News and Announcements

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Health Care Education Association

HCEA is excited to announce the 2017 conference “Reaching New Heights in Patient Powered Care”, being held in Salt Lake City, UT, September 6 – 8, 2017. We encourage you to present at the 2017 conference to an audience of patient educators, staff educators and other professional peers, gain exposure to your work and advance your career!

Conference Theme:
The central theme of the 2017 HCEA conference focuses on how educators can empower patients and families while they navigate through the ever-changing health care environment. The conference is organized around three key aspects:

  • Using Technology to Engage Patients and Improve Outcomes – Share your innovative solutions for meeting the educational needs of patients and staff using a variety of technology tools.
  • Putting Patient Powered Care into Practice – Share your successes and lessons learned as your organization moves toward a more patient-centered health delivery system.
  • Getting from Here to There: Shifting the Vision for Patient Education – Share how your organization is moving the bar with regard to health literacy and patient education. What innovative programs have you instituted at your organization that have brought patient education to the forefront?

To learn more about the conference, visit our website at


Second Annual Health Literacy Summit

June 2-3, 2017
Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park
Knoxville, Tennessee

The University of Tennessee Medical Center and the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine invite you to attend the Second Annual Health Literacy Summit June 2-3, 2017 in Knoxville, TN. Speakers include: Dr. Cynthia Baur, Co-Author of the Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations and Dr. Rima Rudd, Co-Author of Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers.

The Summit will also look at how we used the Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers to assess the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s health literacy attributes. For more information, please visit our website. We hope to see you there!


Health Literacy Data Map Website

This website provides an interactive, searchable, national map of health literacy estimated for 216,864 census block groups in the United States.  This map will help identify geographic areas that may be most affected by limited health literacy and are in the greatest need of health care services and improvements.  The literacy estimates may also be used to study health literacy on a larger scale than previously possibly with assessments administered in person.  The data can be downloaded.  This site was developed as a public resource and supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging/NIH under award number R01AG046267, Principal Investigators Stacy C. Bailey, PhD; Gang Fang, PhD, MD.


Health Literacy Research & Practice

Health Literacy Research & Practice is a new interdisciplinary and international publication dedicated to promoting excellence in research and practice to advance the field of health literacy, promote health equity, and reduce health disparities.

Open Now for Submissions!


May 24, 2017
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