Health Literacy Conference 2015

Health Literacy Conference 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015
8:00 a.m.–4:20 p.m.
The Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR

Conference brochure

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

In 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 is low health literate. The fourth Oregon and SW Washington Health Literacy Conference will raise awareness of the important issue of health literacy and how to address it.


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


Plenary national speakers include:

  • Dean Schillinger, M.D., Professor of Medicine in Residence and Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco
  • Donna Beegle, Ed.D., President, Communication Across Barriers
  • Chandra Osborn, Ph.D., MPH, M.A., Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Information, Co-Director of the Center for Health Behavior & Health Education,Vanderbilt University


Breakout speakers include:

  • Mary Ann Abrams, M.D., Quality Improvement Physician Coordinator, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Kevin Breger, M.D., Ph.D., Core Faculty and Medical Director, Legacy Internal Medicine Service, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center
  • Prasanna Krishnasamy, M.D., MPH, Medical Director, Medical Home Transformation and Internal Medicine Faculty, Legacy Medical Group
  • Scott McQuigg, President, HealthTeacher
  • Jennifer Ramerman, Quality Improvement Specialist, Legacy Medical Group
  • Jackie Ross, Manager, Medical Home Support, Legacy Medical Group
  • Ira SenGupta, M.A., Executive Director, The Cross Cultural Health Care Program Seattle
  • Dana Sturtevant, M.S., R.D., Be Nourished
  • Joan Winchester, M.Ed., Senior Manager, Health Services Segment, Maximus Center for Health Literacy
  • Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education and Research Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Michigan


Registration is now open. 

Please select your attendee type to proceed to online registration:

Conference fee:

  • Early registration through Jan. 9, 2015: $75 ($90 after Jan. 9)
  • Legacy Health employees--fee waived as follows:
    • Submit registration after obtaining manager’s approval to attend
    • No-shows will be charged for the conference


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 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.

Introduction to health literacy—watch before you attend

Before the conference, we recommend that you watch the engaging 23 minute American Medical Association Foundation video Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients to Understand. Watch here

Call for posters  - Apply here