UAMS’ Christopher Trudeau Tapped for National Health Literacy Roundtable

By Ashley McNatt

The private, nonprofit institution provides independent, objective analysis and advice and informs public policy decisions related to science, technology and medicine. The 30-member Roundtable on Health Literacy meets in Washington, D.C. three times a year to develop, implement, and share health literacy practices in the health care community.

“I look forward to contributing my legal perspective to advance the national conversation about how important clear health communication and health literacy are to creating a patient-centered health system,” said Trudeau, the first lawyer to serve on this roundtable.

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals can obtain, communicate, process, and understand the basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Trudeau joined the UAMS Center for Health Literacy in 2017, providing teaching, consulting, and program work. He was one of seven from the academic world recently chosen to join the roundtable. Others on the roundtable are from government agencies, non-profit organizations and industry.

Trudeau is also an associate professor of law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. He received his law degree in 2002 from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School and served as a professor there for 13 years before coming to UAMS and UALR.

UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Myeloma Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,834 students, 822 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.