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Tuesday, November 27 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
C-23 - Guidance to Health Literacy: Is it safe for you to eat this ice cream?

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In this workshop, we will describe an approach to addressing health literacy needs in our Ryan White Part C Clinic. After a discussion of need, we intend to present our methodology for health literacy screening in this population, including selection of a tool for measurement. We will then present and summarize the results of our measurements. We will discuss strategies which may be employed to address health literacy as found through review of the literature. We have selected “Teach Back” as the intervention which we have used with individuals found to have low health literacy scores; and we will explain our selection of this method as well as discuss our results thus far.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how low health literacy impacts a patient encounter.
  • Participants will learn of current tools available to screen and measure individual health literacy.
  • Participants will learn about evidence-based strategies to employ with individuals who have low health literacy scores.


Amy Davis

St. Mary's Family Medicine
Dr. Davis is a family physician who has been the medical director of the Western Slope Collaborative HIV Part C clinic for 12 years. She also works at the VA in Grand Junction with emphasis on HIV and Hepatitis C. She has long been an advocate for integrated, team based and patient... Read More →


Amelia Davis

Ameila is a pre-med student at the University of Denver who has volunteered at the Western Colorado HIV Speicalty Care Clinic. Ameila spent a great deal of time compiling research and strategies around health literacy and interventions for patients with low health literacy scores... Read More →

Lucy Graham

St. Mary's Family Medicine
Lucy Graham, RN MPH - Lucy has 12 years of service as a Part C Program Manager with extensive work with the community, including patient and accross continuum of care. Lucy has been a key participate in overseeing the implementation and measurement of CQI goals and projects in the... Read More →

Alicia Gutierrez

St. Mary's Family Medicine
Alicia Gutierrez is the SBIRT Health Educator for the Western Colorado HIV Specialty Care Clinic (Part C) for over 3 years. Alicia assists in CQI projects and has a great interest in working with underserved populations.

Julie LeBaron

St. Mary's Family Medicine
Julie LeBaron, RN - Julie has been part of the Western Colorado HIV Specialty Care Clinic (Part C) for a year and a half. Julie works as the clinic RN and interim program coordinator.

Tuesday November 27, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST

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