Join the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare in Baltimore, October 8-11, 2017, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott for a joint meeting of ICCH and HARC! Mark your calendars to attend this interdisciplinary and international research and educational event.

Connect with like-minded professionals who share your passion at the largest gathering of health communications researchers, educators and administrators from around the globe. There is no better way to improve your performance in healthcare communication and patient outcomes.

Welcome Message from the 2017 ICCH/HARC Co-Chairs

Michael Paasche-Orlow, MPH, MD Debra Roter, DrPH

In Baltimore we celebrate our native sons and daughters from Francis Scott Key and Harriet Tubman to Edger Alan Poe and Billie Holiday -- Gertrude Stein and Johns Hopkins to John Waters and Frank Zappa. We are the home of our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, and Baltimoreans take special pleasure in singing it out with gusto at Orioles games while looking over the Baltimore Harbor and enjoying the best crab cakes ever – anywhere!

We are proud to host the combined meeting of the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare – ICCH and the Health Literacy Annual Research Conference -- HARC. We have assembled an outstanding line-up of keynote speakers for our conference, bringing unique perspectives on our common commitment to quality communication and health equity in the delivery of effective and responsive care. We have also planned a fantastic schedule of oral and poster presentations, workshops and symposia, as well as “Meet the Professor/Leader,” “Pairing with Colleagues,” and Special Interest Group sessions.

We hope many of you will be able to join us at the National Aquarium Dinner on Tuesday night. This is a top rated fantastic facility: we will have access to the entire aquarium before dinner and then it’s our private party in the Marine Mammal Pavilion – us, the dolphins and the jelly fish! And, as Baltimore is home to a vibrant art, poetry and music scene, we are very pleased to have Mohamed Tall, Baltimore's current Youth Poet Laureate, perform for us.

We are extremely happy that you have joined us. There are deep connections between health communications, health literacy, and social justice. We can advance these agendas here together at ICCH/HARC 2017. 

Enjoy our conference and Welcome to Baltimore!

Michael Paasche-Orlow, MPH, MD and Debra Roter, DrPH           

Key Dates

September 8, 2017
11:59 p.m. EDT
Hotel group rate reservations close
September 27, 2017
11:59 p.m. EDT
Online registration closes
September 29, 2017
Deadline for purchasing National Aquarium dinner tickets  
Who should attend?
Researchers, educators and clinicians interested in improving communication in healthcare:

  • Academic faculty leaders conducting research on communication in healthcare
  • Medical educators from a range of health professions:
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Plus several other interprofessional fields
  • Patient Experience professionals engaged in communication improvement
  • Healthcare administrators guiding topics related to communication
Keynote Speakers

Pål Gulbrandsen, MD, PhD
University of Oslo

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD
National Institute on Minority Health and Disparities

Marianne Schmid Mast, PhD
University of Lausanne

Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH
Johns Hopkins University

Click here to learn more about each keynote speaker! 
Hear what past attendees have to say about ICCH!

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