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October is Health Literacy Month

Released: Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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.

To contact the LA CaTS Health Literacy Core, email or visit the Health Literacy Core webpage for more information.  


About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center.  The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.  The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.  For more information, please visit