December 14, 2012

A team of SPH researchers, led by Dr. Olivia Carter-Pokras, associate professor of epidemiology, is launching a new project - Improving Health Literacy and Cultural Competency of FDA Consumer Materials - in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Minority Health. They will provide recommendations to the FDA to improve consumer education materials designed to help prevent HIV/AIDS. These recommendations will be based on an analysis of current FDA informational materials and how well people understand them, using health literacy scales and other tools. Support for the project comes via the FDA-funded University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI). They provided an Innovation in Minority Health Award to the multi-disciplinary team which involves faculty and students from four SPH departments (Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Behavioral and Community Health, Family Science and Health Services Administration) and two research centers (Center for Health Literacy, Prevention Research Center). Faculty team members include Dr. Linda Aldoory (director, Center for Health Literacy), Dr. Brad Boekeloo (director, Prevention Research Center), Dr. Bonnie Braun (professor, Department of Family Science, Dr. Jie Chen (assistant professor, Department of Health Services Administration, and Dr. Carter-Pokras (Principal Investigator).

The award will fund graduate students who will assist in collecting and analyzing data on the FDA materials in the spring and summer of 2013. Findings will be reported in September 2013.

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