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.
Chancellor Jay Perman, MD explains why health literacy is a core educational competency
Dr. Perman recorded the video below to open a first-ever meeting of University System of Maryland (USM) campus representatives to discuss health literacy educational activities. He explained his own experience seeing health literacy issues up close as a practicing pediatric gastroenterologist and the significance of health literacy as part of a USM education. The USM group intends to meet twice a year to share information and best practices in health literacy education and student opportunities.
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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.
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.