Coffee Conversations: An Interactive Discussion Series with ACH

The Academy of Communication in Healthcare is excited to host, “ACH Coffee Conversations”, an interactive discussion series. This free engagement opportunity will highlight specific healthcare communication-related topics, with an aim of building the ACH community through interactive virtual gatherings. 

LEARN: 25-minute featured guest interview: Please refer to the upcoming guest list and topics below.

CONNECT: 35-minute breakout group discussions: Connect for informal breakout conversations with colleagues from around the world. Breakout groups (4-6 participants) occur and feature prompts to enhance rich discussion relevant to the featured guest interview.

FREE REGISTRATION: Click the links below to sign up for sessions highlighting communication topics of interest to the ACH community of educators, researchers, and healthcare leaders dedicated to supporting patient, family, and clinician experiences.

FEATURED GUEST APPLICATION: ACH members are invited to apply for the opportunity to be a featured guest during an "ACH Coffee Conversations" series. Please complete the application at the bottom of this page.


(held on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 11:00 AM ET)

Thursday, January 14, 11:00 AM ET
"Leveraging Online Patient Education to Enhance Communication"
Featured Guest: Geri Lynn Baumblatt, Chief Engagement Officer, Docola, Co-founder, Difference Collaborative Alliance
Thursday, January 28, 11:00 AM ET
"Reviewing the History of Doctor Vs Patient Centered Communication"
Featured Guest: Robert C. Smith, MD, MS, University Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry Emeritus, Michigan State University, Founder of Smith's Patient-centered Interviewing Model of Communication
Thursday, February 11, 11:00 AM ET
"Minimizing Fear in the Patient-Family Experience"
Featured Guest: Mindy Spigel, RN, MSN, CPXP, Consultant and Coach
Thursday, February 25, 11:00 AM ET
"Adopting Virtual Relational Meetings to Enhance Teams"
Featured Guest: Carole Warde, MD, Senior Consultant, Relationship Centered Health Care, Emeritus Health Sciences Clinical Professor (Pending), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Thursday, March 11, 11:00 AM ET
"Establishing Academic Expertise in Healthcare Communication"
Featured Guest: Traci Kazmerski, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
Thursday, March 25, 11:00 AM ET
"Facilitating Virtual Communication Skills Education for Medical Trainees"

Featured Guest: Taranjeet K. Ahuja, DO, Assistant Professor of Science Education & Pediatrics, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Post-session recordings will be available to ACH members via ACH Connect. Interested in becoming an ACH member? To join our community, click here.

ACH Coffee Conversations: Featured Guest Application
  • ACH Coffee Conversations: Featured Guest Application

    ACH members are invited to apply for the opportunity to be a featured guest during a “ACH Coffee Conversations” series. Please complete the application below.
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