Laurie MyersCo-Chair, Director | Kenilworth, New Jersey
Laurie Myers, M.B.A., has led health literacy strategy for the company since 2011. She focuses on the integration of health literacy externally and across divisions globally, driven by evidence-based best practices. She leads the company’s health literacy efforts in support of improved patient communications, including medication labeling, packaging, clinical trial materials, lay summaries, and patient education. Laurie has worked to include respondents with low health literacy into patient labeling research, which earned her and her team the IHA research award in May, 2016. She served as co-chair of the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Harvard & Brigham and Women’s aggregate return of results group and as an invited member of the EMA lay summaries working group, where she helped to influence final EU guidance to reflect principles of health literacy, numeracy, and readability.
She presents often externally, including at clinical trial, regulatory and patient engagement conferences. She did a plenary session at the 2017 Asia Health Literacy Conference. She was an invited speaker by the FDA at a 2017 labeling conference, with an international audience of over 2000 people. She recently presented an oral abstract on lay summaries and participated on a symposium on health literacy and adherence at the ICCH/HARC meeting. She has worked with other Roundtable members to author two perspectives. She co-authored a feature article in Quirks, a marketing research journal, and co-authored a foreword to the Journal of Health Communication. A peer-reviewed paper on user testing of lay summaries has been accepted for publication. She has worked in various roles at Merck for 19 years, and before that in leadership roles serving people with significant developmental disabilities. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a BA in Psychology, and earned her MBA in Healthcare Management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.