Fall Institute 2008: Health and Literacy: Constructing Curriculum for Health-Care Providers

About the Institute

The Centre for Literacy, Bow Valley College, and the Health and Learning Knowledge Centre (CCL) co-sponsored this three-day institute in Calgary on October 16-18, 2008. 

This Learning Institute set out to examine how to design health literacy curriculum for health care providers. We invited health care providers from every branch of health care service; curriculum developers in health care and adult basic education and literacy; ESL providers, administrators, policy makers and anyone with interest or expertise, to share promising practices and models, consider the challenges, and propose new directions for grounded health literacy curriculum for health care providers.

As interest built and individuals registered, community literacy providers wanted to broaden the focus to ask about curriculum for adult learners.  The program reflects that wider range of interests. 

We hope that presentations from the Institute will stimulate new thinking in many areas. Several discussions and projects have already been undertaken.




The Centre for Literacy is a charitable non-profit research, professional development and resource centre.Through publications and action-research projects, it bridges theory and practice to improve adult literacy practice and inform policy development. It provides opportunities for practitioners, researchers and policy-makers from across Canadaand abroad to meet and exchange as peers. The Centre has been a leader in health literacy since 1995. 


Bow Valley College is a learner-centered organization that provides programs and services that are accessible, affordable and always evolving to meet the needs of adult learners and community. With the Centre for Quality Caregiving and its community-based adult literacy projects, BVC continually develops and builds upon innovative curriculum design and delivery and applied research, particularly in health and adult literacy. 


Health and Learning Knowledge Centre of the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) serves as a national network linking expertise about the vital connections between the learning and health of Canadians. CCL is an independent, non-profit corporation that promotes and supports research to improve all aspects of learning—across the country and across all walks of life. The Health and Learning Knowledge Centre is a 17-member consortium led by the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. It has a national advisory committee with more than 30 members from Canada’s health and learning communities.



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