Heather Nicole Platter is a doctoral candidate in Behavioral and Community Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. She completed her Bachelor and Master of Science from the University of Florida. Heather worked in Peru for many years to improve child health in rural communities by implementing community health worker programs. Additionally, she managed a Peruvian organization to improve access to post-secondary education for youths with disabilities. She is currently a research fellow at the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy. Her research interests include health communication, health literacy, tobacco control and cancer prevention, health behavior, and global health. Her dissertation is a grounded theory study exploring health literacy barriers to screening for lung cancer.