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Health Briefing – Heydi Correa-Encarnacion

Modelo Promotoras: Advancing Health Literacy Through Culturally Competent Health Promotion and Prevention Strategies

April 19, 2016
Cannon House Office Building – Room 122
9:30 – 10:45 am
Moderated by CHCI-DaVita Health Graduate Fellow Heydi Correa-Encarnacion
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With the introduction of The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23, 2010, the healthcare landscape in the United States has taken dramatic shifts towards more inclusive health care policies. Despite great strides in assuring healthcare access to an increasing number of uninsured and underinsured Americans, the U.S. healthcare system remains one of the most complex amongst industrialized nations.

The increasing and continuous involvement of varying public and private programs, institutional policies, services, products, and health-related information have given rise to a system, which can be perplexing to the average consumer. Within these provisions are complex tiers including insurance eligibility, prescription medication, disease management, prevention, and lifestyle modifications—all of which pose challenges to those seeking affordable, equitable and quality healthcare; in particular to individuals within underserved and underrepresented communities. This briefing will explore the vital role that community health programs play in increasing health literacy in underserved communities.


Dina L.G. Borzekowski - Ed.D., Interim Director, Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, School of Public Health, University of Maryland
Olivia Carter-Pokras - Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Interim Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion University of Maryland School of Public Health

The 2016 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.