The San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative (SAHLI) was established in 2005 with the goal of improving and promoting initiatives that increase the health literacy of our most vulnerable residents, the economically poor, older adults, residents with limited education, youth, and residents who are homeless, and those with limited access to health care.  The SAHLI membership is open to anyone who is interested in helping increase individuals’health literacy, and to health care institutions that accept the challenge of meeting the Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations presented by the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine.

Health Equity is defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as everyone’s opportunity to be as healthy as possible.  Health disparities, on the other hand, are differences in health outcomes and their causes among groups of people.

Health Literacy is defined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 2010, Title V, as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.  The CDC adds that organizational health literacy is what the organization and professionals do to help people:




Decide on health information and services


The theme of this year’s conference “Promoting Health Equity through Health Literacy”is an opportunity for educators, healthcare providers, and community partners to discuss how various health literacy efforts in different settings and with different populations have the potential to reduce and eliminate health disparities. The map below estimates the significant needs in health literacy for Texas.


Health Literacy Data Map

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


National Health Literacy Mapping to Inform Health Care Policy (2014). Health Literacy Data Map. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved May 16, 2018, from

Research and Programs Topic Options: The conference planning committee is seeking a broad array of presentations that address health literacy and its relationship to health equity.   Academic research as well as frontline community programs will be considered. Some topics to explore include:

  • Social Determinants of Health relationship/interaction with health literacy

  • Social Media-What role does it play?

  • Organizational commitment to health literacy

  • Policy development and the promotion of health literacy

  • Community engagement and health literacy

  • Health literacy data/measuring outcomes

  • Financial benefits/Cost benefit analysis of health literacy programs

  • Or other related topics

  • Session Types

    All breakout sessions will be 60 minutes in length and will include time for questionsand answers.All submissions will be evaluated on:(1) quality and originality; (2) application to health services, policy, or community programming; (3) timeliness; (4) clarity of writing; (5) relevance to conference theme; and (6) uniqueness.  An outline of learning objectives for some presentations may be requested.


    • Single Presenter Breakout Session: Presentations should address timely and relevant information related to the conference theme “Promoting Health Equity through Health Literacy”.  Each presenter will direct the session at their discretion based on the learning objectives outlined in the presenter’s application.

    • Multi-Speaker Breakout Session: Presentation should include 2-3 speakers each with a different subject matter expertise. The session will be organized and chaired by a single moderator.  Speaker time should be shared equally.

    • Poster Presentation:A poster presentation summarizes research or a community program to generate discussion and interaction with the author(s).  The poster should include text, graphs, pictures, and tables.

    • Lightning Talk - “5 Minutes” Presentations:Different speakers each introduce a project or program very quickly.  The purpose is to share information about health literacy topics from several speakers.

    • Hands-on-Training Workshops: Program content should provide attendees with practical solutions and tangible action items for implementation that address health literacy and health equity. 


    The target audience of the Texas Health Literacy Conference includes: academics/researchers, local and state government leaders and policy makers, health care professionals (clinical and administrative) and health care education institutions and students

    Presenter Instructions

    Complete the abstract form. Incomplete forms will not be reviewed. Each abstract submitted must identify the type of session the author is requesting and identify first and second choice for his or her preferred session type selection.

    Session Types

                            ____Single presentation

                            ____Multi-speaker presentation

                             ____Poster presentation

                            ____Lightning talk

                            ____Hands-on-Training workshop



    Format for research abstracts

    • Background

      • ProblemStatement

      • Purpose Statement

    • Methodology

    • Results

    • Summary



    Format for community project abstracts

    • Recommendations for Future Projects/Next Steps

    • Findings

    • Purpose

      • Goals/Objectives

      • Target Population

    • Description



    Speaker Benefits

    All speakers selected to present will receive the following benefits:

    • Early Bird registration fee

    • Promotion of your name and credentials on the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative (SAHLI) website and conference program

    • Cash awards will be presented to one research and one community poster presentation

    Important Dates

    Call for presenters, posters, Hands-on-Training workshop, and lightning talks closes: Friday August 3, 2018


    Notification of presenters’ acceptance with further instructions:


    Wednesday August 15, 2018


    Presentation content due: Friday September 14, 2018


    Early Bird registration: September 15 $135


    Regular registration: $179




    If you have questions, please contact Elizabeth Lutz at

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