The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy:

  • Conducts interdisciplinary research in health communication and health literacy
  • Translates research findings into education, recommendations, policy proposals, and community action

The Center for Health Literacy is part of the Dean’s Office of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. We envision Maryland and the Nation being a place where everyone can find and use health information and services for health and wellbeing.

Our history

The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy was established in 2007, alongside the founding of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. It was endowed and named to honor the legacy of Dr. Herschel S. Horowitz, a prominent scientist, educator, and public health advocate. The Center was the nation’s first academic Center for Health Literacy.

Our mission

Our role in the community is to conduct research, share findings, educate, develop and evaluate programs, and engage communities to build health literacy. We aim to be a resource for health consumers, patients, health professionals and officials, and policymakers to advance health literacy in Maryland and nationwide.

Our Current Priorities

Our topic priorities include:

  • Family health and literacy, including maternal and child health
  • Environmental health literacy
  • Digital technologies, health information, and communication
    • Examples include EHRs, patient portals, smartphone apps, and web sites ​​

Our key activities for calendar year 2018 include:

  • Statewide health literacy assessment with organizations and community members
  • Draft models and plans with county and state organizations to work strategically on health literacy  
    • In wave 1, we will partner with Charles, Prince George’s and Montgomery counties to outline health literacy plans  
    • We also will focus on connecting health literacy to the development of the  Capital Region Medical Center in Prince George’s County