[Opening Keynote] Plain Language Makes Plain Sense
Feb 28, 2020 9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Assistant Professor & Clinical Executive for Health Literacy, SaferCare Texas
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Department of Lifestyle Health Sciences, School of Health Professions
Fellow and Project Director, Texas Center for Health Disparities
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., MET 330B
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699
Dr. Teresa Wagner graduated with a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center where she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions Lifestyle Health Sciences Department. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Dr. Wagner also works for SaferCare Texas as the Clinical Executive for Health Literacy. In that role, she has established a multi-stakeholder health literacy collaborative in conjunction with the DFW Hospital Council Foundation and testified on health literacy legislation in Texas. Her testimony helped with getting health literacy into the State Health Plan. She has delivered multiple programs, speaking engagements and trainings on health literacy issues.
Dr. Wagner has a rich history as a health professional. As a result, she has a great diversity of skills, expertise and experience. She has taught at the university and community college level, served as a health coach, media representative, public speaker and worked with patients as a clinical provider. She has received both the “Media Award” and “Distinguished Scientist Award” from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As a doctoral resident, she received the UT School of Nursing, “TCRSS Community and Academic Collaborative Research Award.” Additionally, she received the “Health Literacy Hero Award” at the Texas Health Literacy Conference for her efforts to elevate health literacy and develop a culture of health literacy throughout Texas.
Dr. Wagner is also a member of the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) serving as the TPHA liaison for National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) coalition and as a member of the Policy and Advocacy Committee. She is Certified in Public Health, a Certified Community Health Worker Instructor, a Certified Lifestyle Medicine Practitioner and a Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Additionally, she is a member of the International Health Literacy Association serving on the Law and Business Standing Committee and Co-chair of the Policy & Advocacy Committee. Dr. Wagner also serves on the Board of the Cowtown Marathon.