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The Horowitz Center has a variety of projects that focus on diabetes prevention and management.

  • We work with the Maryland Department of Health to implement the Maryland Diabetes Action Plan with the local health improvement coalitions
  • We help implement and evaluate diabetes prevention and management programs

Local Health Improvement Coalitions

Principal Investigator: Dr. Cynthia Baur
Sponsor: Maryland Department of Health
Term: 9/01/18 - 8/31/23

Our work with Maryland's Local Health Improvement Coalitions (LHICs) went into high gear when the Maryland Department of Health released the Maryland Diabetes Action Plan for public comment. Since then, our technical assistance to LHICs has featured guidance on creating, implementing, and evaluating diabetes strategies at the local level.

Read more about our work with Local Health Improvement Coalitions

Black Family-Focused Diabetes Control, Self-Management, and Prevention Program

Principal Investigator: Rebecca Ledsky, Family Health International (FHI360)
Sponsor: Office of Minority Health
Term: 11/01/21 - 9/29/24
Award #1-CPIMP211319-01-00

The Center is working with FHI360 and the African American Health Program in Montgomery County, Maryland to implement a variety of diabetes prevention and management services and programs to Black families. Family members with prediabetes will join and attend the National Diabetes Prevention Program, and family members with diabetes will join and attend a diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) program. The families will also receive support and guidance from a community health worker.

Family Approach to the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Principal Investigator: Rebecca Ledsky, Family Health International (FHI360)
Sponsor: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Term: 9/01/20 - 8/31/22
Award #75D30120C09126

The Center is working with FHI360 and 6 sites in Maryland to see whether joining and participating in the National Diabetes Prevention Program with a close friend, family member, or co-worker affects recruitment and retention in the year-long program. The Center and FHI360 developed supplemental materials for the programs' lifestyle coaches to use throughout the program and encourage the paired approach. 

PreventionLink

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ernest Carter, Prince George’s County, Maryland Health Department 
Sponsor: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Term: 9/01/18 - 8/31/23

PreventionLink is a multi-county program addressing Southern Maryland’s need for higher quality public health programs. The Horowitz Center for Health Literacy helped the Prince George’s County Health Department learn about health literacy and chronic disease issues as the county builds a primary care network for chronic care patients in Southern Maryland. The chronic disease conditions are diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. 

The overall project will focus on patients who use a high level of healthcare services. In Years 1-3 of the project, Center staff spoke with individuals who have enrolled, completed, or left the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The objective was to learn about and address barriers to completing the program. The Center also developed patient materials that addressed health literacy for diabetes.