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About the Summit:

The Florida Health Literacy Summit is a statewide forum for educators, health professionals, and other interested stakeholders to discuss and collaborate on how to effectively serve the health needs of adults and families with low literacy, low health literacy, and limited English skills.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly nine out of ten adults struggle to understand and use personal and public health information when it is filled with unfamiliar or complex terms. Good health outcomes require clear communication between medical professionals and patients. It is evident that we need to find effective ways to reduce the gap between the literacy demands of health and insurance systems and the health literacy skills of many Floridians.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Rima E. Rudd, Department of Health and Social Behavior
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Achieving Health Equity through Health Literacy: Partnerships for Action

This session explored health literacy’s contribution to health equity and social justice. Dr. Rudd discussed an action-based model of health literacy that seeks improvements though systemic change in professional work, information dissemination, and institutional structures.


Summit Sessions:

  • Health Literacy in Action: Helping English Language Learners Improve Health Literacy Knowledge and Skills
  • Language and Health Literacy: The Power of Plain
  • Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication that Reduces Barriers to Care
  • A Culture of Health Literacy: Strategies for Implementing an Organizational Health Literacy Program
  • Tik Tok, YouTube, Google: Where do Your Patients Find Their Health Information
  • Health Insurance Literacy: Helping Consumers Make Informed Choices

Summit Objectives:

  • Identify research-based strategies to improve the health literacy level of clients and patients.
  • Explore the relationship between health literacy and health equity.
  • Identify effective organizational strategies and policies to make it easier for people to access and use health care services and health information.
  • Demonstrate new strategies or practices that can be used to promote effective verbal and written communication using a clear language approach.
  • Identify potential partners willing to engage in future health literacy activities.


Presenting Sponsor


Hosted by Florida Literacy Coalition


Summit Partners

Advent Health University

American Heart Association

Broward Community Schools

Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County

Florida Nurses Association

Florida State University School of Medicine

University of Florida College of Medicine

UF Health Shands HomeCare






The Florida Literacy Coalition thanks the Florida
Department of Education, Division of Career and Adult Education
for making this site possible.

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