Monthly Archives: November 2013

Mid-Winter Conference Registration

Michael Villaire

Michael Villaire

The 2014 Mid-Winter Conference will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 8:00am to 4:00pm in the Arkansas Department of Health Auditorium, 4815 W. Markham St. in Little Rock. Download the flyer, see the agenda, and register online (free).

This event is open to anyone interested in health literacy; from public health workers to health care professionals and the community.

Theme: Health Literacy for Older Adults
Speaker: Michael Villaire from the Institute for Healthcare Advancement
Workshops: How to use What To Do For Senior Health. How to get easy-to-read health information for older adults with cancer and chronic diseases. How to help older adults understand Medicare and health insurance.

Fall 2013 Updates

Dear Partner in Health Literacy:

So far 2013 has been A GREAT YEAR! for health literacy in Arkansas. See a printable version of this announcement. Also, I am so happy to introduce the Partnership’s new logo!

In particular, I would like to draw your attention to our New Meeting Format. Here is a summary of the changes:

  • There will be a single monthly PHLA meeting on the third Friday of each month at the Arkansas Department of Health, Room 2508 from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. Video-teleconferencing will be available.
  • There will no longer be separate ongoing workgroups. Rather, all are invited to participate in the larger monthly meeting. We hope this will create synergy and help prevent burn-out.
  • New workgroups will be formed from time to time to accomplish specific, time-limited projects with defined end-points.
  • The focus of the monthly meetings will rotate. A calendar of meetings will be maintained on the PHLA website, which is The 2014 meeting calendar will be available soon.
  • The new format will become effective at the next meeting on November 15. An agenda for the meeting will be posted on the PHLA website on Tuesday, November 12. Please contact Meg Arey at [email protected], if you would like to attend by video-teleconferencing.

We hope your schedule will allow you to become an active participant in these meetings.

There are two upcoming events that may of interest to you.

  • Health Literacy Research Grand Rounds will be presented by the UAMS Translational Research Institute on Thursday, November 14, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 8240 at the UAMS the College of Public Health. Video-teleconferencing will be available. The presenter will be Michael Wolf, PhD, MPH, Professor, Medicine and Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in Chicago. See the flyer for more information.
  • PHLA’s 2014 Mid-Winter Conference will take place on Thursday, January 23 at the Arkansas Department of Health’s auditorium from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The theme will be Health Literacy for Older Adults. Video-teleconferencing will be available. See the save-the-date flyer.

The Fall 2103 Update and more information about these events will be posted on the PHLA website. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested.

In closing, let me take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the work that you and your organization are doing to address health literacy in our state.  We will all benefit from your efforts, so THANK YOU! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Jennifer Dillaha, MD
Chair, Steering Committee
Partnership for Health Literacy in Arkansas

IHA Health Literacy Conference Proposal Deadline Extended

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Deadline Extended for Call for Breakout Session Presentations

After fielding a few frantic calls and reading some anxious emails, we have decided to extend our deadline for you to submit your Breakout Session Presentation for consideration. Click here to submit your proposal.

Do you have expertise in a skill area of health literacy that you would be willing to share? We have slots for 10 outstanding sessions to present to our attendees at our conference, scheduled for May 9-11, 2014 in Irvine, California. The conference theme is “Operational Solutions to Low Health Literacy.” And please note, this year we will be having a special emphasis on the Affordable Care Act, and ways in which you have brought your health literacy skills to help with outreach, education and enrollment efforts.

If you have experience in any of the areas below, or another area that would be of particular use to those working with patients and clients with limited health literacy skills, and you are interested in teaching a 90-minute, hands-on, interactive workshop at our conference, read on and submit your proposal to become a presenter.

We are particularly interested in receiving Breakout Session presentations on these topics (this is not a comprehensive list; we will carefully and fairly review each submission on its merits):

  • Adult education
  • Culture and health literacy
  • Demonstrating the strategic value of your health literacy program
  • Education program design
  • Effective website design
  • Focus groups / Evaluation / Field testing
  • Grant writing
  • Navigation
  • Numeracy
  • Patient action plans
  • Program evaluation
  • Social Media
  • Translating education materials
  • Using interpreters effectively
  • Working with limited English proficiency patients
  • Working with seniors

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What questions do you have?  We’re here to help! Call 800-434-4633, or email [email protected].


Michael Villaire, MSLM
Chief Executive Officer
Institute for Healthcare Advancement
email: [email protected]
phone: 800-434-4633, ext. 202

IHA Health Literacy Conference Team
Institute For Healthcare Advancement

Health Literate Care Model and Graphic

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ahrq-graphicIn 2012, Health Affairs published an article proposing a Health Literate Care Model that weaves health literacy strategies into the widely adopted Care Model (formerly known as the Chronic Care Model). The article describes how health care organizations can infuse health literacy into all aspects of planning and operations, including self-management support, delivery system design, shared decision-making support, clinical information systems to track and plan patient care, and helping patients access community resources. The article is by HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh, AHRQ researcher Cindy Brach, Linda Harris from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and Michael Parchman who is the Director of the McColl Center for Health Care Innovation.

Now a graphic of the Health Literate Care Model has been developed. Viewers familiar with the Care Model will recognize the health system elements that lead to productive interactions between health care teams and patients and their families. New is set of health literacy strategies that mediate those health system elements to ensure that interactions are not only productive, but are also health literate.

Access both the Health Literate Care Model graphic and the article, “A Proposed ‘Health Literate Care Model’ Would Constitute A Systems Approach To Improving Patients’ Engagement In Care.”

You can order a hard copy of the article from the AHRQ Clearinghouse by emailing [email protected] or calling 1-800-358-9295 and requesting AHRQ Pub. No. 12-R050.