March 17, 2014

Vanderbilt Researcher to Speak at TRI Health Literacy Research Series

Russell Rothman, M.D., M.P.P., an associate professor of medicine and pediatrics and a translational research leader at Vanderbilt University, will present the next UAMS Translational Research Institute Health Literacy Research Grand Rounds on April 4, from noon-1 p.m. in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, Room G219.

Rothman, the principal investigator on several studies addressing literacy and health communication in obesity prevention and diabetes, will present “Addressing Health Literacy and Health Communication in Obesity and Diabetes.”
Lunch will be served to the first 40 attendees. Registration is not required. View a flier about the event.

Rothman is director of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research, associate director of the Vanderbilt Center for Diabetes Translational Research and co-director of the Community Engagement Research Core at the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical & Translational Research.
He has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American Diabetes Association, the Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative, and other sources to examine the role of literacy and numeracy in patients with diabetes and obesity. He has served as a reviewer on the NIH Special Emphasis Panel on Health Literacy and the Pfizer Health Literacy Fellowship Awards. Rothman has been a Pfizer Visiting Professor in Health Literacy at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The Health Literacy Grand Rounds series will be broadcast via interactive video to UAMS’ eight Regional Centers (formerly the Area Health Education Centers, AHECs) across the state.
Low health literacy is a significant issue in Arkansas that contributes to higher health care costs and poor health outcomes, said Kristie Hadden, Ph.D., director of health literacy in the UAMS Center for Rural Health and coordinator of the TRI Health Literacy Research Grand Rounds.

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