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Recap: Health Literacy Month 2020

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Highlights from Health Literacy Month 2020

Participating in a Pandemic: Ensuring Safe Voting Public 

Oct 5 - University of Maryland School of Public Policy

Center Director Dr. Cynthia Baur participated in a panel hosted by the UMD School of Public Policy for the BIG10 network on safe voting. She talked in general about risk communication and specifically about the importance of clear directions for voters, poll workers, the media, and election officials.

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Presentation: Health Literacy as a Corrective to a Misinformation Culture for Coronavirus Communications

Oct 8 - National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media

Presentation slide that reads "Health Literacy as a corrective to a misinformation culture for COVID-19 communications"

Dr. Baur discussed the many ways the COVID-19 "infodemic" and misinformation is undermining health literacy and creating unnecessary and dangerous confusion. She proposed that health literacy techniques can help bridge scientific findings and public acceptance of recommendations. 

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Presentation: Effective Risk Communication as an Antidote to COVID-19 Misinformation

Oct 9 - Great Lakes Health Literacy Conference 2020: Implications for Health Literacy during Times of Crisis

Dr. Baur presented the Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) framework and examples of how COVID-19 communication has violated many of those principles. She recommended that health communicators pay special attention to how COVID-19 risks are explained and showed how health literacy techniques can help.

Integrated Health Literacy Research / Practice / Policy Virtual Conference 

Oct 19-21 - Health Literacy in Action/Health Literacy Annual Research Conference

Health Literacy in Action: Health Literacy Annual Research Conference, Integrating Research, Practice and Policy Logo

Our innovative, cross-disciplinary agenda highlighted current health literacy research, practice, and policy. Over the course of the 2.5 days, we saw examples of how research informs practice, how practice provides insights for research, and policy helps to implement improvements arising from these insights. 

Recordings Available the Week of Nov 9 

Ethical Challenges for Public Health Practice When Working for Federal Agencies

Oct 27 - Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, University of Maryland School of Public Health

Guest Lectures and Student Group Meetings

Throughout the month, our Center staff and faculty also gave guest lectures in SPH courses and participated in student organization meetings. We remain committed to educating UMD students about health literacy!

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