2019

2019 was a busy year for the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy! Here are some highlights:

We sponsored Health Literacy Maryland activities and the second Health Literacy in Action conference. Other activities at the School of Public Health include an undergraduate course, student mentorship, and new staff. 

Health Literacy Undergraduate Course

 

 

In the Spring 2018 semester, we offered an undergraduate course in health literacy for the first time. 35 students from various majors and interests took the class and used the social ecological model to take a deeper look into health literacy issues and make recommendations to solve these issues.

Maryland Day & Voices of Health Literacy

Maryland Day 2019

Voices of Health Literacy is the Center's multimedia project to feature UMD students, faculty, and staff perspectives on and experiences with health information, communication, and services. For this phase of the project the Center's communications intern, Maris Medina, interviewed Maryland Day attendees about how health literacy affects their lives.

Student Celebrations & Transitions

Heather Platter, one of our Rima Rudd Health Literacy Fellows and instructor for our first undergraduate health literacy class, successfully defended her dissertation and is now working as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Heather here and here

We are nothing without our student team, who worked on various Center projects in 2019. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication!

New Post-Doctoral Researcher

In 2019, Dr. Daniel Park joined our Center team. Dr. Park is interested in helping older adults, family members, and health professionals better understand and use eHealth and mHealth technologies and build a support network where they work together to empower older adults in healthcare. Learn more about Dr. Park here.

Projects

  • The Center continued working on our smartphone app for disease prevention and health promotion. 
  • We also continued our work with the Prince George’s County Health Department on PreventionLink, a CDC-funded project to reduce chronic disease in southern Maryland
  • We collaborated with UnitedHealth Group to add more terms and plain language definitions to their Just Plain Clear Glossary.

Check out our Health Literacy Maryland 2019 Review for more activities. We expect 2020 to be equally exciting and action-packed!

2018

2018 was an action-packed year for the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy! Here are some highlights:

We sponsored the Health Literacy Huddle, Health Literacy Maryland, and the inaugural Health Literacy in Action conference! Other activities at the School of Public Health include guest lectures, student mentorship, and new student recruitment. 

Emerging Voices of Health Literacy Research

In this speaker series, School of Public Health faculty and graduate students shared their health literacy research with undergraduate and graduate students to get them excited about integrating health literacy into their future work. 

Voices of Health Literacy

Voices of Health Literacy is the Center's multimedia project to feature UMD students, faculty, and staff perspectives on and experiences with health information, communication, and services. The Center's communications intern, Maris Medina, interviewed students on campus — encompassing different backgrounds and majors — about how health literacy affects their lives. The first phase of the project focuses on students and will expand to faculty and staff in the near future.

Public Health Research Day 

Dr. Cynthia Baur chaired a panel on Health and Science Literacy for Trust-building with the Public at UMD's annual Public Health Research Day 2018.  

Presentations 

We presented to Students Engaged in Public Health, a student organization, about using the Clear Communication Index to develop materials for a future project. 

Funded Projects

  • The Horowitz Center received funding from the National Library of Medicine to build a smartphone app for disease prevention and health promotion.
  • We also received funding from the Prince George's County Health Department to collaborate on the CDC-funded Southern Maryland Chronic Disease Prevention Program.

 

Check out our Health Literacy Maryland 2018 Review for more activities. We expect 2019 to be equally exciting and action-packed!