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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 9 out of 10 people have difficulty using everyday health information that is routinely available in healthcare facilities, retail outlets, in the media and communities.” 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.

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.

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 will explore health literacy’s contribution to health equity and social justice. Dr. Rudd will discuss an action-based model of health literacy that seeks improvements through systemic change in professional work, information dissemination, and institutional structures.

Bio: Dr. Rima Rudd has been a faculty member of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for 35 years. She is currently an associate in the Department of Health and Social Behavior. Her research studies and teaching has focused on reducing health disparities through attention to equitable access to health information, services, and care. Projects and activities highlighted community partnerships and participatory engagement.

One of the founders of and leaders in health literacy studies, Dr. Rudd drafted the first National Call to Action related to health literacy, served on the original Institute of Medicine Health Literacy Committee, and has written and contributed to multiple health literacy research and analyses, policy reports, and white papers. She has received multiple awards for her contribution to this still burgeoning area of study and practice.



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 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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