Enhancing the Health of Rural Maryland: Testing Multiple Nutrition Education Delivery Methods

Principal Investigator: Dr. Virginia Brown, UMD Extension  
Sponsor:  Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund/Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund
Term:  9/04/18 - 6/30/19

Dr. Cynthia Baur served as a consultant on clear communication criteria for health messages. The project revised and tested multiple delivery options to Maryland residents for a healthy eating with diabetes educational program.  

Perinatal and Oral Health Survey of Maryland

Principal Investigator: Dr. Alice Horowitz
Sponsor: STMD-Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Term: 8/1/15 - 7/31/19

The purpose of this project was to reduce the prevalence of oral disease in both pregnant women and infants through education and improved access to oral health care. Oral health is an essential component of promoting and maintaining overall health during pregnancy and throughout life. To accomplish this, Dr. Horowitz and her team conducted surveys with pregnant women to determine the barriers and facilitators of getting medical and dental care during pregnancy. In addition, they heard the opinions of relevant health care providers to gain their views regarding similar barriers and facilitators. Ultimately, Dr. Horowitz and her team developed a model that can be used in Maryland and beyond that helps ensure pregnant women get dental care prior to delivery and their children remain caries free.