Directors of the Centers of Prevention Research, Health Literacy, and Health Equity with Dean Gold.

Directors of the Centers of Prevention Research, Health Literacy, and Health Equity with School of Public Health former Dean Bob Gold.

University of Maryland – Center for Health Equity (CHE) The CHE is a designated TIER 3: Campus-wide Research Initiative Program. They are responsible for providing support for the development of broad, multidisciplinary research initiatives that will position the university to become a national leader in elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. Their mission is 1)to establish and sustain a community engaged research enterprise on critical health disparities, 2) to raise the visibility of racial and ethnic health disparities and promising solutions with Marylanders, and 3) to facilitate action for change in the structural determinants of health in Maryland.

University of Maryland – Prevention Research Center (PRC) The PRC aims to reduce health disparities in Maryland along the national capital border, specifically targeted for community health improvement. The PRC facilitates research to develop models of disease prevention and health promotion through Community Based Participatory Research. This research conducted by faculty in partnership with community stakeholders during all phases of the research, from research conception to findings dissemination.

Tools/Toolkits 

Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers Minorities have long been underrepresented in medical research. This restricts medical professions from understanding how research findings affect these populations and prevent culturally specific issues from being addressed. This tool, created by the UMD Center for Health Equity, has resources for both researchers and community members to help include minorities in medical research and clinical trials.

Scientific Publications

National Center for Education Statistics 2003 National Assessments of Adult Literacy. Findings include that the majority of adults had intermediate health literacy, about one-fifth of adults had basic health literacy, and just fewer than fifteen percent had below basic health literacy.

CDC Health Communication Science Digest (HCSD) The HCSD series is designed to enhance awareness of emerging health communication and marketing scientific knowledge by providing you easy access to recently published articles and reports with particular relevance for the public health communication community.

Reports

The National Prevention Strategy The National Prevention Strategy is a comprehensive plan that will help increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

General

Prince Georges County Health Department The Mission of the PG County Health Department is to: Protect the public’s health, assure availability of and access to quality health care services, and promote individual and community responsibility for the prevention of disease, injury and disability.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention The CDC Health Literacy page provides information and tools to improve health literacy and overall public health.

Health Literacy Blog: Bridging the health literacy gap The CDC health literacy blog provides the newest information in the health literacy field.

Oral Health Literacy Panel from Priester Conference 2012 This presentation discusses the importance of oral health and water fluoridation.