Preconference Workshops


Building Your Own Health Literacy Toolbox: A Workshop for Beginners


8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The purpose of this highly interactive session is aimed for those who provide patient care and patient education. Participants will be provided with useful tools to identify and evaluate practice needs as well as build their own “toolkit” to address health literacy and self-efficacy complications, and ways to promote patient empowerment and improve patient teaching in diverse practice settings. Through active discussion and sharing of examples, participants will assess and discuss barriers that prevent maximum health literacy and analyze guidelines for communicating with patients both verbally and in writing. Multiple activities are planned for both small and large group participation.

Speakers: Karen Hernes, Margaret Richey

Implementing the “Always Use Teach-Back” Training Program


8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Do you struggle with these challenges in your health care setting: Why don’t patients do what we ask of them? How can I get everyone to use teach-back? There’s just not enough time… This interactive 4 hour workshop will use the Always Use Teach-back! Toolkit as a foundation to strategize and create an implementation plan for making teach-back an “always event” throughout your organization.

Speaker: Mary Ann Abrams

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


8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Can people truly experience health and wellbeing without access to good health care, food, housing, transportation and an adequate income? Do your patients or clients understand the advice that you give them to access these things? Do they agree with it? And, if so, are they able to actually follow it? Health equity means that everyone has a fair opportunity to live a long, healthy life. Many things can get in the way including a person’s race, ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation, neighborhood or other social condition. However, ineffective communication should not be one of them. We’re inviting health professionals and human service professionals to put their heads together for the health and well being of those who often get left behind. Bring a small writing project and spend the day practicing some of the basic principles of effective plain language writing. Make your websites, text messages, brochures, and forms easier to read, understand, and relate to across literacy levels, languages, cultures, and diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

Speakers: Jann Keenan, Janet Ohene-Frempong

Active Learning Strategies to Develop Your Cultural Competency Skills


10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This session will describe and discuss the use of active learning strategies used to develop cultural competency and health literacy skills of healthcare professionals. The session will also discuss the assessment and outcomes of each active learning strategy. Participants will be able to actively practice using these tools during the session followed by the development of a personal implementation plan for what strategies they will use back at their respective institutions. Come discover new strategies to teach or enhance cultural competency and health literacy skills of your learners.

Speaker: Lakesha Butler

Free Luncheon Roundtables


12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

90-minute luncheon, meal provided courtesy of sponsors.

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

Creating fun and interactive learning sessions to promote health literacy


1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

There are many quick and easy ways to enhance learning with adults to promote health literacy. This session will help you learn how to set learning objectives and design interactive learning sessions to maximize health outcomes, learning retention and engagement. This session will help you plan your next learning session and answer questions such as: How can I keep learners engaged? How do I know if they’re learning? How do I facilitate groups? How can I lead a session that promotes peer support without people sharing wrong information?

Speaker: Farrah Schwartz

Creating Health Literate and Inclusive Healthcare Environments


1:30 PM – 6:30 PM

This fiver hour experiential workshop increases understanding of the value that diversity and inclusion adds to health literacy frameworks through short presentations, experiential activities, reflection and dialogue. Using a Freirean pedagogy, participants are engaged both as learners and teachers, while exploring how social justice theory bridges cultural competency and health literacy to create inclusive health care cultures, environments, and practices. The workshop will explore power in health care by examining who benefits and who is marginalized by the current structure of our health care system. It can assist practitioners and educators in understanding their bias and privilege and the systemic structures that reinforce those elements. Using improved health literacy as a guiding principle, participants will learn strategies to forge partnerships with patients as allies. Upon completion of the workshop participants will:

  1. Gain a theoretical understanding of why health literacy must be understood from a social justice framework
  2. Increase knowledge about diversity, inclusion, and inequality, and application to healthcare settings
    1. Build knowledge and awareness around issues of race, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, ability, age, religion, and appearance
    2. Foster self-awareness of biases and prejudices, and understand how they may play out in health literacy interventions
  3. Learn strategies for creating inclusive healthcare environments
    1. Develop an awareness of one’s self in the process of socialization and one’s role in breaking down oppressive systems
    2. Bridge differences through dialogues and building relationships
    3. Practice effective interpersonal communication skills

Speakers: Stanton Hudson, Ioana Staiculescu

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


4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Move More, Eat Healthy (MMEH) is a community collaborative in La Habra, California, comprising non-profit organizations, government agencies, and the faith-based and business communities In this two-hour session, learn how the collaborative was created, its 5-year plan, and initiatives to date targeted at reducing childhood obesity and improving older adult health.

Speakers: David DeLeon, Rachel Roberts

Health Literacy 101: An Introduction to the Field


6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

This workshop will provide an overview of the scope of low health literacy, including frequencies among the general population, general characteristics, abilities and challenges of persons with low health literacy, and the cost of poor health literacy (both in terms of human suffering and dollars). Strategies for making individual and system-based improvements to improve health literacy will be discussed.

Speaker: Michael Villaire

Free Sessions $175

Paid Sessions Amount of session(s) + $25