Webinar: Building a Health Literacy Policy Agenda: The Maryland Example and Beyond
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
9:00 am | (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) | 1 Hour
Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Baur
Both public health best practices and the practical realities of large-scale changes to address health literacy suggest the health literacy field should develop a policy agenda. This webinar opens with a brief summary of the presentations made at the 2019 Health Literacy in Action conference describing Maryland health reforms and policies that intersect with health literacy concerns. It will be followed by an overview of the key topics and areas for action that emerged during the conference discussion. Participants will be able to share their own examples of policy developments that can help advance health literacy or conversely that might get in the way of health literacy progress. The webinar will conclude with ideas for a health literacy policy agenda and how to build and implement the agenda in the future.
- Why does the health literacy field need policy development and implementation?
- What types of policies might relate to health literacy?
- Review policy topics discussed at 2019 Health Literacy in Action conference
- Group discussion on identified topics and any additions
- How can organizations and individuals influence the policy development process?
- Discuss ideas and a plan for moving forward on policy topics identified earlier
Attendees will have a chance to ask questions and share ideas during the webinar.
Earn Continuing Education Hours
Sponsored by (Institute for Healthcare Advancement), a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, this webinar is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive 1 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 1.
Institute for Healthcare Advancement is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 11933, for 1.0 contact hour.
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About the speaker
Dr. Cynthia Baur became the Director of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy in January 2017. Prior to coming to UMD, Dr. Baur worked for 17 years in communication leadership roles with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, D.C. Most recently, she served as the Senior Advisor for Health Literacy in the CDC Office of the Associate Director for Communication and CDC's Senior Official for the Plain Writing Act implementation. During her federal tenure, she led multiple initiatives to define best practices and guidelines in health communication and health literacy. She was the first manager of the Healthy People health communication objectives and the editor of the U.S. National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. At CDC, she created CDC’s health literacy website, which provides tools and online training to improve health literacy and public health, and she is the co-creator of the CDC Clear Communication Index, a set of scientific criteria for creating clear public communication materials. Her approach is based in communication science and focuses on providing diverse audiences with information in ways they can understand and use.