Health Literacy Forum


Nov 9, 2015
8:00am - 12:00pm


Wood Auditorium
UT Medical Center
Knoxville, TN 37920


Did you know that 90 million American adults, or half of all American adults, cannot understand or act on the health information they receive? Health literacy in America is a national issue that needs to be addressed.

Be a part of the conversation and help to improve health literacy and patient outcomes in Tennessee

by joining other health care professionals, educators, librarians, government officials and business leaders for a Health Literacy Forum at The University of Tennessee Medical Center on Monday, November 9, 2015 from 8 a.m. - Noon. The forum will focus on one of the goals of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy - “promote changes in the health care delivery system that improve health information, communication, informed decision-making, and access to health service.”

Nationally recognized health literacy advocate, Cynthia Baur, PhD, Senior Advisor for Health Literacy and Plain Language with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will be the keynote speaker and address “The Importance of Health Literacy and its Consequences for Patient Health.”

Other topics to be examined include:

  • State Government Policies and Initiatives to Advance Health Literacy with David Reagan, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer for the Tennessee Department of Health
  • Inter-professional Collaborations and Best Practices in Patient Education to Improve Medication Adherence  with Andrea Franks, PharmD, BCPS, UT Health Science Center College of Pharmacy and U T Medical Center; and Hamilton Borden, PharmD, Blount Discount Pharmacy and UT Health Science Center College of Pharmacy.
  • Strategies for Health Information and Library Professionals to Improve Patient Engagement and Communication with Terri Ottosen, MLIS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region.

The half-day forum is free, but registration is required by calling 865-305-9525 or submitting the form below.  For more information contact Sandy Oelschlegel, UT Medical Center Health Information Center, at or 865-305-9525.