Join us for the National Health Outreach Conference's pre-conference to hear national experts speak to the importance of health literacy and health insurance literacy and to learn of, and share, literacy educational materials for consumers.

Date: Wednesday, May 6
Time: 1-5:30 PM

Place: Crowne Plaza, Ravina, Atlanta, Georgia
Fees: $75.00 if paid by April 1 (Late Pre-Conference registration is $100.00)

To register select the Pre-Conference option at our registration site, found here.

To view the agenda, follow this link.

Dr. Ruth Parker is our keynote speaker.  Dr. Parker is Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.  She is also Associate Director of the Faculty Development program in the Division of General Medicine, and holds a secondary appointment at the Emory University School of Public Health in the Division of Epidemiology.

Dr. Parker's primary research interests and activities have been in the area of medical education and health services of underserved populations.  Dr. Parker has focused extensively on healthcare issues of underserved populations, particularly health literacy. She was a principal investigator in the Robert Wood Johnson Literacy in Health Study and helped create a widely used measurement tool to quantify patients' ability to read and understand health information (TOFHLA, the test of functional health literacy in adults).  She has authored numerous papers on health literacy, and co-edited the complete bibliography of medicine on health literacy for the National Library of Medicine. She  co-authored the most widely used definition of health literacy, which was used in Healthy People 2010 and is currently used by the IOM and by the NIH.  Dr. Parker currently serves as consultant and advisor to numerous federal agencies, professional societies, and members of industry on their initiatives related to health literacy.

Other invited speakers include Lynn Quincy from Consumers Union and representatives from Enroll America and CMS who will to speak to their organizations' efforts on literacy and their national perspectives on the needs.

There will be a chance to share existent or developing materials from around the country at our Roundtable Discussions.  

Please contact Professor Barbara O'Neill, Rutgers, if you would like to present your materials.   [email protected]

For more information about the preconference in general, contact Professor Roberta Riportella, [email protected]

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