Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. and the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN) were pleased to co-present the 5th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit on April 9-10, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin.


The event brought together nationally important voices in the fields of health care, adult literacy and health care policy to address health literacy from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Presentations and Conference Documents

Conference Program / Agenda

Presentation Videos

Videos: 5th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit Program


Step Out on Nothing: A Conversation with Byron Pitts
Byron Pitts, CBS News/60 Minutes Correspondent

Communicating Health Concepts: Lessons Learned About Making Health Information Understandable For A Broad Audience
Zorba Paster, MD, Host, National Public Radio’s “Zorba Paster: On Your Health”

Breakout Sessions

Health Literate Communication Training for Health Care Workers
Cliff Coleman, MD, MPH, Oregon Health & Science University

Incorporating Health Literacy into the Adult Literacy Environment
Marsha Connet, Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.

Health Literacy Starter Kit: Basic Information and Resources for the Newcomer
Paul Smith, MD, Associate Director, Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN)
Julie McKinney, MS, Health Literacy Consultant, World Education

Teach Back: Fast, Efficient, Normal
Kathryn M. Anderson, MA, Programs Manager, Sage Words Health Communications

Keeping It Real with Your Patients
Facilitator: Amy Olejniczak, MS, MPH, Project Director, Wisconsin Adolescent Health Care Communication Program, and Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health

Co-Creating a Vision for Implementing Health Literacy: Reactions to the Panel Discussion on Obtaining Senior Level Support
Grant Foster, Director of Health Information, Dean Health System. Representing the Southwest/South Central Wisconsin Health Literacy Committee

How to Make Your Health Care Materials Easy to Understand
Megan Rooney, M.Ed., Plain Language Manager, Health Literacy Missouri
Sam Pettyjohn, MPH, Program Manager, Health Literacy Missouri

Measuring the Organizational Communication Climate for Quality Improvement
Andrew Jager, MA, Research Associate, American Medical Association

Design for Readability: Inspiring Action with Clear Formatting
Eva Anderson, MFA, BFA, Creative Director, Center for Health Literacy, MAXIMUS

How Can We Involve the Population We Serve in Improving the Health Literacy Environment of Health Care Organizations?
Nadia K. Ali, MD, MB; BS, MPH, Associate Program Director, Clinical Assistant Professor, Crozer Chester Medical Center, School of Medicine of Temple University

Building a Community Partnership Around the “What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick” Book
Margarete Cook, Northwest Wisconsin Regional Literacy Consultant, Wisconsin Literacy, Inc
Jay Shrader, MHA, Community Benefit and Prevention Program Manager, Wellness Manager, Security Health Plan
Nancy Wheeler, Literacy Program Coordinator, ICAA Crossroads Literacy

Case Study A: Sheboygan County Health Literacy: Lessons Learned
Mary Paluchniak, RN, BSN, Program Development Specialist, St. Nicholas Hospital
Jean Beinemann, RN, BSN, Program Supervisor, Sheboygan County Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health

Case Study B: Developing Two System-Level Approaches to Address Health Literacy Barriers Among Rural Cancer Patients
Norma-Jean Simon, MPH, MPA, ROLES Project Coordinator, Rural Oncology Literacy Enhancement Study (ROLES), University of Wisconsin-Carbone Cancer Center
Michael Helle, MHA, Director of Outpatient Services, Beaver Dam Community Hospital
Julie Marks, RN, RN Lead Oncology/Cancer Navigator, Beaver Dam Community Hospital

Health Literacy and the Affordable Care Act
Bonnie Braun, PhD, Faculty Scholar, Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, University of Maryland Extension
Caroline Gomez, MSW, Health Care Outreach Specialist, Covering Kids & Families

From the Toolbox to the Toolshed
Caroline B. Gomez, MSW, Health Care Outreach Specialist, Covering Kids & Families

Retooling the Pharmacist to Improve Health Literacy
Jennifer O’Callaghan, PharmD, PGY-1 Community Pharmacy Resident, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Iggy and the Inhalers: The Use of Comics in Asthma Education
Alex Thomas, MD, Pediatric Allergist, UW Health, Cartoonist, Boostershot Comics

Advancing Health Literacy of Transplant Patients and Caregivers
Julia G. Behrenbeck, MS, MPH, RN, Patient Education Specialist, Mayo Clinic Rochester
Rachel F. Carroll, MAE, BAS, Patient Education Specialist – Planner, Mayo Clinic Rochester
Kathleen J. Yost, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic Rochester

The Self-Care Model: Improving Chronic Condition Care One Person at a Time
Betsy Shirey, Communications Consultant, Humana

Ask Me for the Health of It: A Community/Health Care Partnership
Nancy Wheeler, Literacy Program Coordinator, ICAA Crossroads Literacy
Margarete Cook, Northwest Regional Literacy Consultant, Wisconsin Literacy, Inc.
Allison Machtan, Health Educator, Security Health Plan

Making a Case for Health Literacy: Policy, Outcomes and Your Bottom Line
Peter Morrison, Director of Health Literacy, Health Literacy Forward, Literacy Coalition of Central Texas

Verbal Communication Skills
Sam Pettyjohn, MPH, Health Literacy Program Manager, Health Literacy Missouri

Plan, Evaluate and Improve Your Health Literacy Interventions and Activities
Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, M.Ed., Principal and Health Literacy Consultant, Kurtz-Rossi & Associates

Creating Engaging, Unbiased & Understandable Shared Decision Materials: Is it Possible?
Geri Lynn Baumblatt, MA, Editorial Director, Emmi Solutions

Panel Discussion: Teach-Back Implementation Projects
Lessons learned from four projects implementing the Teach-Back Method in area health systems.

A. The Teach-Back Project: A Multidisciplinary Project to Improve Teaching with Patients and Families
Cori Gibson, MSN, RN, CNL, Care Manager, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

B. Our Multidisciplinary Teach-Back Team: Staff Education about Patient Education
Cynthia Leeder, RN, MS, BC-ACNS, Nursing Patient Education Manager, University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

C. Promoting Health Literacy through Communication and Coaching
Sue McIntyre, PhD, Associate, Health Literacy Advancements, LLC, representing a partnership with Mayo Health System-Barron

D. Identifying Medication Teach-back During CPOM/EPIC
Jan Kraus, Medical Library Manager, Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Volunteer Community Faculty, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Help Me Understand: A Patient’s Perspective
Beth Gaytan, Health Literacy Director, Literacy Network
Five Adult Literacy Students

Wisconsin Research & Education Network (WREN)

5th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit
April 9-10, 2013


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