International Health Literacy Reception (U.S.A.)

AHLA (based at the EDAH and I-Shou University) in southern Taiwan co-hosted the International Health Literacy Reception at Tufts University on 11 June 2019 as a warm welcome opening session for the 2019 Health Literacy Leadership Institute (HLLI) led by Professor Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi and Professor Peter Chang. Dr. Ru-Yi Huang from the Center for International Education (E-DA Hospital) also participated as one of the 2019 HLLI fellows.

This reception was attended by faculty, staff, and students coming from Boston, New York, Washington D.C., California, Montreal (Canada), China, and Taiwan.  Represented during the event were academic institutions, such as Harvard Kennedy School, Tufts School of Medicine, Tufts School of Public Health, Boston University, University of South Florida, University of Buffalo, Seamless Distribution Systems (, and government agencies (Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Washington D.C. & Boston).

Professor Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, Julia Mckinney, Rob Logan and Dr. Cliff Coleman opened the HLLI workshop with basic concepts of health literacy (HL). They offered the new viewpoints from 2020 Health People definition “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” During the HLLI courses, participants developed their own innovative projects on health literacy steps by steps with instructors. The topics covered ranged from HL curriculum reform, applying adult learning theory in health communication, research and evaluation of HL, and voices from advocates of maternal health. This year, the featured broadcast(直播) entitled, “Health Literacy and Human Rights”  was shared live on Facebook and open to all of the HLLI fellows for the first time. The lecture was given by AHLA President- Dr. Peter Chang, discussing the how to bring the newly-emerging interaction between health literacy and human rights from Taiwan context to the global agenda.

Prior to the 2019 HLLI and reception, Dr. Ruyi Huang, Professor Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi and Dr. Peter Chang visited Department of Health and Human services and Dirksen Senate Office Building together to deliver messages of the 1st Global Health Literacy Summit in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 2020.