Health Literacy Research Conference (HLRC)​

HLRC Overview

What is Health Literacy?​

Health literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others. ​

How is the Mission Addressed?​

Speakers and panelists focus on topics across all aspects of well-being to improve attendees knowledge of comprehensive health literacy. The HLRC aims to engage students by presenting research conducted by fellow UCLA students to improve health literacy and awareness. Workshops will be available for students to increase their personal health literacy including a UC Student Health Insurance Policy presentation, a CPR/First Aid training, and a health equity discussion. The conference will be an opportunity for students to gain tools which they can apply to increasing health literacy beyond their time at UCLA.

How Can I Get Involved?​

You can sign up to attend the event as part of the audience and/or you can present your own research! For the latter make sure to submit your research abstract using the "Abstract Submission" link by 11:59 pm on February 19th, 2023.

What is the Conference and Its Mission?

The Health Literacy Research Conference (HLRC) is a student-led, health conference hosted on UCLA’s campus by the Undergraduate Students Association Council Student Wellness Commission. The objective of the HLRC is to increase UCLA’s undergraduate population's knowledge of personal health and the medical system. The emphasis on preventative health encompasses physical, mental, social, and planetary aspects of health to live well. 

When and Where is it Happening?

When: March 12th, 2023 from 9:30am-3:30pm PST (note: research presenters are required to stay the duration of the conference).

Where: Carnesale Commons; 251 Charles E. Young Drive West, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

HLRC Timeline

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HLRC's Keynote Speaker and Panelists​

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Chaitali Mukherjee

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Chaitali Mukherjee oversees The UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center. She has overall responsibility for the management and strategic direction of The Ashe Center such that it supports the development of all Bruin students in their health and wellness. Chaitali is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and has been a practicing clinician since 2006. She received a B.A. in Biology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York before earning a Doctor of Medicine at the University of Illinois as well as an M.P.H. in Health Policy Administration.

Tucker Avra


Tucker Avra is a fourth-year medical student at DGSOM and the Director of Harm Reduction Los Angeles (HRLA). HRLA is a coalition of undergraduate and medical students focused on improving health and healthcare for people who use substances through local and national advocacy efforts. He is applying into Psychiatry residency programs and plans to work in public psychiatry to advance health equity at the intersection of housing and substance use.

Dr. Maliha Khan


Dr. Maliha Khan (she/her/hers) is the LGBTQ+ Healthcare Fellow for 2022-2023. Her clinical interests include LGBTQ+ primary care, HIV care, adolescent medicine, gender affirming care, and behavioral health. She grew up in Vienna, Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. She received her Bachelor’s of Science from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. After completing undergraduate studies, she worked at the Food and Drug Administration as a research fellow, then went on to complete her medical degree at Texas Tech University. She completed her residency training in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills, CA.

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Dr. Deborah Glik


Deborah C. Glik, Sc.D. FAAHB, is a Full Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, and completed her doctorate in behavioral sciences and public health at Johns Hopkins University in 1985.  She taught at the University of South Carolina before joining UCLA in 1991. She specializes in the planning, and assessment and evaluation of public health education campaigns, material development and popular media projects.  She has over 35 years of experience in conducting research on health behavior change, health communications, formative research, health and media issues, and program

Dr. Mopelola Adeyemo


Dr. Mopelola Adeyemo is a Clinical Instructor within the Division of Clinical Nutrition at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Adeyemo obtained a Maters of Public Health with specialization in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Southern California. Dr. Adeyemo’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of obesity and related comorbidities including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, as well as addressing health disparities. Her primary areas of practice include treatment and prevention of diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity including related comorbidities.

HLRC's Sponsors

HLRC's Presenters