Children's Mercy Kansas City (CM) will be hosting an immersive, interprofessional workshop on April 18-19, 2018, designed to educate participants on health literacy, improve the delivery of health information to healthcare consumers, and foster collaborative opportunities.

Day One of the 2-day workshop is open to the Kansas City community, with over 25 healthcare, literacy, public health, public library and other related organizations invited to send representatives to join Children's Mercy personnel. Dr. Ruth Parker of Emory University will be the keynote speaker, accompanied by local speakers on literacy in the Kansas City context, the social determinants of health, and the impact of cultural, religious, language, numeracy and digital access factors. Additionally, large and small group activities will provide attendees with opportunities to meet and interact with each other.

Day Two is designed to engage CM employees for whom the application of health literacy practices in patient care is a vital responsibility. These include quality care coordinators, unit and allied health educators, library staff, and Health Literacy and Patient Education Committee members among others. Their additional training will be supplemented by interactive, hands-on practice sessions and brainstorming exercises intended to develop and initiate internal hospital-supported health literacy pilot projects. Hospital employees involved in conducting these projects will be encouraged to reach back out to the previous day's external participants to create community-wide health literacy initiatives.

Registration Information

Day One, held at Helzberg Auditorium in the Kansas City Public Library Central Branch, is open to the entire Kansas City community including both Missouri and Kansas public and consumer health specialists, but seating is limited. A $25 registration fee for non-CM attendees includes the full day of events and activities, lunch, and parking in the KCPL main garage. Register online at: by April 12, 2018.

Day Two is limited to Children's Mercy employees who may register for both days at no cost, but must register for each day separately. Day Two will be held in the Professional Office Building Conference Room (3rd floor). Register online at by April 12, 2018.

Sponsored by Children's Mercy Library Services and Health Literacy Committee with funding from the National Networks of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Schedule for Wednesday, April 18
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