Be a part of improving health in the U.S.! Limited health literacy is a society-wide problem in every country in the world, and the UMD Horowitz Center for Health Literacy is researching and testing ways to increase health literacy.

Your financial support allows us to inform, educate, research, and advocate about the importance of clearly communicating about health. No one benefits – not individuals, communities, or society at large – when people are unaware, confused, or misinformed about health. The negative consequences of ignoring health literacy are enormous: a less healthy society and a more costly healthcare system.

At the Center, we commit to the principle that everyone deserves understandable and useful health information and services. Your financial contribution will help us put this commitment into action for the benefit of individuals, families, and communities throughout Maryland and the U.S. and across the globe.

You can choose either or both of the Center’s funds:

1. The general operating fund pays for the day-to-day operations, including research-to- action projects, student trainees, community outreach activities, and professional development opportunities for health workers in the field.

2. The Rima E. Rudd Fellowship supports doctoral students while researching and writing their dissertations. Dr. Rudd is one of the founders of the health literacy field in the U.S., and she has trained and influenced thousands of students and practitioners around the world. This fellowship honors her contributions and supports the next generation of health literacy leaders.

If you would to learn more about the Center and request a personal meeting with Dr. Cynthia Baur, Director, please email her at or call (301) 405-0388.