The magenta sessions are HLiA Track sessions 
The blue/gray sessions are HARC Track sessions           
The light blue sessions are plenary sessions

HLiA Track - Hear from experts about how to use health literacy best practices and principles to move toward health equity. Learn through case studies how health literacy is supporting policy work and helping us through our challenges coming to terms with racial injustice and inequities, COVID-19, and how social media and misinformation affects our messaging.

HARC Track - The Health Literacy Annual Research Conference is an interdisciplinary meeting for investigators dedicated to health literacy research. It is an opportunity to advance the field of health literacy, a method to raise the quality of our research, and a venue for professional development.

Day 3 - October 21st

Opening Plenary: Disseminating Culturally Relevant Social Media Messages 10:45 am – 11:25 am (ET)

Opening Plenary: Disseminating Culturally Relevant Social Media Messages

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This session will focus on how to use research to create and disseminate culturally relevant social media messages


  • Developing an understanding of the interface between individuals’ ethnic and racial experiences and their health beliefs.
  • Gain awareness of the racial and cultural socialization of individuals in communities of color, as it may assist in finding culturally congruent ways to connect on social media and build trust.
  • How to use research to create messages and locate your social media audience.

Opening - Michael Villaire, MSLM, Institute for Healthcare Advancement

Sloane Bickerstaff, MPH, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Creating a Foundation for Interprofessional, Health
Literacy Education for Health, Social Work, and Legal Professionals 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (ET)

Creating a Foundation for Interprofessional, Health Literacy Education for Health, Social Work, and Legal Professionals

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Educating health professionals to recognize health literacy challenges and communicate clearly with all patients has been a national goal for almost two decades. Since the Healthy People 2010 health communication objectives made health literacy education a priority, issues of interprofessionalism, team-based care, and patients' social determinants have also become relevant topics for health professional education. This panel describes an interprofessional collaboration among faculty and students from schools of medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, social work, law, public health, and library sciences to identify effective ways to provide and evaluate health literacy education. Panelists will describe the challenges in identifying evidence-based practices, evaluation methods, and differences in professional competencies and curricula and offer examples of how interprofessional health literacy education might work.


After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define an interprofessional approach to health literacy education
  • List at least 2 challenges to an interprofessional approach to health literacy
  • Describe at least 2 examples of how health literacy can be taught and practiced in an interprofessional manner

Moderator: Cynthia Baur, PhD, UMD Horowitz Center for Health Literacy


Heather Congdon, PharmD, UMB School of Pharmacy

Alice Horowitz, PhD, UMD Horowitz Center for Health Literacy

Sonia Galvan, MS, RN, CNE Harford Community College

Dominique Gelmann, MDc, UMD School of Medicine

Elsie Stines, DNP, CRNP, University of Maryland, Baltimore Office of the President

Lauren Wheeler, MLIS, UMB Health and Human Services Library

Breakout Panel: The COVID-HL Consortium 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (ET)

Breakout Panel: The COVID-HL Consortium: Overview and Results Around Digital Health Literacy in University Students from an International Network of Partners from 44 Countries

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The COVID-HL Consortium, an international network of partners from 44 different countries seeking to understand digital health literacy in relation to COVID-19 at a global level, was formed in March 2020. The focal population in the first waves of surveys is university students. Using shared data collection instruments, members of the COVID-HL Consortium have collected data from over 40,000 university students.

In this panel, the COVID-HL Consortium co-leader/founder, will give an overview of the Consortium, information about the harmonized data elements, and preliminary results from the large sample. Distinguished panelists from three diverse settings (China/Philippines/Malaysia/Singapore, Portugal, and Vietnam) who are participating in the Consortium will then present findings from three specific study sites and efforts. This will be followed by an overview of next steps for this effort and discussion/Q&A with audience members.


Orkan Okan, Bielefeld University

Angela Y.M Leung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Rafaela Rosário, University of Minho

Linh Hoang Thuy Nguyen, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy

Oral Abstract Session V 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (ET)

Oral Abstract Session V

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Moderator: Lakeshia Cousin

Validation of Three Question Health Literacy Screener in Determining Health Literacy as Compared to Existing STOFHLA

Katherine R. Burkhart, Wichita State University

Development of A skills-based Measure of Health Literacy Regarding on Diabetes and Its Impact on Patients' Glycemic Control

Xinying Sun, Peking University

Evaluating the Validity of a Computational Linguistics-Derives Automated Health Literacy Measure Across Race/ Ethnicity

Dean Schillinger, University of California San Francisco

Concurrent validity of Pictorial Fit-Frail Scale (PFFS) in Older Adults Male Veterans with varying levels of Health Literacy

Lubna Nasr, University of Miami

Closing 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm (ET)


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Cynthia Baur, PhD, UMD Horowitz Center for Health Literacy

Michael Paasche-Orlow, MD, MA, MPH, Boston University Medical Center

Michael Villaire, MSLM, Institute for Healthcare Advancement