International Conference for Communication in Healthcare & Health Literacy Annual Research Conference

Baltimore Waterfront Marriott, October 8-11 2017

Join the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare for a joint meeting of ICCH and HARC! Save the date to attend this interdisciplinary and international research and educational event. 

The ICCH and HARC aim to create a learning community that fosters scholarship and inter-professional collaboration to advance knowledge and innovation in communication, healthcare and relationship-centred care. We welcome abstracts and proposals from all disciplines and health professions, although we are now closed for further submissions.



Research in Social and Adminstrative Pharmacy

Please note the call for papers for a special themed issue on "Interventional Approaches to Health Literacy in Pharmacy Practice and Education". Details can be found at:


This is an international call for interventional and multidisciplinary research aimed at identifying new and innovative research in health literacy. Deadline for submission 1st September 2017, for publication in early 2018.


Can you help with evaluation of booklet about treating breast cancer?

In the hope of increasing accessibility to a wider range of readers, breast cancer support charity Breast Cancer Care has produced some materials about treating breast cancer. This material contains much less detail than our traditional patient information booklet on the subject and is aimed at a lower reading age.We surveyed a range of potential users during the development, and are now seeking volunteers to do some evaluation of the first full iteration.
If you would be willing to take part – either as an individual or with a group of patients, for example – we would be most grateful. The evaluation involves looking at the booket, followed by the completion of a short paper or online survey: all booklets and  questionnaires will be supplied. If you’d like to help, please email with ‘Treating breast cancer evaluation’ in the subject line.

How does NHS England view the role of health literacy in patient centred care? 

Jonathan Berry, Personalisation & Control Specialist in NHS England’s Person Centred Care Team, provides an update on the current work being done to transform health literacy, explaining why it is so important and the positive impact it can have for patients.


The Health Literacy Discussion List is an online email list that began in 1997 and has grown along with the field of Health Literacy. We now have over 1600 subscribers from around the world, and members from diverse fields of practice and study, including healthcare, public heath, education, social work, research, library sciences, social science, and many more.

What unites our members is an interest in using health literacy as a way to support better health around the world. We share resources, ask and answer questions, announce events, and discuss new ideas.

The list is supported by the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA), and is free and open to anyone. It is moderated, but very unstructured. You can ask any question or bring up any topic related to health literacy. 

To join the list, please go to this link:

Or you can email the list moderator, Julie McKinney, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Click here for more information about the upcoming Guest Discussion.