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Register now: "ACH Coffee Conversations"

An interactive discussion series with The Academy of Communication in Healthcare

Monday, October 5, 2020

  • 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. 

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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 members are invited to apply for the opportunity to be a featured guest during the 2021 “ACH Coffee Conversations” series:

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