February 20, 2019

Family Science faculty, Drs. Bonnie Braun, Jinhee Kim and Ghaffar Ali Hurtado, work with the University of Maryland Extension (UME) to help the public to make good decisions about health insurance. They have worked closely with others across the region to bring educational initiatives not just to our state and Delaware, but they have also made a national impact. Their recent Health Insurance Literacy Initiative (HILI) brief for Fall 2018 targeted program delivery, program evaluation, peer-reviewed scholarship, and program marketing. Highlights of the brief include:

  • Dr. Braun and colleagues will submit a report and guide to conducting health and farm vitality forums to NERCRD in Spring of 2019. Dr. Braun was also invited to teach about health and dental insurance for 12 participants at the Seton Outreach Center.

  • Dr. Braun was invited to be on WYPR’s One the Record for an edition that aired November 21. The podcast and resources are focused on stress among farmers and are available at: http://www.bit.ly/2OUkqYF. Dr. Braun is also a co-author of “Teaching Consumers to Understand and Estimate Health Care Costs.” The article will be in the forthcoming Forum for Family and Consumer Issues.

  • Dr. Kim, FCS State Program Leader and UME Assistant Director, an original member of the HILI team and co-author of the seminal 2013 article on health insurance literacy, will serve as administrative leader.

  • Dr. Hurtado and a multidisciplinary team received $10,000 from the AGNR Transdisciplinary Seed Grant program to study measurement of stress among farmers, farm workers, and farm families. Dr. Hurtado also lead a video team in creating a new Spanish video focused on Smart Choice Health Insurance™--Basics. The five minute video is available on the AGNR YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/aVzk8ac3urc Additionally, Dr. Hurtado is the co-author of an article that will feature findings from focus groups of UME millennial faculty regarding health insurance needs and desired methods of learning.

University of Maryland Extension (UME) is a statewide, non-formal education system within the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UME educational programs and problem-solving assistance are available to citizens and are based on the research and experience of land grant universities such as the University of Maryland, College Park.

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