Register Today for the National Extension Priester Health Conference!

by Patsy Ezell

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January 25, 2012

Join friends, colleagues, and more as we gather at the 2012 Priester National Extension Health Conference! This year's big event is jointly sponsored by University of Maryland Extension, University of Maryland School of Public Health, the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, and NIFA.  Make your plans now to join with us for this special  opportunity to collaborate and network while ultimately focusing on improving the health of our Nation! Below are just a few of the highlights of the upcoming conference:

Keynotes include:

  • Cindy Brach, Senior Health Policy Researcher at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She conducts and oversees research on health literacy, cultural and linguistic competence, chronic care, and Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Cindy is a national leader in health literacy.  She’ll speak to the use of the Universal Precautions Health Literacy Toolkit ( and the National Action Plan To Improve Health Literacy (
  • Lynn Quincy, Senior Health Policy Analyst, Consumers Union.  Lynn will address the work Consumer’s Union does to help consumers  make informed decisions.  She’s specifically explain the challenges consumers are facing in making health insurance decisions and the need for educators to take on the challenge of health insurance literacy. Check out her latest report:

Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

  • Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation:
  • Be among the participants who will spend half a day at the Kaiser Family Foundation exploring the work of the Foundation,  Consumers Union and  NIH.  Information about the Kaiser Family Foundation is located at:

Meet Government Agency Representatives:

  • Interact with government agency representatives to explore funding, programming and educational materials.

Learn, Share and Explore:

  • Gather information, educational materials and contacts as you explore exhibits.
  • Learn from peers about their successful educational programs that you can replicate or modify for your situation.


  • Network with participants to explore how they conduct educational programs with local, state or national partners.

Meet with members of the Creating Healthy Communities Community of Practice:

  • Meet with representatives of eXtension’s Creating Healthy Communities Community of Practice
  • Experience the Technology:
  • Experience use  of electronic feedback in your programming

Enjoy Washington DC!

  • Spend a little time enjoying the museums, monuments, sites and food of Washington’s government center and multi-ethnic neighborhoods.

Register now to attend the 2012 Priester Conference at this link!


For more information, contact: Patsy Ezell