TX Health Literacy Conference 2019

Agenda: Friday, October 4th


Friday, October 4th

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM : Registration/ Check-in/ Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM : Welcome and opening remarks, HL Heroes Recognition

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM : Keynote Session, Kristin Brown, Brady United

9:15 AM -9:30 AM: Break

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: Breakout Sessions 


Social Determinants of Health & The Effects of Institutional Racism

Speaker: Mark Alain Dery, DO, MPH, FACOI

Cross Collaboration for Better Health Outcomes

Speakers: Elizabeth Lutz, Health Collaborative and Phil Becket, Health Access San Antonio

Trauma Informed Care

Presenter: Luis Santos, LCSW, Manager, Social Work,Behavioral Health Care Coordination, University Hospital

Description: Review the definition of trauma and learn what it means to be trauma informed; how trauma affects the brain and the importance of attachment. Participants will be introduced to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and gain tools to create a trauma informed classroom. This course is taught by a Licensed Master Social Worker.

Introduction to Trauma and Trust-Based Relational Intervention-Caregivers and Children

Presenter: Carrie D. Wilcoxson

Description: This session will provide an introduction to the effects of abuse and neglect, signs and symptoms, and provide caregivers information on how to approach and care for children experiencing trauma.


10:45 AM - 11:45 PM : Breakout Sessions


Language Matters

Speakers: Leroy Garcia, Jr., Recovery Support Peer Specialist and Cynthia Bailey, Peer Recovery Coach, SACADA.

This training will cover the incidence of substance use disorders (from the Surgeon General’s Report in 2016), definition and background of substance use disorders, definition of stigma and how stigma affects persons with substance use disorders and why language matters. Attendees will understand the prevalence of substance use disorders, will be able to define substance use disorders and stigma, verbalize how stigma affects persons with substance use disorders and why language matters when talking about substance use disorders

Health Literacy Training among Health Professions Students: Implications for Health Care and Patient Safety

Speaker: Erin Carlson, DrPH

Description: Nearly 60% of older adults have low health literacy. Communicating with older adults so they can understand and act upon health information is important to health outcomes. Learn about an innovative University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Center for Geriatrics program partnering with community organizations to deliver collaborative training approaches for providers to enhance their communication with older adults.

Transforming Health Literacy Into Community Success. The Next Level to Increasing Your Platform an Professional Influence!

Presenter:Bella Cruz, MA | Bella Cruz Consulting Group

Description: Pending

Maternal Mortality through a Health Literacy Lens

Presenter: Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD, CHWI - UNT Health Science Center/SaferCare Texas

In a research study over the last year, Dr. Wagner, Health Literacy expert at SaferCare Texas, lead a team who talked with new moms, maternity nurses and community health workers for their insights into new mothers’ educational needs and the cultural appropriateness of health materials typically provided upon maternal discharge from the hospital.  This resulted in new brochures – simplified and presented in easily-understandable terms versus “medical speak" and informed an online symptom checker called “What About Mom?” where new moms can learn in simple terms about potential health warning signs and actions to take that could potentially save their own lives.

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Networking Lunch, Exhibits, Poster Session

Join us for lunch in the courtyard and engage with colleagues, service providers, or take a walk through the hotel grounds and practice self-care.

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM : Breakout Sessions

Control vs. Rescue: Reducing Asthma-Related Preventable Harm  

Speaker: Leslie Allsopp, MSN, MPH & Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD, CHWI

Asthma 411 is a comprehensive, science-based program that encourages overall asthma prevention but also helps children control their asthma at school. This helps reduce Emergency Room visits and school absences. At the same time, the program trains school nurses to respond fast when a child has trouble breathing. This training provides plain language instruction that nurses can communicate to children, families and school employees to build a culture of safety for children with asthma.

CHW Skill Building

Guadalupe Cornejo, NW Vista College 

This session will include information on the importance of documentation in order to improve and patient care. 

Alcohol Consumption Among Older Adults: Why Health Literacy Matters

Presenter: Caroline Bergeron, DrPh, MSc, CHES 

Description:  Do you drink alcohol? Have you ever wondered what is true or false about the health information you hear about alcohol? Come join us for an exciting international comparative discussion about health and alcohol consumption in the US and in Canada. Learn about low risk drinking guidelines and new guidelines developed specifically for older adults who drink. Find out how health literacy is a crucial tool for alcohol use prevention specifically among older adults.

Story Telling’s Role in Health

Presenter: Gregg Cassin,  Founder and Facilitator of Honoring Our Experience Program Description:  pending

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM: Plenary Session

Addressing Systemic Health Literacy as a Patient Safety Issue through a Grassroots Collaborative

Panel: Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD, CHWI - UNT Health Science Center/SaferCare Texas; Brennan Lewis, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC, PCNS-BC Children's Health; Tracy Adame, BSN, RN - Medical City Health; Carol Howe, PhD, RN, CDE - Texas Christian University

Founded in 2016, DFW Hospital Council and SaferCare Texas developed a Health Literacy Collaborative to address health literacy across north Texas. By broadening the change process to a collection of organizations with larger interests, the coalition works to:

  1. Bring more expertise and resources to bear on health literacy issues and join forces across the state.

  2. Develop and identify community leaders to champion efforts.

  3. Increase the impact with more people advocating for improvements in health literacy.

  4. Increase available resources and relationships to broaden support.

  5. Heighten public awareness through research and tools to empower patients.


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Community Health Needs Assessment – Panel presentation

A discussion on social influencers and Health Literacy as a root cause for health outcomes

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Closing Remarks - Conference 2020 and Door Prizes