The Horowitz Center for Health Literacy is helping the Prince George’s County Health Department learn about health literacy and chronic disease issues as the county builds a primary care network for chronic care patients in Southern Maryland. The chronic disease conditions are diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. 

The overall project will focus on patients who use a high level of healthcare services. In Year 1 of the project, Center staff spoke with individuals who have enrolled, completed, or left the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The objective was to learn about and address barriers to completing the program. The Center is also developing patient materials that address health literacy for diabetes. 

PreventionLink is a multi-county program addressing Southern Maryland’s need for higher quality public health programs. The program is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.