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Tufts University School of Medicine

Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Health Communication

Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi

Sabrina Kurtz-Rossi

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Health Communication

Phone ​617-636-3833
Campus: Boston

Education

  • ​M.Ed., Boston University School of Education
  • M.A., Muhlenberg College

Research interests

Behavioral Science and Health Communication

Research synopsis

  • Integrating health literacy and cultural humility training into global health workforce development to eliminate health disparities
  • Creating audience-centered health communication using plain language principles to enhanced understanding and facilitate action 
  • Working with hospitals and health centers to implement the 10 attributes of a health literate organization to improve health communication and healthcare quality 
  • Applying adult learning theory to public health practice, online instructional design, and teaching with technology  

Publications

Brugge D, Tracy M, Thayer K, Thayer A, Figueroa N, Kurtz-Rossi S. Developing fact sheets to communicate the risks of traffic pollution to urban Puerto Rican adults. Environmental Justice.  2018;11(1):40-46. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/env.2017.0008

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. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/317635824_Learning_from_the_Fie...

Kurtz-Rossi S and RA Logan. Why We Need a Health Literacy Association. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC; 2015. https://nam.edu/perspectives-2015-why-we-need-a-health-literacy-associat...

Abrams MA, Kurtz-Rossi S, Riffenburgh A, Savage B. 2014. Building Health Literate Organizations: A Guidebook to Achieving Organizational Change. UnityPoint Health. Des Moines, IA; 2014.
http://www.unitypoint.org/filesimages/literacy/health%20literacy%20guide...
 
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.
https://lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/StayingHealthyTeacherGuide2014.pdf 

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.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15397734.2010.524089