AHLA Announcement [Jan 1, 2023]Dear Members of the Asian Health Literacy Association, advisors, country office representatives, and friends,
I like to take this opportunity to send my best wishes for a successful and healthy new year 2023.
The AHLA has successfully organized eight international conferences since 2013. In the 7th AHLA in Thu Duc City in Vietnam, we did not expect the Covid-19 would have hit all of us so seriously. Since the Covid-19 in early 2020, we were Unable to organize the AHLA Conference in Edah Hospital in 2020, and almost missed the First Global Health Literacy Summit in 2021. With all of your support, the AHLA finally could rejoin for the 8th AHLA in Oct. 2022. Now we agree to the proposal by Thailand Khon Kaen University to organize the 9th AHLA in May of 2023. I like to share the conference information for your attention https://www.ahla-asia.org/news_detail/172.htm .
As one of the founders, the 1st Secretary General from 2014 to 2019, and the former president of the AHLA , I am pleased to have the new AHLA president by Prof. Angela Leung, and the vice president Dr. Duong Van Tuyen, also the president-elect, vice president Dr. Wongsa Laohasiriwong, and vice president Dr. Ruyi Huang to lead the AHLA from 2023 to the end of 2024. I believe the AHLA, under their new leadership, will demonstrate new visions, directions, actions, and achievements. I am pleased to stay as the honorary president of the AHLA to support the AHLA, and also to continue my commitments to promote global health literacy research and practices.
I look forward to working with you, to see you in the coming 9thAHLA in Thailand, for the 10th Anniversary of the AHLA , and to meet you in person in other occasions very soon in the future.
Prof. Peter Chang
Past and honorary president
Asian Health Literacy Association Jan 1, 2023.
AHLA Conference Summary and Plan for SuccessAHLA Conference Summary and Plan for Success
Report by Allegra Kurtz-Rossi
27 December 2019
The following is a brief summary of the 7th International Health Literacy Conference organized by the Asian Health Literacy Association ( AHLA ) and includes suggestions to help AHLA fusture plan for succ .
The 7th International Health Literacy Conference took place 10 - 12 November 2019 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The theme of this year's conference was “Health Literacy in Smart Universal Healthcare.” It was a great success to have Thu Duc Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam host and organize the conference. Participants came from around the world to discuss and explore current research and trends in health literacy. By creating this annual platform for people from all over the world to come together and share their work and ideas, the Asian Health Literacy Association (AHLA) gives participants the tools they need to improve health literacy in their countries and communities.
The conference opened with a Vietnamese cultural performance followed by opening remarks by Prof. Tran Thi Trung Chien, Dr. Nguyen Minh Quan, Prof. Peter Chen, Dr. Kristine Sorensen, Prof. Stephan Van de Brouke, and Dr. Yuan-Kun Tu . The scientific program on the first day of the conference included over 60 health literacy papers by researchers from more than 20 countries. Topics included health literacy and aging, health literacy in media and health literacy and non-communicable diseases are as name of just . AHLA is proud to be an international organization where students, professors, and medical professionals come together to learn from one another.
Research and practice topics covered on day two included health literacy in health promotion, integrated care in hospitals, translational research in maternal child health, and initiatives on WHO M-POL and beyond. The conference concluded with an International Health Literacy (IHLA) Open Forum and invitation for participants to join IHLA interest groups and the first Global Health Literacy Summit 26 - 28 October 2020 in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan hosted by E-DA Healthcare Group | I-Shou University.
The conference ran smoothly and was very well received by participants . The following suggestions to help AHLA plan for success at future conferences are based on my personal experience as a conference participant and conference staff person and are meant to help conference organizers plan for success at future AHLA conferences.
- I was asked to conduct interviews of researchers at the conference. I worked with the event camera crew to do this. They were professional and very helpful. One challenge was their availability, since they were also recording and taking pictures for the conference. I would suggest in the future to have a quiet room dedicated for these interviews. Also, recording the interviews in front of a nice background such as a poster promoting the conference could help frame the shots. Having a designated time period to do all the interviews would also be helpful. Another suggestion is to have guests read from note cards during the interview. This would help people who get nervous in front of the camera. People also had trouble looking at and talking directly to the camera. Having note cards to glance at, possibly held up next to the camera, would help them look at the camera. I believe talking directly to the camera is best for the quality of the video clips.
- The International Health Literacy Association had a booth at the event where there was a sign-up sheet for their emailing list. Some people left their names on the sheet along with contact information. I believe with a more concerted effort to collect contact information we could get many more people to sign up. Perhaps when people register for the conference, they could also sign up to receive information from IHLA.
- I believe the open forum went well. Having it at the end of the conference as a plenary was excellent to get the most people. I would suggest having a designated note taker for such forums. Many people spoke and had suggestions and it would be helpful if they were recorded and followed up on.
- Having someone write like a reporter about all the major events that took place at the conference is a good idea. I did a bit of this as one of my assignments. Each write up also included photos. This approach worked well. I was able to take notes at some of these events and the mini article or blog posts developed can be used in many ways like on the website, in newsletters, or for social media. The text is short and to the point and the photos complement and capture the event visually. Some of the major events included the press conference, opening event, keynote speakers, even events like the city tour provided content for communication related activities.
- A highlight of the conference was the venue and local foods served during the day. The break times were needed and really appreciated. Conference attendees are there to work as well as experience the local culture. The opening ceremony was well done and a real highlight, as was the city tour which gave participants an opportunity to see the local area and get to know each other. This was all coordinated by the local secretariat. The local host did a great job of coordinating the event. Having a well-organized secretariat for the conference is important. How well the venue is going to run depends on the host. They organized registration which went smoothly and is very important to participants. They organized the venue, the food, even bathroom signs where helpful. They decided on what rooms everyone would be in, the catering, and all the registration activities. They did an excellent job and could perhaps write up what they did to give guidance to the next conference coordinators.
The First Announcement of 5th AHLA International Health Literacy Conference: Health Literacy and Population HealthHelming the 5th annually held event, the pre-conference workshops and 2-day conference will be held at the Research Management & Innovation Complex, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The conference anticipates a number of 250 participants from around the world especially from countries of northern America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. There will be a number of distinguished international and local invited speakers at the conference.
This coming 12th – 14th November 2017 will see the 5th AHLA International Health Literacy Conference on Health Literacy and Population Health organized by the University of Malaya through the Center for Population Health (CePH) together with the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and the Asian Health Literacy Association (AHLA). The conference will serve as a platform not only for those with interest in issues related to public health but also to exchange knowledge and share experiences about health literacy related to population health through interactive talks and from experts whilst providing networking and collaborative opportunities.
So, be ready for the coming 5th AHLA this year!
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5th AHLA 2017
The 16th IHA Health Literacy Conference will start from May 3-5, Irvine, CAThe 16th IHA Health Literacy Conference will start from May 3-5, Irvine, CA
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