Enhancing the Health of Rural Maryland: Testing Multiple Nutrition Education Delivery Methods

Principal Investigator: Dr. Virginia Brown, UMD Extension  
Sponsor:  Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund/Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund
Term:  9/04/18 - 6/30/19

Dr. Cynthia Baur serves as a consultant on clear communication criteria for health messages. The project is revising and testing multiple delivery options to Maryland residents for a healthy eating with diabetes educational program.  

HealthyMe/MiSalud Smartphone Application: Identifying Mechanisms to Engage African Americans and Hispanics in Personal Health Libraries

Principal Investigator: Dr. Cynthia Baur
Sponsor: National Library of Medicine, NIH, R01LM013039-01
Term: 9/18/18 - 5/31/22

The purpose of this project is to refine and evaluate a smartphone application with personal health goals, personal and family health histories, disease prevention and health promotion and other primary and secondary prevention information resources. The intended users are adult African Americans and Latinos with limited health literacy, including limited health information seeking. 

Making Numbers Meaningful: Promoting Evidence-based Communication of Numbers in Health

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jessica S. Ancker, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York-Presbyterian  
Sponsor: National Library of Medicine, NIH, R01LM012964 
Term: 9/01/18 - 8/31/22

Dr. Cynthia Baur serves as an Expert Panel member for this project to collect and integrate current evidence on communicating numbers to patients (including risks, laboratory results, medication instructions, and other numbers) and create and evaluate a web-based resource to guide developers and writers of patient education materials. 

Perinatal and Oral Health Survey of Maryland

Principal Investigator: Dr. Alice Horowitz
Sponsor: STMD-Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Term: 8/1/15 - 7/31/19

The purpose of this project is to reduce the prevalence of oral disease in both pregnant women and infants through education and improved access to oral health care. Oral health is an essential component of promoting and maintaining overall health during pregnancy and throughout life. To accomplish this we will conduct surveys with pregnant women to determine the barriers and facilitators of getting medical and dental care during pregnancy. In addition, we will determine the opinions of relevant health care providers to gain their views regarding similar barriers and facilitators. Ultimately, we will develop a model that can be used in Maryland and beyond that helps ensure pregnant women get dental care prior to delivery and their children remain caries free.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Ernest Carter, Prince George’s County, Maryland Health Department 
Sponsor: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Term: 9/01/18 - 8/31/23

The Center for Health Literacy is a sub-contractor on this multi-county program to build a primary care network and community of practice for chronic care patients in Southern Maryland, with a focus on those patients who use a high level of healthcare services. The chronic disease conditions are diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.