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April 15, 2014

Health literacy summit May 8 in OKC

A health literacy summit will be held May 8 in Oklahoma City in conjunction with Oklahoma Public Health Association Conference.

Marisa New, director of health equity and resource opportunities for Oklahoma State Department of Health, said this year’s summit is the second time Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign has sponsored a health literacy summit at the OPHA conference.

“It’s geared more toward the health and medical provider,” New said.

Health literacy is a strong determinant of health for people, communities, and nations, New said.

“During the summit, participants will discuss and develop practical ways to improve the health status of Oklahomans through the tool of health literacy,” said Pamela Williams, spokeswoman for OSDH.

“This year’s keynote speaker is a researcher and internationally recognized expert in health literacy, Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D. Pleasant is senior director for health literacy and research at Canyon Ranch Institute.”

Canyon Ranch Institute is a nonprofit located in Tucson, Ariz.

Williams said Pleasant’s interactive presentation will focus on “Health Literacy: A Powerful Tool for Prevention and Partnership.”  

The health literacy summit will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman. To register for the Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit and Oklahoma Public Health Association Conference, go online to

When registering, mark the box to indicate attendance at the Oklahoma Health Literacy Summit.

For information, call (405) 271-9444, ext. 56410.

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