Health Literacy Month

October is Health Literacy Month. This is a worldwide awareness campaign dedicated to promoting understandable health information. In the U.S. there is a significant gap between the way health care information is communicated and the ability of most people to understand it. Nearly 9 of 10 adults have difficulty using routine health information. When people struggle to clearly understand how to prevent and manage health problems, they are more likely to make mistakes with their medicine, mismanage chronic diseases like diabetes, skip important medical tests and visit the emergency room more often. They are also less likely to participate in medical research.

LA CaTS is unique among research centers in teaching health literacy skills to providers and researchers across the State to improve communication with patients. For the last five years we have taught workshops to more than 400 health professionals to help them develop more patient-centered written and electronic health information as well as simpler consent documents. LA CaTS is continuing to work with patients and providers to develop culturally appropriate health and research information that is easy to find, understand, and use.

OCTOBER 24, 2017
DISCOVERING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHANGE: Winning the Fight on Alzheimer’s Disease

Location: Pennington Biomedical Research Center
6400 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Open to: Public
Hosted By: Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Details: Join Dr. Jeffery Keller as he shares insights from his research on ways to combat Alzheimer’s Disease.

OCTOBER 27, 2017

Location: Executive Center Crown Plaza
4728 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA
Open to: Nurses, social workers, counselors, students and other health care professionals
Hosted By: Avita Pharmacy and Clinical Pathology Laboratories

february 6, 2018
free community presentation - topic tba

Time: TBA
Location: Pennington Biomedical
Baton Rouge, LA
Open to: The general public
Hosted By: Pennington Biomedical

february 24, 2018
Irene W. Pennington Wellness Day for Women

Time: TBA
Location: Pennington Biomedical
Baton Rouge, LA
Open to: Women ages 18+
Hosted By: Pennington Biomedical
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