Catina O'Leary, PhD, LMSW
President and CEO
Catina has long been motivated by the concept of changing health behaviors to improve quality of life. For more than a decade, she led research on how making connections with people at risk for certain problems, such as HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, can help improve health behaviors. This field research led to Catina’s current role as HLM’s guiding star. She has steered the organization onto the course of becoming a true partner to health care organizations throughout the country that want to empower people with health information they can actually use. Her energy and leadership earned her a place on the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list, as well as a seat on the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy.
In an effort to stay connected to her social work roots, Catina is an active community volunteer and currently serves as vice president of the board for Magdalene Saint Louis, a nonprofit that helps women who’ve survived sexual abuse, violence, and trafficking rebuild their lives.
In her free time, Catina can often be spotted enjoying downtown St. Louis with her two young sons. And like many other HLMers, Catina is an active reader, typically working her way through well over 100 books a year.Health literacy inspiration:
People should be able to understand their health care and make a choice. You can’t make a choice if you don’t understand the information.
Words to live by:
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela