Plain Language for Health

2017 Dates TBD

A Writing and Design Workshop

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

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Who should attend?

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

  • Clinicians
  • Educators
  • Health insurance professionals
  • Health writers
  • Information specialists
  • Librarians
  • Public health professionals
  • Others who communicate health information
  • Professional degree students in health-related fields

To support health literate organizations, teams of 3 people from the same organization 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 17th and 18th, 2016
    9:00am to 4:00pm
    Sackler Center for Medical Education
    145 Harrison Avenue, 5th Floor, Room 507
    Boston, MA  02111

  • Evening reception March 17th, 2016
    4:30pm to 6:00pm
    Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
    1 Kneeland St, 15th Floor, Room 1514 (Alumni Lounge)
    Boston, MA 02111

How much does it cost?

Accepted applicants will attend the workshop for free thanks to funding from the National Library of Medicine under contract with University of Massachusetts Medical School. Preference will be given to individuals and teams of up to 3 individuals from the same organization on a first-come, first-serve basis. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Lodging is not included.

Who is leading the workshop?

CommunicateHealth, Inc.:

  • 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.

  • Amy Behrens, MS, Senior Editor
    Amy, an ardent plain language advocate and a health communication professional, has expertise in public health messaging, provider education, and curriculum development. In addition to overseeing the writing team, Amy writes, edits, and evaluates plain language print and web content for local, state, and federal clients.

Tufts University School of Medicine:

  • 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 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.

  • Alia Bucciarelli, MS, Health Writer and Guest Lecturer
    Ms. Bucciarelli is the author of Alzheimer’s Disease, a plain language reference book for caregivers, friends, and family on frequently asked questions about the illness. An Amazon reviewer writes, "[The book] is compassionate, clear, honest and highly insightful. It is a must-read for the growing community of Alzheimer's patients and caregivers."

Where can I learn more?

For more information about the Plain Language for Health Writing and Design Workshop contact Cayla Saret, Teaching Assistant, 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