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Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

[Guest post: Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi]

Health Literacy Leadership Institute
June 13‐17, 2016

“As a participant in the Health Literacy Leadership
Institute, I would encourage anyone thinking about
attending to go. It was one of the best educational
experiences I’ve ever had. It could change your life!”

– Terri Ottosen

Enroll now in the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, June 13‐17, 2016. Offered through the
Health Communication Program at Tufts University School of Medicine, this one‐week Institute
is designed for professionals committed to improving the health literacy of healthcare providers
and the public. Those working in health literacy and students interested in pursuing careers in
health literacy are encouraged to attend.

Participants learn from faculty and guest instructors highly regarded for their pioneering work
in medical education, adult literacy, and program evaluation. Peer learning and the sharing of
research and best practice are central to the Institute’s educational approach. Throughout the
week, participants work on a health literacy project of their choice resulting in a final product that is current, comprehensive, informed by research, and reflective of best practice.
For more information and to register, visit

Contact the course director at or call 781‐835‐6488.

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AHRQ Releases Health Literacy Toolkit for Primary Care Practice

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

[Source: AHRQ e-bulletin]

Only 12 percent of U.S. adults have the health literacy skills needed to manage the demands of our complex health care system, and even these individuals’ ability to absorb and use health information can be compromised by stress or illness. Experts recommend assuming that everyone may have difficulty understanding and creating an environment where all patients can thrive. Like with blood safety, universal precautions should be taken to address health literacy because we can’t know which patients are challenged by health care information and tasks at any given time. AHRQ’s Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit – 2nd edition can help primary care practices reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels.

Additional tools for improving health literacy:

Learn more about how to improve primary care by visiting AHRQ’s National Center for Excellence in Primary Care at:

Plain Language Workshop

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Plain Language for Health: A Writing and Design Workshop, March 17–18, 2016

This workshop is designed for motivated individuals and teams working to communicate health information in ways people can understand. Join us for “Plain Language for Health: A Writing and Design Workshop” on March 17–18, 2016 in Boston, MA. Visit the website to learn more and apply.  Applications accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Learn new skills, gain valuable tools, and make lasting connections. The workshop will be led by Stacy Robison and Xanthi Scrimgeour, co-founders of CommunicateHealth, along with Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Director, Tufts Health Literacy Leadership Institute, and Alia BucciarelliHealth Writer and Guest Speaker. Funded in part by the National Library of Medicine under contract with University of Massachusetts Medical School.

National NN/LM Webinar Opportunities

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Our neighboring Regional Medical Library (the Middle Atlantic Region) kindly extends an invitation to our members to attend their upcoming webinars.  Webinars have transformed regional professional development opportunities.  To explore NN/LM educational opportunities throughout the country, check out the NN/LM National Training Schedule.  Take a look to see if the site is online.  If webinars have a waiting list, regions usually give preference to their own members.  Our webinars are also open to network members from other regions.  Here are the upcoming educational offerings by the NN/LM MAR:

  1. Health Literacy 3.0 (Boost Box) / January 12, 2016  noon-1:00pm ET. If you’re still counting syllables in sentences and checking readability formulas in the hopes of making health information health literacy appropriate, you might want to tune into this webinar. Speaker Dr. Christina Zarcadoolas refers to these and other supposed best practices about simplification as “wardrobe malfunctions” in a field that has gone through much evolution in the last 25 years. In an ever more complex worlds, Christina will talk about the limits of simplicity and discuss newer approaches to communicating health effectively.  No registration required. Eligible for 1 MLA CE


  1. Mobile Technologies in Libraries – Changing the way we work (Tech Time) / January 21, 2016 1:30pm ET.  In this presentation, we will explore some of the ways that libraries are leveraging mobile technology to change the way librarians work and to communicate with the people we serve. Speaker: Ann Whitney Gleason MLIS, AHIP / No registration required. Eligible for 1 MLA CE.
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