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2019 Health Literacy Summit “A Sharper View Through the Lens of Health Literacy”

Posted by on June 3rd, 2019 Posted in: Blog, Funding, Success Stories


Educational. Engaging. Inspiring. These were words used to summarize the 2019 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit.

With almost 300 attendees from 25 states, this year’s Summit captured the attention of many professionals looking to broaden their health literacy lens. A majority felt energized to take on the next step of a health literacy project and included comments, such as:

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“Lots of great resources! This presentation went quickly, but I look forward to reviewing things and sharing with my team when I get back.”

“The conference speakers inspired me to look at the services our agency delivers (i.e. ESL, correctional education, computer literacy, etc.) through a different lens. We have offered some health literacy workshops in the past, but these were offered as stand-alone activities. Following the conference, we plan to more fully integrate health related content into our daily activities with all learner populations.”

“Excellent Summit! This event has standing in the field, which makes it attract really good people, both new and experienced!”

In a 1-week follow-up survey, participants responded they are likely to use the health literacy research and practice-based tools presented at the Summit within one or more of the following areas:

  • interpersonal communication-print, audiovisual, web, or social media content-navigation of your facility (72%).
  • Prepare individuals you serve to access, understand and act on health information and services (67%).
  • Broaden your organization’s view of the role health literacy plays in all aspects of health, health care and patient/member experience (59%).
  • Include the population you serve in the design, implementation and evaluation of health information and services (59%).
  • Integrate health literacy into planning, evaluation, patient safety and/or quality improvement (51%)
  • Utilize health literacy principles and interventions to improve patient outcomes (44%).

You can find session recordings and materials at wisconsinhealthliteracy.org.

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Grant Number 1UG4LM012346 with The University of Iowa.

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