Pre-Summit Sessions

Monday, April 3, 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.
(Additional Fee: $60)

Jann Keenan, Strategic Partner - Health Literacy, Institute of Healthcare Advancement; President, the Keenan Group and
Michelle Tregear, Project Director, AFYA, Inc. 

The SHARE APPROACH is a five-step process for shared decision-making that includes exploring and comparing the benefits, harms, and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what matters most to the patient. This workshop previously was available only in Washington, D.C., but for your convenience is being offered at the Summit in a four-hour shortened form. For more detailed information, go to the AHRQ website.

 Health Literacy Starter Kit:  Basic Information and Resources for the Newcomer  
Monday, April 3, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
(Included in Summit registration fee-no additional charge)

Paul D. Smith, MD, Medical Advisor, Wisconsin Health Literacy, and Professor, University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Whether you're new to the field, want to brush up on the latest information and resources or just ask a few questions, this session is for you.  Dr. Smith will start with a review of basic concepts for literacy and health literacy as they relate to health and healthcare including suggestions for learning more about health literacy.  He will also review a variety of easily available useful resources, lead a discussion of some of the current issues and controversies in the field and where to find some of Madison's finest restaurants.  With plenty of time for questions, this session is a great way to kick off the conference.

About Our Presenter:
Paul D. Smith, MD is a Professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and has been a family physician for 32 years. He serves as a medical advisor to Wisconsin Health Literacy. Dr. Smith joined the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health faculty in 1995.  He continues to do patient care one day per week and spends the rest of his time with a variety of service and research activities.  He has served as a volunteer on the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Literacy for 11 years and served as the chair of its Health Literacy Committee. Dr. Smith received the 2008 Wisconsin Literacy Advocate of the Year award and 2009 Sally Sunde Family Advocate Award for his literacy work.  He has led six health literacy projects and is currently working on a project to develop educational workshops for family caregivers of seniors to improve communication with their healthcare professionals.  He is also leading a project about shared-decision making for patients and doctors related to the treatment of post- menopausal symptoms.