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A second year of funding from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), Project Officer - Robert Netty, with additional significant support from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Project Officer - Cindy Brach, has been secured.

HARC II will take place October 18–19, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency, Bethesda, MD. For more information please visit the HARC II website: http://www.bumc.bu.edu/healthliteracyconference/.

It will be an opportunity to advance the field of health literacy, a method to raise the quality of our research, and a venue for professional development.

Table of Contents

I.
Executive Summary

The HARC conference took place over 2 full days in October 2009 and highlighted areas of important research advancement as well as important lacunae in the field. A keynote address by David Baker, MD, MPH examined the role health literacy in patient education and a keynote address by Anne Beal, MD, MPH, focused on the role of health literacy in health disparities. There were four panels of invited speakers dealing with (1) measurement; (2) health literacy and verbal interactions; (3) health information technology interventions; and (4) organizational assessment and change. Current gaps in the research were examined by invited speakers and in breakout sessions relating to Public Health Approaches to Health Literacy, Health Disparities and Health Literacy, and Health Information Technology. An additional 62 posters and 12 oral abstracts were presented, making this clearly the most numerous Health Literacy research presentations in any single meeting to date. The meeting



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