May 6, 2014

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science has commissioned the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy to write a paper on informed-consent regulations and health-literate communications. Dr. Linda Aldoory, Director of the Center and Associate Professor of Behavioral and Community Health, and Katherine Barrett Ryan were granted the competitive award of $8,000, and will present the paper at a workshop on July 28, 2014. The Roundtable commissions papers that bring attention to particular topics in health literacy. Aldoory and Barrett Ryan's work will include a thorough literature review, interviews with 10 experts in the area, and a collection of Maryland best practices in alternative, health literate forms of informed consent.

The Horowitz Center for Health literacy was established in 2007 to address the major public health problem of poor health literacy and its effect on health outcomes. Dr. Aldoory's research focuses on health communication campaigns and media for diverse audiences, particularly women and adolescents. Former Director of the Center for Risk Communication Research, Aldoory has won several research awards and has published in numerous journals including the Journal of Communication, Health Communication, Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives. Additionally, Dr. Aldoory has received research grants from the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and continues to consult for various health and social service agencies. For more information, visit the IOM roundtable on Health Literacy and the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy

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