Keynote Speakers

Christina Zarcadoolas, PhD

Health Literacy 3.0

speakerChristina Zarcadoolas is a sociolinguist and internationally recognized expert in health literacy and public understanding of health and science. She focuses on analyzing and closing the gaps between expert & lay knowledge and understanding, paying particular attention to how people make meaning out of complex things. The New England Journal of Medicine called her critically acclaimed book, Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action, “required reading” for public health communication professionals.

Chris is a Professor at City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health and prior to that she was at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and had a long tenure on the faculty at Brown University Center for Environmental Studies. She is the Founder and Director of the New York Roundtable on Public Health Literacy.

She recently launched which is an ever-expanding free library of communication and design lessons for health and safety communicators.

Robert C. Like, M.D., M.S.

Dr.LikeRobert C. Like, M.D., M.S. is Professor and Director of the Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Like received his MD degree from Harvard Medical School in 1979, and completed his residency and MS degree fellowship training in family medicine from Case Western Reserve University in 1984. He is a practicing family physician with a background in medical anthropology, and has carried out fieldwork in the Azores Islands, Portugal; Beersheva, Israel; Zuni, New Mexico; and the Kingdom of Tonga in Western Polynesia.

Dr. Like has served as a member of the DHHS Office of Minority Health’s CLAS Standards National Project Advisory Committee, the OMH Regional Health Equity Council for Region II, co-chair of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine’s Group on Multicultural Health Care and Education, Medical Society of New Jersey representative to the AMA/NMA/NHMA Commission to End Health Care Disparities, and on numerous national expert panels, committees, and task forces. He is also a member of the AHA Equity of Care National Advisory Committee, a W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association (NMA) Health Institute Senior Fellow, and currently serves as Chair of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence.

Dr. Like was the principal investigator of an Aetna Foundation-funded study entitled, “Assessing the Impact of Cultural Competency Training Using Participatory Quality Improvement Methods.” He previously served as director of the HRSA-funded NRSA Primary Care-Health Services Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in the Department of Family Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has also consulted to the European Union’s Migrant-Friendly Hospitals initiative and is a member of the WHO Health Promoting Hospital’s Task Force on Migrant Friendly Culturally Competent Health Care.

Dr. Like is nationally known for his work in the area of cultural competency and health professions education. He has received a variety of awards including the 2004 Distinguished Service in the Health Field Award from the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, the 2004 and 2007 Pfizer-American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation Visiting Professorships in Family Medicine, and is a member of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Stuart D. Cook, M.D. Master Educators’ Guild. He is actively involved in developing and directing undergraduate, residency, and continuing medical education programs, and provides training and technical assistance relating to the delivery of patient-centered, culturally responsive care to diverse populations.

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Teresa L. Knott, AHIP
President Elect Medical Library Association (MLA), 2015-2016


Renae Barger
Executive Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine/Middle Atlantic Region (MAR)