Advancing Health Literacy COVID-19 Grants—A Policy Opportunity for Health Literacy?
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Thu
Mary Ann Abrams, M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine (OSUCOM), and GME Quality Improvement Medical Director and Primary Care Pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Associate Director of Longitudinal Groups at OSUCOM. She is a Co-Investigator for the Office of Minority Health’s Advancing Health Literacy to Enhance Equitable Community Responses to COVID-19 grant in Franklin County (Columbus) Ohio, entitled Building a Health Literate Community: Toward an Equitable Response to COVID. Dr. Abrams led Iowa Health System’s (now UnityPoint Health) health literacy quality initiative and developed health literacy-related interventions and resources including an Always Use Teach-back! Toolkit, a guidebook on Building Health Literate Organizations, and online training. She co-chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Health Literacy Project Advisory Committee, and served as co-editor and contributing author to the AAP’s Plain Language Pediatrics. She has implemented a longitudinal health literacy curriculum at OSUCOM, and published on implementing health literacy-based interventions, pediatric health literacy, and partnering with patients and adult learners. Dr. Abrams graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, and University of Dayton.