Science Cafés: Transforming citizens to scientific citizens-What influences participants' perceived change in health and scientific literacy?

J Clin Transl Sci. 2017 Apr;1(2):129-134. doi: 10.1017/cts.2016.24. Epub 2017 Apr 19.


Introduction: Science Cafés facilitated by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin seek to increase health and scientific literacy through informal conversation between researchers and community members. The goal was to understand what factors have the greatest influence on attendees' perceived changes in health and science literacy levels (PCHSL) to increase impact.

Methods: Previous research established the evaluation used in the Science Cafés to measure PCHSL. In this study, comparisons were made between (1) 2 different approaches to Science Cafés (Genomics Science Cafés or Health Science Cafés) and (2) regression models to show which factors best predicted PCHSL.

Results: The approach of the Genomics Science Cafés series to Science Cafés showed a larger impact on PCHSL. Regression models suggest SES and education significantly contributes to PCHSL.

Conclusions: Insights for program development to have greater impact on PCHSL were identified. Continuing to optimize dissemination of research findings to the public is essential for improving community health and well-being.

Keywords: Health literacy; community engagement; dissemination; scientific citizen; scientific literacy.