Plain Talk in Complex Times: A Sneak Preview of our Fifth Health Literacy Conference

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February 26, 2015

The MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy will hold its fifth communication conference, Plain Talk in Complex Times, on March 12–13, 2015 at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel in Arlington, VA. Plain Talk brings together a unique audience of communication experts to share best practices and new ideas for engaging consumers.

The conference theme this year, Communicating in a Small World, will focus on how communication advancements continue to transform the creation, access, distribution and use of information, including how these advancements can make communication clearer and eliminate barriers.

The schedule is packed with speakers, panels and hands-on training featuring experts on communication technology, usability, accessibility, and digital and social media. You can view the agenda here. Plain Talk 2015 will feature more than 30 speakers from different organizations. Featured speakers include:

  • Susan Dentzer, MA
    Senior Policy Adviser to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
    Session: “Plain Talk” with U.S. Consumers and Patients About the Triple Aim
  • Josiah Fisk
    Founder and President of More Carrot LLC
    Session: What Were They Expecting?
  • Thomas LaVeist, PhD
    Professor in Health Policy and Director of the Hopkins Center for Health Disparities at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    Session: My Journey to Discover the Reasons for Race Disparities in Health
  • Sherri Loeb, BSN, RN
    Clinical Research Nurse at Advocate Health Care
    Session: “The Impossible Dream”: Safe, High-Quality, High-Reliability and Patient-Centered Care
  • Cindy Brach, MPP
    Senior Health Policy Researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
    Session: Becoming a Health Literate Organization

To learn more, visit the Plain Talk website.  You can also contact the conference planners at We hope to see you in March!