Senior Fellow Health Literacy, Assistant Professor School of Public Health
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. 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. She has served as a media representative for the Texas Academy and previously won the “Media Award.” Teresa is certified in public health and a certified community health worker instructor.
Dr. Wagner has a passion for helping people navigate healthcare. This passion was born watching her two young adult daughters and her brother, who recently passed away, trying to deal with medical issues 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. Also in her residency, she 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 to deliver understandable and usable health information and at the same time, the capacity of community members to lead healthier lives.
Last April, 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. This year, she joined the UNTHSC Institute for Patient Safety (IPS) as a Senior Fellow addressing health literacy.
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