Click for fellowship nomination details.

2015 Apprenticeship Application (Deadline: March 6, 2015)

heartPrince-Georges-CountyCHLtwitterWho is eligible: Graduate students in the University of Maryland System with a minimum GPA of 3.6. For more information see additional information and application guidelines [PDF].

Applications due: 5pm, March 6, 2015.

About the fellowship: The Prince George’s County Health Department and The Horowitz Center for Health Literacy are excited to announce this call for applications for a Health Literacy Summer Apprenticeship. One student will be selected to become the County Health Literacy Apprentice; and will train and work with County Health Department staff on research and programs related to health literacy and health communication. The Apprenticeship will be for 10 weeks during summer, 2015 and comes with a stipend of $5,000.

See additional information and application guidelines [PDF].

If you are interested in learning more about the apprenticeship or have any immediate questions, please contact Dr. Linda Aldoory at laldoory@umd.edu.

 

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GetTested Website Revamp

January 27, 2015

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The CDC has revamped their GetTested website and has included a new quiz to it’s testing locators. Website visitors can now answer a few basic questions to find out which sexually transmitted disease tests they need and nearby testing locations in only a few minutes! The site is a great resource for health information and for individuals to access important health services. Check it out!

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A new report by The Mental Health Association of Maryland (MHAMD) finds that Marylanders experience challenges in accessing psychiatric services and care such as inaccurate listings and long waiting times.

“The report, Access to Psychiatrists in 2014 Qualified Health Plans, written by The Maryland Parity Project, details the difficulties Marylanders encounter when they attempt to contact psychiatrists or make an appointment.” Examples include:

  • “Only 14 percent of the 1,154 psychiatrists listed in the QHP networks were accepting new patients and available for an appointment within 45 days.
  • 57 percent of the 1,154 psychiatrists were unreachable – many because of nonworking numbers or because the doctor no longer practiced at the listed location.
  • If consumers could not get a timely appointment with an in-network doctor, they would be subjected to high out-of-pocket costs to see an out-of-network psychiatrist.”

Click here to access the full report

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The Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy invites seed grant proposals for research projects that bear directly on the Center’s mission of advancing science, education and community action in health literacy. The goal of the Seed Grant Program is to encourage innovative, evidence-based research projects that address health literacy and its close correlate, health communication. It is anticipated that up to $15,000 will be awarded this inaugural funding year, and more than one seed grant can be awarded.

Priority will be given to research projects that a) include Center affiliate faculty as co-investigators; b) significantly involve graduate students as investigators or research assistants; and c) have the potential to garner external research support in the future.

The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 3rd, 2015.

Download the submission guidelines and application information 

Please email healthliteracy@umd.edu with questions.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

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The video below was created by 5 student Occupational Therapists at a university in Canada to explain the importance and components of health literacy. Check it out!

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83,000 women are diagnosed with a gynecological cancer every year. The Inside Knowledge campaign aims to increase awareness of the 5 main types of gynecologic cancer: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. The campaign encourages women to pay  greater attention to their bodies, in order to recognize possible warning signs and seek out medical attention and care. The target audiences of the campaign are  health care providers and women of all ages, races, and ethnic groups, but especially those aged 40 years and older.

Online Resources:

  • Print materials such as brochures, fact sheets, symptom diaries and posters
  • TV and radio public service announcements
  • Survivor stories that provide first hand accounts and valuable lessons for others

Click to access Inside Knowledge’s online resources

Research:

  • The CDC, as part of the development of  Inside Knowledge, has conducted extensive research on gynecological cancer. Examples include identifying gaps in educational materials and health information on this topic, analyzing data survey to better understand women and health care providers’ beliefs and knowledge, behaviors and attitudes related to gynecological cancer and generating publications and presentations on the topic.

Click for more details on research activities

Campaign Health Messages:

  • Pay attention to your body and know what is normal for you. Gynecologic cancers have warning signs.
  • When gynecologic cancers are found early, treatment is most effective.
  • If you have vaginal bleeding that is unusual for you because of when it occurs or how heavy it is, see a doctor right away.
  • If you notice any other unexplained signs or symptoms that last for two weeks or longer, see a doctor.
  • Get a Pap test regularly to screen for cervical cancer.
  • Consider getting the HPV vaccine if you are in the age group for which it is recommended.

Click for more information on gynecological cancers including prevention and treatment (in English and Spanish)

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WHO: Faculty and students from the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and other academic institutions as well as community, state and federal partners are invited as active participants to explore and learn through poster sessions and panel discussions about recent advances in public health, ongoing research opportunities and the potential for new collaborations.

WHEN: Thursday, April 9, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

WHERE: Adele H. Stamp Union University of Maryland, College Park MD

All students are welcome and are encouraged to register and submit poster abstracts for the event!

Click for more information about speakers, sessions and more!

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