June 24, 2011

Presentations Announced for Ohio Health Literacy Conference

Eighteen abstracts have been selected for break-out sessions at the inaugural Ohio Health Literacy Conference being held October 12-13 at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland.

The goal of the Ohio Health Literacy Conference is to increase health literacy awareness; share resources to improve health literacy and ultimately, health outcomes; and provide tools to increase health literacy capacity at the local, regional, and state levels. The keynote speaker will be Richard H. Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States.

The break-out sessions will cover the following topics:

· Research in health literacy

· Readability and comprehension

· Clinician-patient communication

· Funding of health literacy initiatives

· Health literacy from the patient's perspective

· Signage and navigation tracers

· Innovation in health literacy

· Teaching health professionals and students about health literacy

· Institutionalizing health literacy

· Using social media for health education

Cost for the event is $199 and includes:

· CME-approved CEU opportunities

· Two full days of conference presentations and break-out sessions from national health literacy experts

· Preconference plain language writing workshop, Oct. 11

· Breakfast, lunch and snack breaks each day, with time to meet with speakers and colleagues

· Excursion night and entertainment Oct. 12

Conference planners include St. Vincent Charity Medical Center and Project Learn, in partnership with the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health, the MetroHealth System and Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio.

For more information or to register, contact healthliteracy@stvincentcharity.com.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is a ministry of Sisters of Charity Health System.

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