Plain Language for Health

Plain Language for Health 2017  

March 16-17, 2017

A Writing and Design Workshop

This workshop is for motivated individuals and teams working to communicate health information in ways people can understand. The workshop features two days of training with experts from CommunicateHealth and Tufts University School of Medicine, and an evening networking reception. Learn new skills, gain valuable tools and make lasting connections.
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Who should attend?

Motivated individuals who work every day to communicate information to the public — this includes:

  • Health professionals
  • Educators
  • Writers
  • Librarians
  • Information specialists
  • Community workers
  • Teachers
  • Public health professionals
  • Others who communication health information
  • Students

To support health literate organizations and communities, teams of from the same organization — especially community organizations — are encouraged to attend.

Why attend this workshop?

Workshop participants will:

  • Learn new skills to improve your plain language writing and create user-friendly print and web materials
  • Make lasting connections to colleagues in the plain language and health communication fields
  • Gain valuable tools for improving your organization’s commitment to plain language
When and where is the workshop?
  • March 16-17, 2017
    Jaharis Family Center
    150 Harrison Avenue, Room 130
    Boston, MA 02111

  • Evening reception:
    March 17, 2016
    Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
    1 Kneeland Sreet, 15th Floor, Room 1514 (Alumni Lounge)
    Boston, MA 02111

How much does it cost?

  • Individual: $300 early registration ($350 after Feb 15th)
  • Teams of 3 people from the same organization: $750 per team ($900 after Feb 15st)
  • Scholarships available. Accepted applicants will attend the workshop free of charge thanks to funding from the National Library of Medicine under contract with University of Massachusetts Medical School. (Please note: Eligibility criteria and applications available soon)

Who is leading the workshop?
  • Stacy Robison, MPH, MCHES, President and Co-founder
    A self-proclaimed health literacy geek and an expert in clear communication, Stacy is responsible for leading CommunicateHealth's content and creative excellence. Since co-founding the company at the age of 30, Stacy has been recognized as an innovative business leader by the U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce and others, including BusinessWest's 40 Under Forty.

  • Xanthi Scrimgeour, MHEd, MCHES, Chief Strategist and Co-founder
    Since co-founding CommunicateHealth in 2009, Xanthi has been driving company strategy and operations, transforming the organization into a nationally recognized multi-million dollar consulting firm. A veteran public health advocate, Xanthi spent 20 years working on the front lines with state and local health agencies, always championing the use of plain language and testing with users.

  • Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, MEd, Assistant Professor, Director of the Health Literacy Leadership Institute
    Dedicated to improving the health literacy of health professionals and the public, Sabrina designs curricula and training programs that are skills focused and tailored to meet the needs of all participants. When she is not teaching, Sabrina is Principle of a Kurtz-Rossi & Associates, a woman-owned consulting group offering health literacy, plain language, education and evaluation services.

Where can I learn more?

For more information about the Plain Language for Health Writing and Design Workshop, contact Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, at

Who is sponsoring the workshop?
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine – New England Region, provider of health information literacy training for health professionals and the community
  • Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library, member library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – New England Region
  • Health Literacy Leadership Institute (HLLI), internationally known for health literacy leadership development
  • CommunicateHealth, award-winning communications firm specializing in health behavior change