Literacy and Medical Professionals Training Together!

Hi Everyone,

I'd like to let you know about the Health Literacy Leadership Institute, a week-long professional development program. It will be in Boston at Tufts University from June 9-14, 2014.

This is a unique training opportunity. It brings together professionals from many sides of health literacy, from physicians to librarians to adult literacy educators. As I said in an earlier post, I love to find ways that adult  educators can be in a position to share their expertise with people from the health field! Through a process of peer learning and guest instructors, participants will spend the week creating a health literacy-related product. It could be a curricula, a training program, or anything that you are already working on. 

The topics covered include:

  • Health literacy competencies needed by your target audience
  • Adult learning theory and application
  • Methods for evaluating learning gains
  • Peer presentations and feedback

For programs who have grants for creating a health literacy curricula or program, this would be a good way to get started or make progress! 

I do realize this is an expense, and I know that free trainings are always more doable! I will continue to look for free professional development opportunities to share with you. But I do want you all to see this as an example of a chance for adult literacy practitioners to learn and peer teach along with medical and public health professionals. I see this as progress in our field--it is a good step to promote the expertise of adult literacy educators.

So take a look! Let us know if you have any thoughts or comments on this model of training!




Over the past two years the Health Literacy Leadership Institute has attracted professionals from a wide range of backgrounds including teachers, nurses, librarians, minority health advocates, doctors, academics, researchers, health educators, community activists, graduate students, health literacy specialists, consultants, and others. 

The diversity of perspectives is so useful and what we all have in common is a recognition that improving health literacy means improving the knowledge and skills of both those who provide health care and those who seek health care. There is also a growing recognition in the field of the relationship between health literacy, language, culture.

To explore this interconnectedness more, this year's Fellows Forum, one-day dedicated to a topic of interest to the will focus on Health Literacy and Cultural Competency.  The Fellows Forum is part of the Leadership Institute (no additional registration required) but is open to others who may register for just that one day alone (registration required). 

If you are interested, please take advantage of the early registration discount which ends April 20th.  Hope to see you in Boston this summer,



Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, M.Ed.

Course Director, Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Tufts University School of Medicine

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