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Facts or Fakes? Promoting Health Literacy Skills with Your Students

Facts or Fakes? Promoting Health Literacy Skills with Your Students


Rapidly evolving evidence and changing guidance, as well as rampant and politicized misinformation and disinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic pose challenges for health literacy, including mental health literacy. It is unknown how many students are familiar with these concepts nor how many campus personnel, including college health professionals and mental health providers, are familiar with current techniques and strategies for teaching students about digital health literacy. 

Series Format

This series contains five live webinars to be presented monthly from January-May 2023. See below for the agenda. Recordings of the webinars will be released 3-5 business days following the live broadcast for viewing on-demand. The enduring recordings will expire on January 1, 2025.

Attendance at/viewing of prior session(s) in the Facts or Fakes Series is helpful but not required.

For details about each presentation, including learning objectives and how to earn CE credit/contact hours, select the CONTENT tab above then select a presentation title.

Continuing Education Credit

CE credit/contact hours will be awarded session-by-session. Please see the CONTENT tab above, select a session title, then view its CE Credit & Disclosures tab for details on the available credit/contact hours, steps for successful completion, and deadlines. If you attend a webinar live, you can expect the deadline to request CE credit to be two weeks following the live broadcast.

How to Register

There is no cost to attend. Registration for the series gains you access all five sessions, both the live webinar and the on-demand recording.

Click the green Register button at top right. For login and additional instructions, visit the REGISTRATION and FAQs tab above.

Already Registered?

You'll access the live webinars, recordings, evaluation surveys, and post-tests for CE credit/contact hours from the CONTENT tab above. Once logged in, select a session and view its Content tab. There you will see several components, the first one will be where you will "Join" the live broadcasts or "View" the archived recording. For more, see "How to Access Sessions" on the REGISTRATION AND FAQs tab above.


The schedule of live webinars is below. 

Note: The times below are in Eastern Standard time. When you login and go to a session's Content tab, the time next to the link to Join the live webinars will convert to your local time.

Date/TimeSession TitleSpeakers
January 10, 2023
12:00–1:00 pm ET
Health Literacy 101Jennifer Dillaha, Director of the Arkansas Department of Health and the State Health Officer for Arkansas and member of the National Academies Roundtable on Health Literacy
February 21, 2023
12:00–1:00 pm ET
Digital Wellbeing and Mental Health: Helping Me is Helping WeJoseph T. Yun, PhD, Artificial Intelligence Architect, Office of the CIO, Research Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Affiliate, Pitt Cyber and The Collaboratory Against Hate University of Pittsburgh
March 7, 2023
12:00–1:00 pm ET
Debunking Fake News
Joel Breakstone, Ph.D., Director, Stanford History Education Group

Jevin West, PhD, Associate Professor, Co-founder, Center for an Informed Public, Information School, University of Washington
April 18, 2023
12:00–1:00 pm ET
Confronting Misinformation in our Circles of InfluenceClaire Wardle, PHD, Brown University School of Public Health and Co-Director, Information Futures Lab  
May 9, 2023
12:00-1:00 pm ET
Managing the Health Infodemic: Getting StartedChris Voegeli, PhD, MPH, Behavioral Scientist and Acting Vaccine Confidence and Demand Lead, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Immunization Services Division, CDC 

Tina Purnat, Team Lead for Infodemic Management in the Unit for High Impact Events Preparedness, Department of Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention, WHO
  • Recorded On: 01/10/2023

    This presentation will define key terms, provide field-based examples and discuss the intersection of health literacy and health equity.

  • Recorded On: 02/21/2023

    This presentation will examine the intersection of student social media use and student feelings of distress as well as offer strategies for more critically consuming social media and for mitigating potential distress when doing so.

  • Recorded On: 03/07/2023

    This presentation will offer a model for evaluating health-related social media content for veracity, offer case studies of examples of using the model to debunk fake news, and identify terms such as misinformation and disinformation.

  • Recorded On: 04/18/2023

    This presentation will offer guidance from the Surgeon General's toolkit on confronting health-related online misinformation among peers and family. Five strategies will be discussed with examples and participants will plan how to use at least one strategy with students and campus communicators.

  • Recorded On: 05/09/2023

    This presentation will define the health infodemic, offer examples and guide participants in identifying a relevant health infodemic topic among a sub-group of their students and a plan for how to address it.

