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Webinar Announcement: Health and Nutrition Literacy: The Social Determinants of Health, Healing & Patient Safety

Posted by on October 30th, 2018 Posted in: Continuing Education


Guest Speakers: Teresa Wagner, DPH, Assistant Professor and Senior Fellow, Institute for Patient Safety, University of North Texas Health Science Center

Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Time: 2 PM ET/ 1 PM CT / 12 PM MT

Co-Sponsored by: University of North Texas Health Science Center Institute for Patient Safety

Description: Healthy People 2020 recognizes that, “Health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and communities.” We know that taking care of ourselves by eating well and staying active, avoiding smoking & nicotine, getting immunizations and screening tests, adequate sleep and having access to healthcare when we are sick all influence our health. These factors are called the Social Determinants of Health and play out in our overall health and wellness.

The ability to understand these factors and how they interact with, “the resources and supports available in our homes, neighborhoods, and communities; the quality of our schooling; the safety of our workplaces; the cleanliness and quality of our water, food, and air; and the nature of our social interactions and relationships” plays a key role in our health healing & ultimately reflects in our recovery response to healthcare services. This presentation will not only explain these intersections of life, health literacy and society but also offer community-based and programmatic solutions.

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe Health Literacy & Identify Issues Related
  • Identify Health Literacy as a Barrier to Proper Nutrition & Health Behavior
  • Analyze how these Impact Health, Healing & Patient Safety
  • Develop Solutions within the Community/Healthcare Continuum  

Speaker Bio: 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 Public Health. She is a registered and licensed dietitian and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as holding certification in public health and as a community health worker instructor. Dr. Wagner has a passion for helping people navigate healthcare from watching her daughters struggle in the current healthcare environment. As a result, she chose to do her Public Health Doctoral Residency focusing on Health Literacy at the University of Texas Center for Health Communication and Literacy Coalition of Central Texas (LCCT). There, she received the UT School of Nursing, TCRSS Community and Academic Collaborative Research Award and was hired by the LCCT as Director of Health Literacy. At LCCT, she worked making systemic healthcare recommendations focused on injury, illness and readmission prevention through improved health communication. Her work engaged multiple partners through a multi-level, multi-domain approach building capacity of healthcare. She worked to empower mental health, rural health and federally qualified health centers to deliver understandable and usable health information and at the same time, build health capacity of community members. She received the “Distinguished Scientist Award” from the Texas Academy for her research and work in modifying the healthcare environment in Texas regarding health literacy. She currently works for the UNTHSC Institute for Patient Safety (IPS) as a Senior Fellow addressing health literacy. In that role, she has established a multi-stakeholder health literacy collaborative in conjunction with the DFW Hospital Council Foundation and testified for health literacy legislation in Texas. Her testimony helped with getting health literacy into the State Health Plan. She recently received the 2018 Health Literacy Hero Award for efforts to develop a culture of health literacy throughout Texas.

For more information: https://nnlm.gov/scr/training/patient-safety-series. No registration is required for this class.

To Join the Meeting

  1. Go to https://nih.webex.com.
  2. Enter the session number: 628 619 644 and password: patient
  3. Please provide your name and email address.
  4. You may have to download and install a web add-on or run a temporary application depending on the browser you use.
  5. Select your audio connection preference:
    *Call using computer – Adjust settings and test the connection
    *Call from WebEx – Enter your direct phone number and press 1 when prompted
    *Call in – Call: 1-650-479-3208 (US/Canada toll number)
    Enter access code: 628 619 644 #
    Enter the Attendee ID on your screen and press #
  6. If you are using a mobile device, your access code is: patient

For live captioning, please use http://livewrite-ncc.appspot.com/attend?event=cit001

For any technical issues, please call: 817-735-2223.

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