8:00 – 8:25

Health Literacy and Mental Health

Presenter – Michael Villaire, MSLM

8:30 – 9:15

Latinx Immigrant Mental Health in the United States: How the Past Affects the Present

Keynote Speaker – Oscar Fernando Rojas Perez, Ph.D.

Disparities in mental health are more evident than ever, especially among the Latinx immigrant community. In response to the burden of mental health concerns experienced by the Latinx immigrant community, this talk will focus on historical events and sociopolitical factors that contribute to Latinx immigrant mental health disparities.

9:20 – 10:05

Technology Applications in Rural Communities

Speaker – Col. (R) Wanda Wright

We will discuss the purpose, technology and implementation of a new initiative from The Arizona Department of Veterans' Services. The department, along with a non-profit organization, will expand Arizona's tribal population's access to telehealth, Veteran's benefits, and mental health services, by providing internet connectivity and equipment. Veterans living on reservations may have inherent difficulty accessing healthcare and benefits due to their rural proximity to services and transportation barriers. This project will allow them to access these benefits and services either in or near their home.

10:05 – 10:15


10:15 - 11:45

Panel: What's impacting LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health?

Aaron L. Taliaferro, M.Ed.

Kado Stewart

Nate Rhoton

Bianca Chadez


LGBTQIA+ youth are more likely than other youth to experience mental health challenges. Studies show both internal and external factors can equally contribute to the state of our mental health. In this panel, licensed clinicians will share current contributors and common diagnoses for LGBTQIA+ youth they serve. As we know, combating mental health is a community effort. That is why the LGBTQIA+ youth non-profit one*n*ten is actively involved from grassroots efforts to challenge discriminatory legislation to providing everyday necessities to ensure overall safety and well-being for as many young people as possible. We will hear from one*n*ten on their history, evolution and current contributions to creating safe spaces and providing resources.

11:45 – 12:15


12:15 – 1:15

Panel: Health Literacy Best Practices

The Language of Health: An Editorial Style Guide to Effectively Communicate to the Public

Speaker – Noelle Veilleux Markham, RDN

We cannot deny the power of language. Through words, we share our feelings, emotions, and thoughts. Through language, we convey meaning. This meaning may be subtle, but its power is not. We can affect others. We can create change. This presentation will introduce the audience to The Language of Health: An Editorial Style Guide to Effectively Communicate to the Public. Participants will learn key takeaways to guide developing nutrition and health messages that are accurate, persuasive, and consistent.

Health Care Education Association Patient Education Guidelines


Carolyn Cutilli PhD RN NPD-BC

Sarah Christensen, MA

This presentation will review the development of the Health Care Education Association Patient Education Guidelines. The first part of the process was to set-up a patient education frame work for the guidelines (assessment, planning, Implementation and evaluation). Next, HCEA received a health literacy grant from the Middle Atlantic Region of the Network of National Libraries of Medicine for the literature search. Following the search, 10,000 article titles and abstracts were reviewed to understand the studies/evidence, application to guidelines and level of evidence The strategies used in the guidelines will be reviewed including application in clinical setting.

1:20 – 2:00

The Health Literacy Needs of People Diagnosed with Mental illness

Speaker – Beckie Child

While a large body of research exists about health literacy, the body of literature about health literacy and people diagnosed with mental illness remains quite small. Very few studies actually talk to people about health literacy unless they are designing a new instrument to measure health literacy and how they make medical decisions regardless of what their health literacy level is. Even fewer studies talk to people diagnosed with mental illness. This study addresses this gap by talking with middle-aged adults about how they make informed medical decisions in both mental and physical healthcare. Participants make recommendations for healthcare providers in both mental health/addiction and physical healthcare.

2:05 – 2:45

Prescriptions and Accessible Prescription Labels

Speaker – Sharla Glass, M.A.

Safe medication management and improved outcomes start with knowing what prescriptions one has and how to take them. If a patient can not read the prescription label information they must rely on memory, brief counter counseling or another person helping them to manage medications which often leads to information gaps, postponed doses and taking medications incorrectly. Accessible prescription labels often take the form of large print, Braille or audible RFID tag and translated labels come in a printed dual language or audible tag.

Two states have passed laws and two other states' Board of Pharmacy are in the process of creating rules to require pharmacies to offer accessible and translated prescription labels.  What this means for Arizonians is that most national mail order facilities are offering these services and major retail chains know about these solutions and are becoming more responsive to providing these free ADA and Civil Rights accommodations.

2:45 – 3:20

Basic Self-Care: How to Begin

Speaker – Dr. Amy Jelliffe

This will be an experiential and educational presentation covering the very basics of self-care routines and health promotional topics such as breathing techniques, the power of movement, essentials of sleep and nutrition.



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