How to Register

  1. Please see “What is my username/password?” in the FAQs below.
  2. Click the green “Register” button at the top-right of this screen and login if you are not already. 
  3. You'll be immediately registered and receive a confirmation email from

How to Access Sessions

To access either the live broadcasts or the recordings that will be posted afterwards...

  1. Return to this page by using the link in your registration confirmation email, bookmarking this page, OR by logging in to the ACHA Education Center home and clicking on My Dashboard in the right-hand sidebar.
  2. Make sure you are logged in using the username/password associated with the email where you received your registration confirmation. See "What is my username/password?" below to retrieve passwords, if needed.
  3. Click on the Contents tab on this page to reveal the list of sessions in this series.
  4. Select a session, then click the session's Contents tab.
  5. The first component on that tab is the session component that will show a "Join" button prior to the live broadcast or a "View" button once recording is posted. See FAQs if you don't see the Contents tab or its components.
    • IMPORTANT: See "What do I need to know about time zones on this site?" in the FAQs below. On live broadcast day, you will not have access to Join until 5 minutes before the session start time. If you don't see the Join button and it is within 5 minutes of start time, refresh your browser.
    • Upon clicking Join, Zoom will launch and place you in a waiting room until hosts begin the session.

For Assistance



What is my username/password?

Use the same username and password that you use to login to the main website.

  • If you have forgotten your username or password, or are an ACHA individual member and have never logged in before, click the “Login” button in the Education Center until directed to the ACHA main website login screen. Use the “Forgot username” then “forgot password” links and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • If you are not an ACHA individual member and have never created an account at before, click the Login or Register button in the Education Center until directed to the ACHA main website login screen. Click "Create a new non-member account" to create just a login OR click "Become a member" to join ACHA. Note, you may be able to become a member for FREE if your institution is an ACHA member.

What if I don't see the Contents tab or it's components?

You will not see the Contents tab or it's components if you are not registered or are not yet logged in with the credentials associated with your registration.

  • See "What is my username/password?" above to double-check your login credentials for the email address where you received your registration confirmation email.
  • Contact for assistance if the above does not work. Your email address may be associated with multiple records in our database.

How do I access copies of slides or other handouts?

Access each session via the instructions above. Look for the “Handouts” tab on the session's page. The “Handouts” tab may not be viewable until just prior to the start of the event as materials are still being finalized.

How do I obtain continuing education credit/contact hours?

Access each session via the instructions above. Look for the "CE Credit and Disclosures" tab on the session's page. Here you'll find details on the type of credit/contact hours available for that session and instructions on how to successfully complete the required components, which include:

  • View/attend the session in its entirety.
  • Complete an attestation of attendance.
  • Pass a post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Note: Certificates will be issued for each individual session, not for the full series.

What are the deadlines to request CE credit/contact hours?

For attendance at LIVE webinars, see the individual session's CE Credit and Disclosures tab. You can expect the deadline to be about two weeks following the live webinar.

For viewing the recorded webinars: January 1, 2025

What do I need to know about time zones on this site?

The static agendas and other publicized schedules give session times in Eastern Daylight Time. However, when you reach each session's component where you will "Join" live broadcasts, the platform will automatically convert session start times to your local time zone, based on your actual location when you log in. If the time zone you are seeing is not correct, please go to Your Profile/Settings in this Education Center site (see the small arrow next to your name in the login box) and change the time zone setting to your current location.

What accessibility options are available?

  • For navigating this Education Center site: Assistive technology software, called eSSENTIAL Accessibility, is available for free download here.
  • When participating in live broadcasts: The Zoom platform will have the ability for users to turn on bot-generated closed captioning and/or a live transcript.
  • When viewing the recordings after the live broadcasts: Youtube-generated closed-captioning will be available.

What are the system requirements?

A good internet connection and the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge browser is recommended.

All presentations will launch in Zoom, so you will need to allow the Zoom app to run on your device. To test joining a Zoom session, visit

Possible site behavior issues with Internet Explorer, a VPN or Remote Desktop connection

Use of Internet Explorer, VPN, or Remote Desktop program may cause unexpected behavior, such as blocking tab contents from loading. The solution is to switch to a recommended browser. If you are using are using a recommended browser, but are using a VPN or Remote Desktop program, disconnect those and try again.