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 16, 2017
    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. 16, 2017)
  • Teams of 3 people from the same organization: $825 per team ($975 after Feb. 16, 2017)
  • A fee of $100 will be applied to cancellations within two weeks of the event.
  • Scholarships available. See PLFH Collaborations Scholarship Application for eligibility criteria.
Are scholarships available?

With support from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – New England Region, a new facilitrainer / health literacy collaborations component has been added to the PL4H program.

Collaborations are designed to support partnerships between facilitrainers and community organizations serving adults with low health literacy and limited English proficiency, especially new immigrants and refugees. The goal is to reduced health disparities by providing health information and education to communities in need.

Public librarians, consumer health librarians, and community-based organizations serving new immigrants and refugee communities are especially encouraged to apply. Please see PL4H Collaborations Scholarship Application for more details, and submit your application online by February 17, 2017. Scholarship letters will be sent out by February 24, 2017.

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?
  • CommunicateHealth, award-winning communications firm specializing in health behavior change
  • Health Literacy Leadership Institute (HLLI), internationally known for health literacy leadership development
  • 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