Professor of Medicine
Connie L. Arnold, PhD is Professor of Medicine at LSU Health Shreveport and the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center. For the past 26 years she has investigated the impact of patient literacy on health and health care, and has 59 publications on health literacy, health communication and behavior, and preventive medicine. Dr. Arnold has been an invited faculty of the Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course, part of the National Cancer Institute Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention for the past four years. She has been an invited speaker at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Workshop on Health Literacy in Clinical Trials . Dr. Arnold was named an American Cancer Society Champion of Hope in 2017. She serves on the Louisiana Department of Health state-wide Initiative Taking Aim at Cancer in Louisiana Clinical Committee on Colorectal Cancer. Dr. Arnold has a productive record of federally funded research developing and implementing low literacy interventions to improve health outcomes of vulnerable populations. Her wide-ranging work focuses on improving cancer screening in rural Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), self-management of diabetes in safety-net settings, and use of health coaches to facilitate weight loss in community clinics. Recently she conducted focus groups in rural and urban settings investigating understanding, access and acceptance of genomic research and biobanking among individuals underrepresented in clinical trials. Dr. Arnold is the principal investigator (PI) on a five-year American Cancer Society health literacy intervention to evaluate follow-up strategies to improve regular colorectal screening in rural Federally Qualified Health Centers in the state. She is a site PI and Health Literacy Core co-director on an NIH IDEAs grant for the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center (LA CaTS), an unprecedented collaborative effort among eleven academic institutions in Louisiana. She is a site PI on a Pennington Biomedical Center Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded grant studying the comparative effectiveness of obesity treatment options for underserved populations delivered in primary care settings. Dr. Arnold has extensive experience working with simplifying consent form and patient education documents. She also has experience working with regional safety net clinics, providers and patients to develop and test literacy appropriate interventions.