Health Literacy Leadership Institute

Sackler Buildling

June 8 - 12, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This one-week Institute will directly support the work of health professionals and educators engaged in health literacy work to transform public health and healthcare delivery in the United States and across the globe. Those working to improving patient-provider communication and healthcare quality as well as those working directly with patients or learners in educational settings will find the Institute to be directly applicable.

Peer learning and the sharing of research and best practice from professionals in the fields of health and education are core components of the Institute's educational approach. Participants will work on a curriculum or educational program of their choice resulting in a final product that is current, comprehensive, informed by research, and reflective of best practice.

The Institute will meet over five consecutive days at Tufts University School of Medicine's Boston Health Sciences Campus, in the Sackler Center for Medical Education, Room 317.


  • Identify health literacy as an organizational/ systems problem that includes the skills of health care professionals and consumers.
  • Name audience-specific health literacy competencies and the curriculum content to address those competencies.
  • Write measurable health literacy learning objectives and an evaluation plan that includes outcome and process measures.
  • Outline a health literacy curriculum or educational program based on sound adult learning theory and effective teaching strategies.


The Institute is designed for health professionals and educators and is limited to 20 participants to allow for in-depth interaction and feedback from faculty and peers. Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of health literacy principles prior to the start of the institute. An optional pre-session immediately prior to the start of the Institute will provide participants with an overview of core health literacy principles and policies and an additional opportunity for learning.

Tufts students who wish to enroll in the course for academic credit but have not yet taken HCOM509 Health Literacy must receive approval from Professor Kurtz-Rossi. In addition, students are required to meet with the instructor for two class sessions prior to the Institute and one session after the Institute. In the first pre-session, the instructor will review the course syllabus and give guidance for pre-session work. Students will meet a second time just prior to the Institute to present their pre-session work. In the session following the Institute, students will discuss issues raised during the Institute and be provided with additional guidance related to their final project.

Contact Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, M.Ed., Course Director, at for more information.
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