Patient Engagement and Cross-Cultural Communication are Focus for Health Literacy Summit

2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit | Health Literacy: A Critical Link in Patient Engagement

Registration is now open for the 2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit, “Health Literacy: A Critical Link in Patient Engagement.” This event, sponsored by Wisconsin Health Literacy, will be held April 4-5, 2017, at Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison.

The Wisconsin Nurses Association is endorsing the Summit as one of its Host Partners in recognition of the significant impact improved health literacy can have on patient engagement and community health.

Summit information is available at An early bird discount is offered through March 7. CME credit is available. Scholarships are also available, with applications due Feb. 20.

Seven general sessions, twenty-six different breakout workshops, and a poster presentation offer information to improve chronic disease management, patient engagement and satisfaction, clinical outcomes, health insurance literacy and better engagement of people in their health and health care.  A day-long workshop, “Improving Prescription Drug Labels to Help Patient Understanding: A Medication Label Summit” and a half day AHRQ SHARE APPROACH session on shared decision-making are offered April 3.

Plenary presenters are Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, SVP/Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Nurse of the O’Neil Center at GetWellNetwork® Inc.; Cindy Brach, Senior Health Care Researcher for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Winston F. Wong, MD, Medical Director, Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente; Christopher Trudeau, JD, Professor of Law, Michigan State University; and Kim Parson, Strategic Consultant, Humana. The keynote speaker is Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down; and closing the Summit is Anita Woodley, Emmy Award-winning journalist, health education entertainer, and ethnodrama presenter.