Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi, MEd


Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Director Health Literacy Leadership Institute


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.3833


M.Ed.               Boston University School of Education
M.A.                 Muhlenberg College

Research and Practice:

Integrating health literacy and cultural competency into public health workforce development training to eliminate health disparities.

Creating audience-centered health communication using plain language principles for public health and clinical practice.

Working with hospitals and health centers to implement the 10 attributes of a health literate organization to improve healthcare and health outcomes.

Applying adult learning theory for public health practice and developing health literacy curricula for adult education and English speakers of other languages programs.

Exploring health literacy in a global context and growing the International Health Literacy Asssociation

Select Publications:

Kurtz-Rossi S, Rikard RV, and McKinney J. Learning from the Field and Its Listserv: Issues that Concern Health Literacy Practitioners. Information Services & Use. 2017;37: 291-234.

Kurtz-Rossi S, & Logan R. Why We Need a Health Literacy Association, Institute of Medicine (IOM) Health Literacy Roundtable, February 2015

Abrams MA, Kurtz-Rossi S, Riffenburgh A, Savage B. Building Health Literate Organizations: A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change. Des Moines, IA: UnityPoint Health; 2014.

Kurtz-Rossi S, Valier C, and Smith G. Staying Healthy for Beginners: An English Learner’s Guide to Health Care and Healthy Living. Orlando, FL: Florida Literacy Coalition; 2014.

Kurtz-Rossi S, Duguay P. Health information literacy outreach: Improving health literacy and access to reliable health information in rural Oxford County Maine. JCHI. 2010;14:325-340.