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Health Literacy Forum

"Language, Literacy & Immigrant Health Care: Opportunities for Partnership"

Friday, June 1, 2007
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
SF State Downtown Campus, Westfield Center - 6th Floor

Presented by

SFSU College of Humanities, College of Health & Human Services, SF State Center for Health
Disparities Research & Training, Institute for Civic & Community Engagement,
UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, UCSF/CTSI Community Engagement Program,
California Pacific Medical Center

A full day event to:

* Discuss the role of language and literacy in the health context, and the barriers that
immigrants with limited English proficiency and/or low literacy face.
* Showcase local partnerships in education, research, and clinical practice that aim to address language, literacy,
and health outcomes for immigrant groups
*Promote networking and partnerships among participants
*Identify action steps for change in the Bay Area


On behalf of the CIRCLE Forum planning committee, we would like to thank you for your participation our first annual Health Literacy Forum. 

We had a fabulous turn-out with over 120 participants, representing adult ESL programs, various health facilities and community-based organizations serving immigrant/refugee communities throughout the Bay Area, public health departments, and faculty and staff from a wide-range of local universities.

In the next few weeks, we will be updating the Forum website with media footage and session proceedings.  We will also be organizing some follow-up meetings with participants who expressed interest in collaborating with SF State faculty and adult ESL programs in the Bay Area.  As a Forum participant, you likely have some ideas of your own for building on the momentum that was generated at the Forum.  If so, we would love to hear your ideas and suggestions.  Please email us: Maricel G. Santos ( or Jess Coifman (

On behalf of all the Forum organizers, thank you again for your time, commitment, and enthusiasm.

We look forward to future collaborations!

Please see the Post-Forum proceedings section for more information about the event