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Plain Language for Health

A Writing and Design Workshop for Health Research and Practice

March 28-29, 2019

This workshop is for motivated individuals and teams working to communicate health information in ways people can understand. The two-day workshop features training with health literacy and plain language experts from Tufts University School of Medicine and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and an evening networking reception sponsored by CommunicateHealth. Speakers from Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Tufts Medical Center (CTSI) and Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRCT) will lead interactive discussions on how to apply principles of health literacy and plain language to health research and informed consent. The workshop will teach actionable skills and techniques to improve community engagement, build transparency and trust, and connect with patients, research participants, and the community.

Day one, led by Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, MEd, Tufts University School of Medicine, nationally recognized health literacy consultant, will dive into plain language as a strategic response to communicating complex health information and engaging communities. This day will cover the fundamentals of plain language writing and design, readability and numeracy, and include hands on application of tools and techniques to enhance reading ease and actionability of written health information. 

Day two, led by Christopher Trudeau, JD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, one of the only health literacy lawyers in the United States, will connect the principles from day one to the creation of clear, user-friendly consent forms that comply with the Revised Common Rule. Attendees will learn about the key information requirement of the Revised Common Rule, and review the legal aspects and principals involved in writing in plain language. 

If you or your team are involved in drafting informed consent forms, creating promotional material, or communicating health information to patients, research participants, and the public – this workshop is for you!

Workshop registration