Sue Stableford is the founder and director of the Health Literacy Institute at the University of New England in Portland, Maine.
The Institute is best known for the national Summer Institute, the premier learning opportunity in plain language health communication for over 20 years.
Sue delivers the same high-quality training year-round to public health and health care organizations in Maine and across the country.
Sue’s work also includes:
- Consulting on program, curriculum, and materials development
- Writing, editing, and audience-testing plain language communications
- Teaching and presenting in and beyond academia
- Participating in research and projects related to patient decision-making, health care quality, and health informatics
- Writing and reviewing articles for peer-reviewed journals
- Participating in national forums
Sue’s recent projects include:
- Leading a 5-year, HRSA-funded health literacy initiative to build and sustain health literacy teams in 3 health delivery organizations and for faculty from 5 Maine colleges. This project is sponsored by the UNE-Maine Geriatric Education Center.
- Planning curriculum and delivering a professional development course in effective health communication for the Maine CDC
- Training professionals at 3 national cancer centers in clear communication and consulting with a Research Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications
- Providing health literacy/trainings at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for over 10 years
- Providing health literacy/plain language training, consulting, and materials development for Maine’s largest tertiary care system
- Participating as the plain language writer with a University of Miami, Florida research team to develop a decision aid about cancer clinical trials, targeted to minority populations under-represented in cancer research