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2023 Community Engagement Institute Symposium

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  • 2023 Community Engagement Institute (CEI) Symposium: Building Health Literacy in Communities
    Tuesday, October 31, 2023 Ι  8am-3pm

    In support of National Health Literacy Month, join the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) Partner Network for the annual Community Engagement Institute (CEI) Symposium on Building Health Literacy in Communities. This year's event is in-person at the Hilton Birmingham Downtown at UAB. Addressing health literacy and ways that communities can work together to build momentum toward advancing health equity is our purpose.

    Learn the importance of using health literacy practices to meet the needs of your community and ways that organizations and the people they serve can work together. Join our interactive sessions with (1) speakers, (2) panelists and (3) community partners to share resources, raise awareness and provide education and insight to build health literacy for better health outcomes in our communities.

    The CEI Symposium is a collaboration of the CCTS Partner Network, the Center for the Study of Community Health, the Forge AHEAD Center and the communities we serve.

  • The Community Engagement Institute (CEI) Symposium will include interactive sessions focusing on health literacy practices to meet the needs of the community and ways that organizations and the people they serve can work together. Discussions of partnering to improve underserved communities will intersect health literacy, patient safety, and health & well-being. Symposium sessions will aim to empower attendees to transform information into actions for themselves, their families, and their communities to support improved health outcomes.

    Master of Ceremonies

    Kong MicheleSQUAREWilliam Barnes
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Birmingham Urban League, Inc


    Keynote Speakers

    Kong MicheleSQUAREPresentation Title: Engaging Community Health Workers to Promote Health Literacy and Achieve Health Equity” Catherine Haywood, Board Chairperson with the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network and Ashley Wennerstrom, PhD, Associate Professor, LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans

    Kong MicheleSQUAREPresentation Title: Charting a Course to Healthier Communities: Cahaba Medical Care's Journey in Elevating Health Literacy for Equitable Access and Enhanced Outcomes John B. Waits, MD, CPE, FAAFP CEO, Cahaba Medical Care Foundation Program Director and DIO, Cahaba-UAB Family Medicine Residency

    Panel Discussion

    "Using AI to Help Build Health Literacy"

    Kong MicheleSQUAREModerator - Sharlene D. Newman, PhD
    CEO, Executive Director, Alabama Life Research Institute,
    University of Alabama

    Kong MicheleSQUAREStephen Olufemi Sodeke, PhD; D. Bioethics
    Resident Bioethicist, Center for Biomedical Research
    Professor of Bioethics and Allied Health Sciences
    Tuskegee University

    Kong MicheleSQUAREJames J. Cimino, MD, FACMI, FACP, FNYAM, FAMIA, FIAHSI
    Distinguished Professor of Medicine | Director, Informatics Institute
    Heersink School of Medicine | The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    Kong MicheleSQUAREJake Chen, PhD
    Founding Director, Systems Pharmacology AI Research Center (SPARC)
    Chief Bioinformatics Officer of the Informatics Institute
    Professor of Genetics, Computer Science, and Biomedical Engineering, UAB


    Action Learning

    2022 Community Engagement Institute Symposium

    Does your research propose partnering with community members and you want to start off on the right foot? Do you want to improve relationships with your community members? Our next ACTion Learning event will explore some of the missteps that arise in initial encounters that could impact meaningful community transformation.

    ACTion Learning uses local actors to illustrate real-life scenarios, where you serve as the “director”, molding the scene as it goes. No role-play is involved, so you can feel free to experience the reactions and consequences in a stress-free learning environment. Theories and models become practical because they become personal.

  • For more information, contact:

    Clifford Kennon, CCTS Engagement of Communities
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