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. These 60-minute live sessions will begin with a 30-minute casual interview with a featured guest. For the final 30 minutes, all participants will be placed in breakout groups for interactive discussion.

  • ATTEND: Free registration: Live 60-minute sessions occurring twice monthly. The inaugural series is free and open to all guests. Register today to reserve your seat for each session. Space is limited.  
  • LEARN: Featured guest interviews: Each session begins with an interview of the featured guest expert. Please refer to the upcoming guest list and topics.  
  • CONNECT: Live discussion groups: Connect for informal breakout conversations with colleagues from around the world. Breakout groups (4 -6 participants) occur for final 35 minutes of each session and feature prompts to enhance rich discussion relevant to the featured guest interview. 
  • EXPAND: Invite colleagues to join: Forward the invitation to peers, then share the featured guest interview recording post-session.  

Register today through the sign up links below to attend the inaugural series highlighting communication topics of interest to the ACH community of educators, researchers, and healthcare leaders dedicated to supporting patient, family, and clinician experiences.


Thursday, October 8, 2020, 11:00-12:00 AM ET
"Race and Relationships in Healthcare: Fostering Trust and Empowerment"
Featured Guest: Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH, University of California, San Francisco

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 11:00-12:00 AM ET
“Online Communication Skills Training: Enabling Meaningful Virtual Learning” 
Featured Guest: Krista Hirschmann, PhD, ACH VP of External Education

Wednesday, November 4, 11:00 AM ET
“Patient Voice: Strengthening Healthcare Teams by Engaging Patients”
Featured Guest: Kirsten Isgro, PhD, State University of New York

Wednesday, November 18, 11:00 AM ET
“Activating Students: Developing Early Commitments to Communication and Relationships in Healthcare” 
Featured Guest: Daniella Cordero, Medical Student, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine

Thursday, December 3, 11:00 AM ET
“Research Trends in Health Communication: Looking Back and Projecting Forward” 
Featured Guest: Christopher J. Koenig, PhD, San Francisco State University, ACH VP of Research

Thursday, December 17, 11:00 AM ET 
“Advancing the Field: Research and Education to Improve Communication and Patient-Clinician Experience” 
Featured Guest: Judy Chang, MD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh, ACH 2021 President Elect

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 the 2021 “ACH Coffee Conversations” series. Please complete the application below.
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