What is Health Literacy Maryland (HLM)?

Our Vision: Maryland will be a place where it is easy to find and use information and services for health and well-being.

Our Mission: Promoting health literacy in Maryland through educating a coalition of community leaders & mobilizing them into action within their jurisdictions.

HLM is a statewide and free membership coalition that brings together people and organizations to work on improving health literacy. HLM works with any interested organization, such as healthcare providers, government agencies, and community-based organizations, to improve access to and use of good health information and offer opportunities to use such information to improve health outcomes. Join the coalition by signing up for our email list!

In April 2018, the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy hosted a Health Literacy Huddle, bringing together organizations interested in being a part of a newly-reinstated statewide health literacy coalition. If you or your organization is interested, please email us at healthliteracy@umd.edu so we can follow up with you. If you are interested in keeping up with coalition updates, join our mailing list!

2020 Activities

This spring, staff from the Horowitz Center will visit each county local health improvement coalition (LHIC) in Maryland to learn about each county's priorities and health literacy activities.

We look forward to listening, learning, and connecting! If you have any questions, please email us: healthliteracy@umd.edu

Beta-test the new Health Literacy Maryland directory map!

Once you've had a chance to click around, share your thoughts through this quick, 3-question form. Thanks in advance!

2019 Meetings

March 26 - White Plains, Maryland (Charles County)

June 17 - Cumberland, Maryland (Allegany County)

September 16 - Cockeysville, Maryland (Baltimore County)

December 12 - Salisbury, Maryland (Wicomico County)

Previous Newsletters

June 25, 2020: More guidelines for writing clear and effective content

June 5, 2020: Guidelines for organizing the content in your written material

May 21, 2020: Guidelines for writing clear and effective content

May 7, 2020: FREE Training: Writing for the Average American Reader

Apr 23, 2020: For clear and simple materials, pretest and revise

Apr 9, 2020: Easy-to-understand COVID-19 handouts in multiple languages

Mar 27, 2020: Training: Clear Communication during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar 13, 2020: Resource: Health Literacy Insights for Health Crises

Feb 27, 2020: Step 1 for creating clear and simple materials: define your target audience

Feb 13, 2020: Health literate organizations share information that is easy to understand and act on

Jan 30, 2020: Health literate organizations use health literacy strategies in oral communication

Jan 16, 2020: FREE Health Literacy Training - Always Use Teach-Back!

Nov 25, 2019: Health literate organizations address health literacy in high-risk situations

Nov 14, 2019: Health literate organizations make it easy to find information and services

Oct 31, 2019: Health literate organizations prepare the workforce to address health literacy

Oct 17, 2019: Health literate organizations integrate health literacy into all activities

Oct 1, 2019: Health literate organizations have leadership buy in

Sept 25, 2019: Health Literacy in Action Conference - register today!

Sept 18, 2019: Check out the HLiA conference detailed agenda!

Sept 10, 2019: RSVP for Health Literacy Maryland Meeting

Sept 5, 2019: This toolkit assumes everyone may have difficulty comprehending health information

Aug 23, 2019: Use this tool to figure how "health literacy friendly" your materials are

Aug 8, 2019: Learn how to write clearly for your audience

July 8, 2019: Join us on social media!

June 20, 2019: Register for the 2019 Health Literacy in Action Conference

May 29, 2019: RSVP for Health Literacy Maryland Meeting

May 9, 2019: Health Literacy & Equity Blog - Oral Health

Apr 29, 2019: Health Literacy & Equity Blog - New Posts

Apr 5, 2019: Health Literacy & Equity Blog - Introduction

Mar 6, 2019: #GivingDayUMD 2019

Mar 1, 2019: Save the Date - Health Literacy Maryland Meeting

Feb 1, 2019: Programming Survey

Jan 3, 2019: Year in Review

Sept 26, 2018: Health Literacy in Action Conference, announcement 2

Aug 20, 2018: Health Literacy in Action Conference, announcement 1

Aug 7, 2018: August 2018 Update