Health Literacy Conference 2014

Health Literacy Conference 2014

Better communication, better patient care

Nearly half the U.S. adult population has low health literacy — defined as the inability to read, understand and effectively use basic medical information.

As we enter the new world of CCOs and ACOs, health literacy communication will be critical to improving patient outcomes and quality. A significant proportion of the newly insured within health transformation will be low health literate.

Thank you for attending the third Oregon and SW Washington Health Literacy Conference Making Meaning, raising awareness of the important issue of health literacy and how to address it.

  • Download conference brochure here, including speakers and registration information.
  • Download presentation descriptions here


Conference objectives

  • Raise awareness of the scope and health consequences of low health literacy, including health disparities
  • Using "Teach-Back" and “Plain Language” as strategies to improve patient education and instruction
  • Identify common barriers to low literacy patients in actively obtaining health care

Speaker's presentations for download

Plenary speakers presentations:

  • Cynthia Baur, Ph.D., senior advisor health literacy, Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Terry Davis, Ph.D., professor of medicine and pediatrics, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center–Shreveport
  • Rima Rudd, Sc.D., senior lecturer on health literacy, education and policy, Harvard School of Public Health (NOTE: Presentation available soon. Please check back.)


Breakout speakers presentations:

  • 2014 Presentation descriptions here 

    Sponsors and Partners

    Platinum Sponsor:

    National Acute Care Specialists
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    Gold Sponsor
    Moda Health

    Silver Sponsors: 
    • Cambia Health Solutions
    • Health Net of Oregon 
    • Northwest Health Foundation
    • Oregon Health Authority Office of Equity and Inclusion

    Bronze Sponsors:
    • Multnomah County Health Department
    • Oregon Medical Association
    • United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

    • Children’s Community Clinic
    • Free Clinic of SW Washington
    • Oregon Center for Nursing
    • Oregon Public Health Institute
    • The Wallace Medical Concern


    Legacy Health is accredited by the Oregon Medical Association to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.
    Legacy Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Full faculty disclosure will be provided at the conference. CME is provided for all professions.