Institute for Healthcare Advancement to Hold 8th Annual 'Health Literacy: Bridging Research and Practice' Conference May 7-8, 2009 in Irvine, California

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Two-day event provides practitioners with top industry experts to discuss latest research, clinical tips and skill-building sessions on communicating effectively with patients with low literacy skills

Health Literacy: Bridging Research and Practice

The Institute for Healthcare Advancement has announced its Eighth Annual Health Literacy Conference, "Health Literacy: Bridging Research and Practice," to be held May 7-8, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif.

The conference, which focuses on the solutions to low health literacy which plague 90 million Americans, draws health care delivery professionals from all over the nation. The two-day event provides practitioners with the top industry experts to discuss the latest research, clinical tips, and offer skill-building sessions on recognizing and communicating effectively with patients with low literacy skills.

Leading off the dais of experts will be Rima E. Rudd, MSPH, Sc.D., director of educational programs at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Rudd is a researcher with the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy and is the principal investigator for Health and Adult Literacy and Learning, a group of studies focused on the relationships between health and literacy.

Selected topics and speakers for the conference include:

  • Causal Pathways Between Health Literacy & Health Disparity- Michael K. Paasche - Orlow, M.D, Boston University
  • Using Readability Formulas Correctly - Doug Seubert, Marshfield Clinic
  • Developing a Statewide Health Literacy Initiative - Arthur Culbert, Ph.D. Missouri Foundation for Health
  • Improving Patient-Centered Communication & Shared Decision-Making - Cliff Coleman, M.D., Oregon Health & Science University
  • A Breakthrough Health Literacy Program: Empowering Parents, Benefiting Children, Improving the Healthcare System - Ariella Herman, Ph.D. UCLA Anderson School of Business
  • Translating Research into Practice - Ruth Parker, M.D., Emory University

Health literacy persists as an issue for providers, educators, payers, and patients. While research and programs in the field are diverse and numerous, more solutions and tools are needed to help providers, health educators, and others serve their clients better on a day-to-day basis. Better practices and skill sets are needed to help healthcare professionals more effectively communicate with consumers who are often unable to understand the health information materials with which they are provided.

Each year IHA, a non-profit healthcare organization and one of the leading providers of health literacy education products and services, brings together some of the nation's foremost health literacy authorities and researchers in this forum to share innovations and the latest research in health literacy, patient care and education. The conference is designed for professionals working in healthcare or health literacy, health educators, as well as individuals with an interest in literacy as it relates to healthcare challenges. Presenters will provide an overview of their best practices, programs and research, discuss these applications in a primary care setting, and teach the nearly 400 attendees a variety of skill sets to better serve this patient population.

IHA is a La Habra-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to empowering people to better health. It is nationally recognized for its efforts in health literacy and provides healthcare information through its various publishing efforts, the Internet, and its renowned local and national education programs.

For more information about the conference, visit the IHA's website at and follow the health literacy links to the health literacy conference, or call (800) 434-4633 and ask to be placed on the list to receive information about the conference as it becomes available.

The organization is headquartered at 501 S. Idaho St., La Habra, CA 90631; 1-800-434-4633. For more information, go to the IHA website at


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