Health Numeracy for Better Health: Mathematics and Health Education Working Together

We are cordially inviting you to consider participating in a one-day conference “Health Numeracy for Better Health: Mathematics and Health Education Working Together” on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019, at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences in Toronto.

Although the conference venue is a mathematics institute, this is not a mathematics conference. We plan to mobilize mathematics education researchers and health care professionals to work together, on practical issues related to improving health numeracy education among health care professionals, patients, and their families. Our discussions will be guided by the existing literature on numeracy and adult numeracy, pedagogical experiences of mathematics educators, and experts working on health education, experiences of health care professionals, and those directly involved-with patients.         

Conference objectives:  

  1. Bring into focus numeracy as an evolving concept;
  2. Promote dialogue around numeracy in various healthcare contexts (home, hospitals, doctor’s offices, learning institutions); and
  3. Create a forum to discuss opportunities to improve health numeracy skills (patients, healthcare professionals and educators, clinicians). 

This conference is part of our Health Numeracy Project. For further details, please visit our web-site.

The conference information (including registration and schedule) have been posted on the conference web page

The conference attendance is limited to 120 participants, if you are interested, please register here; registration fee is $35). As well, we would appreciate if you could encourage your colleagues/ co-workers who might be interested to come.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Any questions? Please email Taras Gula tgula@georgebrown.ca

Yours truly,

Health Numeracy Conference Organizers:

Andrijana Burazin (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Taras Gula (George Brown College)

Miroslav Lovric (McMaster University)

Janet Papadakos (Cancer Health Literacy Research Centre)

Farrah Schwartz (Patient Education and Engagement, University Health Network)