The following seminar events, resources, and projects have been produced by or in association with the Maryland Family Policy Impact Seminar between 2009 and 2014.  For seminar actions that occurred prior to 2009, please visit the Maryland Policy Resources page.

Family & Health Policy Research Briefs -- November 2014

Graduate students in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health wrote a collection of research briefs on a variety of topics related to family and health policy, on both the national and local levels.

Presidential Election Guide on Family Issues -- October 2012

For a detailed description of this family issues voting guide for the upcoming presidential election, please view the 2012 guide here.

Report Findings from Health Reform Forum -- September 2012

Participants at a 2010 Rural Maryland Health Reform Forum completed a brief assessment.  A six-month follow-up survey was conducted to measure the participants’ intent of action regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as the basis for future education. Findings from the Forum imply that health education is key to successful implementation of the ACA. Multiple organizations will likely need to collaborate to build a model for imparting the needed, accurate and understandable information to empower individuals, families and communities to make wise health decisions.  Health literacy, and particularly their health insurance literacy, should be considered as a priority to assure that people understand and can act knowledgeably. This forum and data collection can serve as a model for one approach.

Legislative Guide -- December 2010

In an effort to inform the public about the impacts of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act on families, family policy doctoral students in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health compiled this family health impact analysis guide. It presents an objective, non-partisan collection of information regarding the implications of the health care law's provision on families.

Health Reform, Rural Communities and You – December 2010 

The webinar was held on December 14th from 10AM (ET) to 2:00 PM (ET) as part of the Family Impact Seminar.  It was produced with a USDA Rural Health and Safety Grant in partnership with the School of Public Health Center for Health Literacy; University of Maryland Extension; the Maryland Rural Health Association and the Rural Maryland Council.  For a report with website access go to: Maryland Health Reform Forum with URLs

Health Reform:  Provisions for Family and Community Decisions -- June 2010

The webinar was held on June 17th from 11AM (ET) to 12:30 PM (ET). Access the webinar at  http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/p13503868/http://connect.extension....

The webinar was sponsored by the nationwide eXtension Financial Security for All Community of Practice to help educational professionals respond knowledgeably to the Patient Protection and Affordability Act of 2010 known as heath care or health reform.

Understanding the new law requires health and financial literacy skills. Participants should come away from the webinar with:

  • A better understanding of the complex and controversial legislation.
  • Ideas for educating families and communities.
  • Tools to analyze the legislation
  • The basics to teach with understanding about provisions for decisions

In preparation, Dr. Braun suggests you retrieve a copy of the “6-I” Policy Analysis Tool and that you read an article she and colleagues had published in the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences entitled, “Family Health & Financial Literacy:  Forging the Connection” 101(3), 51-56.

Bonnie Braun, Ph.D., will lead this interactive webinar on personal, family and community economic and financial implications of health care reform. Dr. Braun is the Endowed Chair and Director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  She holds an Extension Family Policy Specialist with the University of Maryland Extension in the Department of Family Science. She co-chairs the Maryland Family Impact Seminar.

Family Influence on Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Rural, Low-Income, Preschool Children: A Preliminary Investigation of Factors Associated with Obesity -- March 2009

Children raised in families with low incomes and educational levels are at-risk of food insecurity and inadequate dietary intake, particularly consumption of fruits and vegetables which is often associated with increased risk of obesity. Family Influence on Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Among Rural, Low-Income Preschool Children: A Preliminary Investigation of Factors Associated with Obesity focused on the influence of both mothers and grandmothers on the food intake of young children—a phenomena not extensively found in nutrition literature yet called for at the April, 2008 NIH Conference on Decision Making in Eating Behavior: Interacting Perspectives from the Individual, Family, and Environment.  For more information about this UMCP Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension (MAES-MCE)-funded research project, please view the:

Plain Language Brown Bag Series offered through the Center for Health Literacy -- March 2009

In an effort to inform producers of policy messages and materials, the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy at the University of Maryland School of Public Health presented a brown bag series on plain language.  Plain language, the use of clear and straightforward expression, contributes significantly to health literacy by facilitating the ease with which individuals can find what they need, understand what they find, and act appropriately on that understanding. 

The speaker series offered at the Center for Health Literacy addressed the importance of applying plain language to publicly proposed materials.  Presentations were given by Joanne Locke, a previous plain language advisor, and Annetta Cheek, Chair of the Board at the Center for Plain Language.  These presentations are available through the Center for Health Literacy’s website:

Plain Language: Improving How We Communicate – Joanne Locke

Principles of Plain Language – Annetta Cheek

The Telehealth Roundtable -- February 2009

In February, 2009, the Rural Maryland Council and the State Office of Rural Health hosted a follow-up to the Rural Health Roundtable.  The purpose of this roundtable, which was facilitated by Dr. Bonnie Braun, co-director of the Maryland Family Impact Seminar and Director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, was to discuss the feasibility of creating a telehealth consortium. 

To learn more about the Telehealth Roundtable, please view the Telehealth Roundtable Report.