Conference attendees view 42 research posters from faculty, students and community organizations.

2010 Annual Conference

Title: Health Literacy: Communicating with Underserved Populations
Date: March 3, 2010
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, Connally Banquet Hall | 2110 San Jacinto Blvd.

About the Conference

Dear Colleague

We are pleased to invite you to Health Literacy: Communicating with Underserved Populations, a research conference sponsored by the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations (CHPR) at The University of  Texas at Austin School of Nursing. The CHPR was established in 1999 through funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Nursing Research (P30NR005051).  Increasing health literacy and communicating effectively in and with underserved populations through interdisciplinary and collaborative research in health promotion and disease prevention is a central aim of CHPR. We are pleased to partner with the UT Austin Population Research Center, Center for Social Work Research, and the School of Social Work, and with the Seton Family of Hospitals, and Sigma Theta Tau’s Epsilon Theta chapter to disseminate important new information on eliminating health disparities.

The conference will feature a keynote presentation by noted researcher Michael Wolf, PhD, MPH (Northwestern University), a closing address by Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas) and the work of 10 other distinguished researchers. Please take a moment to review this brochure and register to join this important dialogue on promoting the health of underserved populations on March 3, 2010.

Conference Registration - Deadline is Feb. 17

2010 CHPR Registration Form (PDF Format)

2010 CHPR Registration Form (Word Format)


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michael S. Wolf is Associate Professor of Medicine and Learning Sciences and Associate Division Chief of General Internal Medicine within the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He is a social scientist, health services researcher, and an internationally recognized expert in health literacy and adult learning. His current research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and The California Endowment, among other private foundations. He has published or has in press more than 90 research articles on health literacy. Dr. Wolf will provide a state of the science overview on the field of health literacy research from epidemiology to intervention.

Closing Speaker: Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, currently serves as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for BlueCross and BlueShield of Texas (BCBSTX). Prior to joining BCBSTX, he was Director of the UT School of Public Health Institute for Health Policy.  He served as Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004 to 2006 and the Texas Department of Health from 2001 to 2004.  Dr. Sanchez recently chaired the IOM Committee on Local Government Actions to Prevent Childhood Obesity and is currently Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Conference Schedule

2010 conference schedule listing the event time and program details
Time Program
8:00 - 8:30 Continental Breakfast & Conference Check-in
8:30 - 8:45 Welcome & Introductions
Lorraine Walker, EdD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Associate Director, CHPR

Alexa K. Stuifbergen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean Ad Interim, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
8:45 – 9:45 Keynote: Health literacy: Increasing patient understanding and compliance
Michael Wolf, PhD, MD, MPH
Northwestern University
For pdf of slides contact: Assistant Laurie Hedlund
 9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:30 SESSION 1: Design and Methodology
Moderator: Lynn Rew, EdD, RN, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

Designing interventions to reach populations with low health literacy: Diabetes care in US-Mexico border communities as an exemplar (PDF)
Sharon Brown, PhD, RN, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

Message design for low health literate audiences: Folic acid promotion and beyond (PDF)
Michael Mackert, PhD
Department of Advertising, College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin

Cognitive interviewing: A method to improve instrument development
Heather Becker, PhD
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

STAT (Straight Talk Always Triumphs) communication
Patricia Yacovone
Texas Department of State Health Services
11:30 - 1:00 Poster Session & Lunch (provided)
1:00 - 2:30 SESSION 2: Focus on Populations Moderator: Eun-Ok Im, PhD, MPH, CNS, RN, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing Health literacy among persons with visual impairment
Tracie Harrison, PhD, RN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

Recreational or health-enhancing?: Genomic health literacy potential in adolescents (PDF )
Lynn Rew, EdD, RN, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

Executive function, memory and health literacy of older adults
Graham J. McDougall, Jr., PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:35 SESSION 3: Focus on Media
Moderator: Lorraine Walker, EdD, MPH, RN, FAAN
The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing

Representation of the HPV vaccine by the media and pharmaceutical companies: The need for complementary education
Jasmin Tiro, PhD, MPH
UT Southwestern Medical Center
For pdf of slides contact: Assistant Sandra Blankenship

Health literacy in children’s books in South Africa: Implications for South Texas
James V. Hoffman, PhD
Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin
3:35 – 3:50 William Sage, MD, JD
Vice Provost for Health Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
3:50 – 4:20 Closing Remarks: Health literacy: There is more to it than meets the eye
Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
4:20 - 4:30 Evaluation

Download 2010 CHPR Program (PDF).

Call for Poster Presentations

Abstract Deadline: Abstract Deadline Extended to January 29, 2010!
Download the Poster Presentation Abstract Template (Word) .

Poster Presentations are invited on topics addressing ANY aspect of health disparities and health promotion research in underserved populations. Original and previously presented posters at refereed regional/national conferences will be considered.  Graduate students are encouraged to submit posters. Posters may report work in progress (including conceptual and theoretical work). If space is limited,  preference will be given to posters with relevance to health literacy. Scholarly presentations consistent with CHPR’s mission will be selected, and first author notified by email by February 1, 2010. Please provide an email address that you will be checking in the Spring semester.

Poster Presenters must Register for Conference
Requirements for submission are as follow:


  • Format: One page, single spaced, Times 11-pt, 1” margins, 500 words maximum (Download & Use Poster Abstract Template - Word Format)
  • Organization: Purpose; Methods; Findings; Conclusions
  • Cover Letter: Request to submit, author(s) name, credentials, affiliation, address, phone, email, where previously presented (if appropriate) and a permission to publish statement as follows:
    • If selected, I agree to present a poster at the CHPR Conference on March 28, 2012. I give permission for the abstract and a photo of the poster to be used for distribution in all forms of media [print, electronic, website, video].
  • First Author: First author can be selected only once; first author will be contact person


  • Format: Maximum size to fit a poster board of 4’ x 8’; tacks will be provided
  • Handouts are optional and must be provided by the author (25 copies suggested)


Questions? Call us at (512) 471–9910 or email us at

If you have questions about the conference or need assistance registering, please contact the St. David's CHPR office at 512-471-9910 or