Health Literacy Conference 2016

Health Literacy Conference 2016

Location: Sentinel Hotel, Portland, Oregon
Time: 8:00 am to 4:45 pm
Date: Friday, March 4, 2016
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Thank you for your interest. The conference is currently SOLD OUT. Please click here to add your name to the wait-list.  

***Even though the conference is full, you can join the discussions throughout the day - monitor #HealthLiteracyNW and follow us on Twitter - @OurLegacyHealth.

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


Death by Illiteracy: A Challenge for Health Reform
Kavita Patel, M.D., M.S., The Brookings Institution and Tuple Health

I Know My Number, But What Does It Mean?
Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Health Literacy: Evidence-based Best Practices Update (tentative title)
Cliff Coleman, M.D., MPH, Oregon Health & Science University

ACES, Trauma Informed Care and the Role of Health Literacy (tentative title)
Maggie Bennington-Davis, M.D., Health Share of Oregon

Plain Language: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
Joan Winchester, M.Ed., MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy

Fighting Poverty: Communication Styles for Inclusion
Donna Beegle, Ed.D., President, Communication Across Barriers

Childhood Disease, Disparities and Health Literacy (tentative title)
Lee Sanders, M.D., MPH, Stanford University

How to explain health insurance to the newly insured (tentative title)
Amy DeMarco, MPA, Institute for Healthcare Advancement

Brief Motivational Interviewing for Patient-Centered Care
Chris Farentinos, M.D., MPH, Legacy Health

Challenges at the Crossroads of Culture and Health Literacy
James Mason, Ph.D., Providence Health and Services

Intergenerational Communication Preferences (tentative title)
Georgianna Sergakis, Ph.D. and Jill Clutter, Ph.D., The Ohio State University


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