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HHS Leaders Highlight the Importance of Health Literacy

Released: Monday, November 11, 2019

Connie Arnold, PhD Terry Davis, PhD

An article was recently posted on about the importance of health literacy according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). View the full article by clicking here.

Terry Davis, PhD and Connie Arnold, PhD (LSU Health Shreveport) lead the LA CaTS Center’s Health Literacy Core.  Dr. Davis and Dr. Arnold are available to consult with researchers on developing literacy and culturally appropriate public health messages and patient-centered materials, consent forms, questionnaires and health education forms, which are understandable and actionable for patients. In addition, they provide ongoing consultation to researchers to improve relationship-building skills with the community and rural health clinics, as well as with implementation and dissemination of research findings.  To contact the Health Literacy team, email or request a consultation on SPARC.



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