Hunger Action Week Webinar

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This webinar will feature two speakers, Dr. Wagner and Dr. Ambres who will speak on the two topics below. Join Micheline Hynes as she moderates the discussion with our two speakers who will cover topics such as plant-based diets and the important role of nutrition in the clinical setting.

Plant-Based Diets

Dr. Teresa Wagner

The Need for Nutrition in Clinical Settings

Dr. Cynthia Ambres

About the speakers

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Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD, CHWI, DipACLM, CHWC

Dr. Teresa Wagner currently serves as Assistant Professor at HSC at Fort Worth and Clinical Executive for Health Literacy with SaferCare Texas.

Dr. 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 and Clinical Executive for Health Literacy at SaferCare Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from Texas Christian University and Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University.

Dr. Wagner 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. She is certified in public health and a certified community health worker instructor. As a clinician, she was recently certified in Patient Safety, Lifestyle Medicine and Health Coaching. During Covid-19, Dr. Wagner has completed multiple media segments, webinars and blog posts addressing nutrition for population health as well as personal wellness while practicing self-isolation. She has received both the Media Award and Distinguished Scientist Award from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In her role at SaferCare Texas, she has established a multi-stakeholder health literacy collaborative with the DFW Hospital Council Foundation and testified on health literacy legislation in Texas. Her testimony helped place health literacy into the State Health Plan. Recently, she developed the health literacy policy resolution for the Texas Public Health Association. She has delivered multiple programs, speaking engagements and trainings on health literacy issues. Currently, she teaches Health Literacy & Communication in the Lifestyle Health Sciences Program. As a result of her work locally, regionally & nationally, she received the 2018 Texas Health Literacy Hero Award as well as the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Christian University.

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Cynthia Ambres, MD, MS

With more than 30 years as both a practicing physician and a healthcare executive, Dr. Ambres joined Kate Farms to lead their clinical strategy and research initiatives and oversee the team of clinical nutrition managers. She’s an entrepreneurial dynamo who has run a successful consulting company specializing in provider and payer transformation, has twice served as the Chief Medical Officer, once at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Northeastern and Western New York, the second at Kaleida Health. She was in the Global Center of Excellence at KPMG’s Global Healthcare group. She got her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, earned a Masters degree in Health Policy and Management at New York University and did her post-doctoral surgical internship and fellowship at St. Vincent’s Hospital.