Texas Health Literacy Conference

October 12-16, 2020

100% Virtual!

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Registration is now closed for general sessions-

tune in to any session directly through the Watch Now page Oct. 12-16th!

Attendees for the NHMA and TDSR Health Forum may click Watch Now to register and participate through CrowdCast

Nominate a CHW or CHW Supervisor who is doing outstanding work in Texas.
Awardees will be recognized on Thursday, October 15, at HLCON 2020.

Know an outstanding CHW or CHW Supervisor?

Download Nomination Forms:
CHW Supervisor
Submission instructions included in each form. You can self-nominate or nominate multiple individuals.
Deadline to nominate extended through
Oct. 2, 2020!
Why attend HLCON2020
Here’s why you should attend

The Texas Health Literacy Conference is the top health literacy conference in the state. When you consider that only 12% of American adults are considered proficient in the health literacy skills they need to effectively navigate and use our health care system, you can understand that attending the conference is an excellent investment not only for improving the care of your patients, but also for your personal professional advancement.

Who should attend? 
- Healthcare Administrators
- Clinicians
- Social Workers
- Pharmacists
- Health Educators
- Nurses
- Community members interested in health literacy

- Business-Employee Health and Wellness Program Managers

- Benefits Coordinators

Exhibitor Information
The Health Collaborative is pleased to offer virtual Exhibitor tables to groups with products or services that may be of interest to our conference attendees. Virtual tables will take place after each presentation. Please email info@healthcollaborative.net for more information. 

Sponsorship Opportunities
As a nonprofit organization, the Health Collaborative relies in part upon its partners and friends to help support this important educational activity. Sponsorships are available at any level, and we are committed to work with you to tailor a package of considerations to meet your needs. Those interested in a conference sponsorship are encouraged to contact us at (210) 481-2573, or by email at info@healthcollaborative.net. THC is most grateful to its conference sponsors, whose support allows THC to keep tuition rates affordable for attendees and provide scholarships for new leaders in health literacy. 

What HLC Is All About
The 17th Annual Health Literacy Conference offers professionals and community members the opportunity to take part in education sessions, virtual peer networking and an important Health Forum presented by Texas Doctors for Social Responsibility.  With continuing education credit hours for social workers, pharmacists, registered nurses, community health workers, and Certified Health Education Specialists, the five-day event is a sound investment of personal and professional benefits.  Participants of the conference will discover new ideas that they can immediately implement in their offices and/or practices.
Conference Planning Team
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Jordan McIlveen, MPH, CPH

Community Data and Informatics Manager

The Health Collaborative

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Dr. Jaime Estrada, MD

Executive Director,

Texas Doctors for Social Responsibility

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About the Health Literacy Collaborative
The Health Literacy Collaborative, formally named San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative (SAHLI) was established in 2005. It is a comprehensive program that aims to increase health literacy awareness and efficacy through strategically addressing primary gaps in health literacy today by:
  1. Providing local and relevant information as to what health literacy means and how it applies to daily life activities and health awareness

  2. Modifying provider practices to ensure proper and effective patient-health provider communication histories

  3. Instituting cultural change towards health literacy through empowering patients and health providers to participate in a more health literate society.

  4. The individuals found to be at most risk for poor health literacy include the economically poor, elderly, those who did not speak English before starting school, those with limited education, and those with physical or mental disabilities. These individuals are frequently members of ethnic and/or cultural groups, incarcerated, homeless and often have limited access to health care.

Description of the Health Literacy Collaborative:

The Health Literacy Collaborative, is a program of The Health Collaborative and is a resource based on the collective efforts of multiple community partners. The Health Literacy Collaborative is a group of volunteers from community-based organizations, healthcare settings, local colleges, and universities. It's efforts are to act as a county-wide expert roundtable in health literacy by bringing together representatives from various entities, both public and private, to share their experiences and possible solutions addressing low health literacy in San Antonio. 


For more information or to get involved, contact us at info@healthcollaborative.net or (210) 481-2573.

Community Collaborators
Charles L. Kight (Founder)
Virginia Mika, PhD, University Health System (Co-Founder)
Oralia Bazaldua, PharmD., UT Health Long School of Medicine
Jacque Burandt, Award Winning Results LLC
Charlene Doria Ortiz, Ryan White HIV Program- Retired​
Mary Kate Martin, UT Health School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus
Melanie Stone MEd- UT Health  Community Service Learning
Pegeen A. Seger MA, MLIS, AHIP- UT Health Libraries
Elisabeth De la Rosa, Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science
Charlene Doria Ortiz, Community Member
Oralia Bazaldua, PharmD., UT Health Long School of Medicine
Christine Yanas, Methodist Healthcare Ministries Of South Texas Inc
Rafael Maldonado University Health System
Martha Castilla, Community Health Worker
Guadalupe Cornejo, NW Vista College
Presenting Sponsors
Supporting Sponsors
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