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Horowitz Center for Health Literacy

The Center provides research, education, and service to improve health literacy at the individual, family, community, organization, and society levels. We aim to advance health literacy in Maryland and nationwide. 

The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, the nation's first academic center on this topic, was established in 2007 at the same time as the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health. The Center was endowed and named to honor the legacy of Dr. Herschel S. Horowitz, a prominent scientist, educator, and public health advocate.

50+
health literacy events for the public since 2017
Video introduction about the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy.

Featured Projects

HealthyMe/MiSalud

The Center is funded by NIH to develop and test HealthyMe/MiSalud, a smartphone application in English and Spanish to help African American and Hispanic adults set health goals, ask questions, and get personalized information about common health conditions and preventive services.

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Diabetes Prevention

The Center leads and participates in multiple diabetes prevention projects in Maryland. We work with the Maryland Department of Health, local health departments, and Local Health Improvement Coalitions to implement the Maryland Diabetes Action Plan.

Oral Health

The Center leads and participates in many projects to educate the public, providers, and policymakers about oral health diseases and conditions and how to prevent them.

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Latest News

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Increasing COVID-19 Vaccine Access and Confidence Among LGBTQ+ Populations
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New Gift Bolsters Award for Doctoral Students Working to Advance Health Literacy
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Seminar Series on the Epidemiology of the COVID-19 Pandemic
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