Simonds, ScD
    Montana State University
  • Cancer, Patients, and Research
    Deborah Collyar
    Patient Advocates In Research (PAIR)
  • Opioid Use: Tools for Screening
    Eileen M. McDonald, MS
    John Hopkins Children’s Safety Centers
  • Advocacy for Newly Arrived Populations: The Healthy Nail
    Salon Collaborative
    Julia Liou, MPH
    Asian Health Access

10:30 am – 10:45 am

Networking Refreshment Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

Helping Patients Make Decisions: Insights from Research and Human-Centered Design

Geri Lynn Baumblatt, MA
Emmi Solutions
Keren Ladin, PhD, MSc
Tufts University

Working Effectively with Language Access Professionals: Best Practices for Primary Care Providers

Wilma Alvarado-Little, MA, MSW
AlvaradoLittle Consulting, LLC

Risky Business: Health Numeracy Best Practices

Tina Moore, EdD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Health Literacy

Human-Centered Design for Health Literacy

Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES
Sandy Hilfiker, MA

12:15 pm – 1:50 pm

IHA Health Literacy Awards / Networking Luncheon


2:00 pm – 2:55 pm

Panel: Bridging Research and Practice: Approaches to Uniting Two Domains
  • Michael Paasche-Orlow, MD
    Boston University
  • Cynthia Baur, PhD
    Horowitz Center for Health Literacy

2:55 pm – 3:15 pm

Networking Refreshment Break

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions (morning sessions repeat in the same rooms)

5 pm – 6 pm

International Health Literacy Association General Meeting

4:45 pm – 6 pm

Free Time / Poster Presenters’ Set Up

6 pm – 8 pm

Opening Night Reception / Poster Session / Exhibits


Friday, May 5

7 am – 3 pm


7:30 am – 8:30 am


9 am – 9:55 am

Science Literacy in Context

Alexa T. McCray, PhD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

10 am – 11:30 am

Breakout Sessions

Talking with Your Patients About Their Substance Use

Martha Bradley, MS
Shasta Jorgensen, MPH
JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc.

Dementia Friendly Healthcare

Doug Seubert, CDP
Marshfield Area Purple Angels, Inc.

Health Literacy and End of Life Planning

Kathy Kastner

Putting the 10 Attributes into Practice

Hope Schwanhausser, MPH, EdS
Carolinas HealthCare System

11:30 am – 12:50 pm

Networking Luncheon (Organized by interest groups)


1 pm – 2:30 pm

Breakout Sessions (morning sessions repeat in same rooms)

2:30 pm – 3 pm

Closing Keynote
  • Michael Villaire, MSLM
  • Rima Rudd, ScD

3 pm

Adjournment / Evaluations