IHA’s Annual Health Literacy Conference has been providing operational solutions to improve health literacy since 2002, drawing health literacy professionals—speakers and attendees—from all over the world. This premier event offers something for everyone in the field of health and human services. Whether you work directly with the public or behind the scenes, in patient education, policy, or in research, at a small non-profit or a large corporation – there is something here for you and your professional development.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to adapt, like so many others, to an online forum. And, in light of this, and current events dominating and driving society’s conversations, we decided to create a new theme to frame our discussions: “Health Equity and Disparities in the Time of COVID-19.” We will share stories, insights, and encourage conversations to promote a greater understanding of the pandemic's disproportionate effect on select populations. Most importantly, we will identify solutions to consider as we work to rebuild a more equitable society.

The conversations start here. They will continue after the conference. Please join us, now and after.

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July 20- 24, 2020


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Innovative Program


Title: Training Medical Students About Health Literacy and Patient-centered Habits for Clear Communication

Winner: Dr. Cliff Coleman, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Family Medicine

Organization: Oregon Health & Science University



Title: Enabling Health Literate Engagement in Care in Canada: Development of a New Patient, Family, and Consumer Education Program in a Post-acute Geriatric Rehabilitation and Long-term Care Setting

Winners: Elke Ruthig, Dr. David Conn, and Dr. Faith Boutcher

Organization: Baycrest Centre for Education & Knowledge Exchange in Aging, Toronto, Ontario

Published Material


Title: Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) infographics

Name: Melanoma Research Foundation 

Organization: Health Literacy Media (HLM)



Title: Intellus Worldwide’s Health Literacy Initiative 

Name: Tom Donnelly, Branding Science,Tatiana Barakshina, Bazis, Jim Kirk, Bill Stone, Sommer Consulting, Heather Collins, Schlesinger Group

Organization: Intellus Worldwide

Poster Award Winners

1st Place
Diana L. Fisher, MS, MPH, CPH
Eli Lilly and Company 
2nd Place
Alison Caballero, MPH, CHES
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Center for Health Literacy