August 13, 2015

Dr. Dina L.G. Borzekowski, an internationally recognized expert in the area of children, media, and health, has been named the interim director of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy (HCHL).  In July 2013, Dr. Borzekowski joined the UMD School of Public Health's Department of Behavioral and Community Health as a research professor.  Prior to this appointment, Dr. Borzekowski had been at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health since 2001.Dr. Borzekowski’s domestic and international research involves studying how youth come to use media and how media has an impact on the health and well-being of children and adolescents.  Some of her most fun and meaningful work has been with Sesame Workshop, developing and evaluating international health communication interventions for some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Dr. Borzekowski will begin her new role as teh Center's Director on August 24, 2015.

We would also like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Dr. Linda Aldoory, who served as Endowed Chair and Director of the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and Associate Professor in Behavioral & Community Health since 2011. Her many contributions as director of the Center for Health Literacy included the development of Health Literacy Maryland, a statewide coalition that brings together people and organizations to work on improving health outcomes through improved health literacy, as well as the development of community-based campaigns to improve health literacy in Capitol Heights, Maryland (in partnership with the Prince George's Health Department via the state's Health Enterprise Zone program) and in Worcester County Public Schools (in partnership with Atlantic General Hospital).

Dr. Aldoory will return to the faculty of the Department of Communications in the College of Arts and Humanities and remain an affiliate faculty member of the School of Public Health.

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