April 18, 2014

Last week the Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy spread the word about health literacy at two events on the University of Maryland, College Park campus during National Public Health Week.


Lisa Bowen, graduate student, and her poster “Improving Health Literacy and Cultural Competency of FDA Consumer Materials: Hepatitis C”

On April 8, 2014, the University of Maryland School of Public Health hosted the second annual Public Health Research at Maryland Day.

Event attendees consisted of students and faculty from the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, as well as community, state and federal partners.

Students and faculty shared their research during a poster session. Some of the poster categories included:

  • Health Literacy, Health Communications, Health Education
  • Family Health, Child Health, Adolescent Health
  • Health Care, Access, Insurance
  • Health Disparities
Dr. Linda Aldoory with Surgeon General Richard Carmona at Research Day

Dr. Linda Aldoory with Surgeon General Richard Carmona at Research Day

The event consisted of two keynote addresses. The first keynote address was by the the 16th U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher, and he discussed issues that surgeon generals have faced over the years and the results of their efforts.  The second keynote address was by the the 17th U.S. Surgeon General, Richard Carmona, and he discussed the future of tobacco control.




The event also hosted three panels:

  • HIV/AIDS: Local/Global Public Health Approaches
  • Advances in Cancer Prevention and Control
  • Physical Activity: the Magic “Pill” for Chronic Disease Prevention?

At Public Health Research at Maryland Day, the Center hosted a booth to inform event attendees and visitors about health literacy, our research and what else we do.

On April 10, 2014, the Center hosted a second table at the University of Maryland STAMP Student Union. A tremendous amount of students joined us to discuss health literacy. 

The Center's table at STAMP for National Public Health Week

The Center’s table at STAMP for National Public Health Week

We asked students, “Where are you most likely to look for health information?” Students were given three options: doctors, family, or online and social media.

We found an overwhelming amount of students look for health information online and on social media.

Did you visit any of our tables during National Public Health Week? Follow us on Twitter and let us know what you thought!