2015 Health Promotion Conference. Health Literacy: Research, Policy & Practice | 18 June 2015
Keynote Speakers
  • Dr Rima Rudd, Public Health Harvard US

    Dr. Rima Rudd is a member of the faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her work focuses on health disparities and literacy related barriers to health information, health programs, services, and care. Dr. Rudd was a member of the original Institute of Medicine [IOM] Health Literacy Committee and has written and contributed to policy reports, white papers, and research studies in health literacy. She currently serves on the IOM Round Table on Health Literacy and is engaged in policy projects in the US and internationally. She is one of the founders of and a leader in the burgeoning field of health literacy studies. 

  • Dr Graham Kramer, Scotland – Scottish HL policy development

    Dr. Graham Kramer has been a GP at Annat Bank Practice, in Montrose, Tayside for the last 19 years. He has had a strong interest in the primary care management of people living with long term conditions and the challenge of delivering person-centred care and supporting self-management. In 2004 he had a sabbatical in New Zealand studying a postgraduate diploma in General Practice.

    Since 2011 he has been working part-time with Scottish Government, within the Person Centred Health and Care Team as National Clinical Lead for Self-management and Health Literacy. His work has been looking at ways healthcare and polices can support and enable people with long term conditions  to have more confidence, understanding, knowledge and skills to be in the driving seat of their health and care.

  • Ms Inez Bailey, Director NALA

    Ms Inez Bailey has been the Director of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) since 1997.  Her work is primarily with government departments and organizations with a role to play in supporting people with literacy and numeracy needs. She currently sits on the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs, Healthy Ireland Council and CORU and is Chair of the Southside Partnership and the Mounttown Neighbourhood Youth Project. She is a former member of the National Qualifications Authority, Citizens Information Board, Women’s Health Council, National Consumer Agency, Education Finance Board, and Information Society Commission.

  • Dr Geradine Doyle, School of Business, UCD

    Dr. Gerardine Doyle is a senior lecturer in the UCD College of Business and has served as Head of the Accountancy Department and academic director of the MBA (Health Services Management) at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. Gerardine’s research interest in health care combines her degree in pharmacology (UCD) with her qualification and experience as a chartered accountant with KPMG. Gerardine’s research interests span the disciplines of accounting, economics, medicine and sociology to include health literacy, patient level costing, the management of health care systems and connected health.


    Gerardine is the principal investigator for Ireland in the Diabetes Literacy study funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme and was Principal Investigator for Ireland in the European Health Literacy Survey (HLS-EU). Gerardine is also a collaborating investigator within the UCD research centre Applied Research in Connected Health. Gerardine has been chairperson of the judging panel for the Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards 2008- 2013, is a member of the Audit Committee of the Health Service Executive and is a board member of the European Institute of Advanced Studies in Management.


  • Dr Jo Protheroe, University of Keele, England.

    Dr Joanne Protheroe joined Keele University as a Senior Lecturer in General Practice in 2011 and continues to practice as a GP Principal in Manchester. Her research, influenced by her clinical practice as a GP in inner-city Manchester, is focussed on two NHS priorities - the needs of socio-economically disadvantaged patients and the need for interventions to improve patient self-management in long-term conditions. Research has shown that patients with low health literacy have difficulty in participating in their health care, resulting in poorer health. She is a national expert in the field of Health Literacy, regularly invited to present at conferences, membership of Scientific Committees of Health Literacy conferences in US and Europe and examination of students. She is Chair of the Health Literacy UK (
    www.healthliteracy.org.uk) group, organising and chairing regular UK seminars and National Conferences, liaising with NHS England and policy groups and working closely with Public Health Stoke to develop a Health Literacy Strategy and action plans. In this capacity she has been involved in disseminating health literacy research findings to a broad audience, including House of Commons; patient groups (Patient Information Forum, National Voices) and the media (BBC Breakfast interview; national and local press).


  • Mr Owen Metcalfe, Chief Executive of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland

Owen Metcalfe is Chief Executive of the Institute of Public Health in Ireland a position he has held since 2011.  Prior to being Director he was Associate Director from 1998 with responsibility for health promotion, youth, elderly and gender targeted programmes, health in all policies approaches, health impact assessment, communications, governance, finance and human resources.

Prior to joining the Institute Owen worked as Chief Health Promotion Advisor for the Department of Health and Children.  He has also worked as a teacher, trainer and counsellor.

He has a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion, a degree in Business Studies, a Higher Diploma in Education and a postgraduate counselling qualification.  He has been involved in health education and health promotion for twenty-five years and is widely conversant with public health and health promotion policy, planning and implementation at regional, national and international levels.   In 2009 he was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health UK.

In his current position Owen has a commitment to personal and organisational development for improving the effectiveness of public health.