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State’s largest health literacy event set for March 22-23

Summit title: “Building your health literacy toolkit”; Registration now open 
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2012) – The third annual Health Literacy Kentucky Summit is set for March 22-23, 2012 and registration is open.
To register, go to http://www.cecentral.com/live/3748
. Questions or other requests may be directed to Jane Bryant at 859-323-5715 or [email protected]u.
Continuing Education credit is available for doctors, psychologists and pharmacists, among others.
“Health literacy” can be defined as the ability to read, understand and use healthcare information to make decisions and follow instructions about treatment of one’s personal health. Some estimates find fewer than half of all Americans to be health literate. Health Literacy Kentucky is a partnership of more than 35 organizations dedicated to improving Kentucky’s health through improved health literacy.
All health care providers and support staff, as well as the general public, are invited to the Health Literacy Kentucky Summit, billed as the best annual opportunity in Kentucky to advance awareness, knowledge and skills related to communication about health care. This year’s theme for the event is “Building your health literacy toolkit.” Numerous discussions, interactive workshops and skill-building sessions are slated to help improve patient communication on all levels.
Christina Cordero, PhD, will deliver a keynote address entitled “What did the doctor say? Advancing health literacy through Joint Commission Standards and Initiatives.”
Dr. Cordero is an Associate Project Director in the Department of Standards and Survey Methods, Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission.
Summit speakers include Cindy Brach, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Audrey Riffenburgh, Plain Language Works, LLC; Al Cross, Institute for Rural Journalism; and Bruce Rector, Monday Morning Message. Interactive workshops will provide a health literacy toolkit of skills and resources, and cover such topics as Health Literacy 101, Plain Language Basics, Usability Testing, TeachBack, Social Media and Electronic Health Records. Contributed papers and posters will highlight local/regional health literacy research and activities.
The third annual Health Literacy Kentucky Summit is sponsored by: Humana, UK Healthcare, Western Kentucky University