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New SPH-led Project Aims to Improve Communication on HIV/AIDS Prevention

December 14, 2012

Kelly Blake  (301) 405-9418

UMD, UMB and FDACOLLEGE PARK, Md. - A team of researchers from Maryland's School of Public Health, led by Associate Professor of Epidemiology Olivia Carter-Pokras is launching a new project - Improving Health Literacy and Cultural Competency of FDA Consumer Materials. The  Food and Drug Administration's Office of Minority Health will be a collaborator.

They will provide recommendations to the FDA to improve consumer education materials designed to help prevent HIV/AIDS. These recommendations will be based on an analysis of current FDA informational materials and how well people understand them, using health literacy scales and other tools.

Support for the project comes via the FDA-funded University of Maryland Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation (CERSI). The center provided an Innovation in Minority Health Award to the multi-disciplinary team which involves faculty and students from four SPH departments (Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Behavioral and Community Health, Family Science and Health Services Administration) and two research centers (Center for Health Literacy, Prevention Research Center).

Faculty team members include the Director of the Center for Health Literacy Linda Aldoory, the Director of the Prevention Research Center Brad Boekeloo, Professor Bonnie Braun (Department of Family Science), Assistant Professor Jie Chen (Department of Health Services Administration) and Principal Investigator Carter-Pokras.

The award will fund graduate students who will assist in collecting and analyzing data on the FDA materials in the spring and summer of 2013. Findings will be reported in September 2013.