2013 Kentucky Health Literacy Summit


Welcome to the virtual conference page for the 4th Annual Kentucky Health Literacy Summit: Words are Just the Beginning. This year's conference provided an opportunity for individuals from Kentucky and the region to improve their knowledge of health literacy issues and increase their networking contacts. The Summit was put on by Health Literacy Kentucky and showcased state leaders and health literacy projects going on in the Commonwealth.

Viewing the Presentations

The conference video and associated slide decks were captured and produced into 3 continuing education modules that are offered free of charge to anyone who was unable to attend the conference in person. To view a presentation, click on the title of the presentation below. To see an overview of all of the presentations, click “View Webcasts” on the left navigation bar. To learn more about the faculty, click the “Faculty Information” link.

  • Module 1 - Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services/Department for Public Health 2013 Health Literacy Update, Stephanie Mayfield Gibson
  • Module 2 - Health Literacy and Adult Literacy: The Challenges and Opportunities, Sharon Darling
  • Module 3 - The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Health Literacy, Mark Birdwhistell

Continuing Education Credits

At the conclusion of each module, you will be asked to complete a posttest and evaluation of the module prior to receiving your CE certificate. We will use your evaluation of the activities to enhance future continuing education offerings.

Visit the official Health Literacy Kentucky site to join a committee.
Dwain Harris, MHA "Health literacy is sometimes the forgotten link on the healthcare chain, and the old saying about the weakest link definitely applies to health literacy as it relates to healthcare. If patients don’t understand, they can’t comply properly, and all the work and resources going into providing that care might be for naught. The health literacy conference holds the spotlight on this issue of clear provider-patient communication, and I think the more the healthcare community focuses on it, the better our patient outcomes will be."
Dwain Harris, MHA
Southern KY Area Health Education Center
Sandra E. Brooks, MD, MBA "According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Nearly 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using the everyday health information that is routinely available in our healthcare facilities, retail outlets, media and communities. We aim to provide tools and resources that stress the importance of clear communication to promote understanding - so people can make the right choices for their health. In order for us to become a more "health literate" community, we need to engage our constituents and hold our communicators to a very high standard - one in which we place a premium on clarity and accessibility."
Sandra E. Brooks, MD, MBA
System Vice President, Research and Prevention
Norton Cancer Institute