Conference Speakers

 
 

AMY FELLOWS, MPH

FOUNDER @

WOMAN OF THE WORD

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Beware of the Gold Rush

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TERESA WAGNER, Dr.PH

CEO @

UP N BEYOND

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50 Ways to Leave Your Problems

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Generation Y, a Generation to Follow

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MICHAEL MACKERT, Ph.D.

CO-FOUNDER @

BROOKMAYER & SMITH

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The Wealthy Mind

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MELISSA VALERIO, Ph.D., MPH

CO-FOUNDER @

BROOKMAYER & SMITH

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The Wealthy Mind

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DR. NEIRA

CO-FOUNDER @

BROOKMAYER & SMITH

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The Wealthy Mind

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CHRISTOPHER TRUDEAU, J.D.

CO-FOUNDER @

HARVEY GROUP

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Lessons From a Business Pioneer

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MARK ALIAN DERY, D.O., MPH

CFO@

UNITED

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Exit: Is It the Right Way Up?

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TRACY ZERKLE

AUTHOR

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The Grass Is Greener on Your Side

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SARAH REDDING, M.D., MPH

FOUNDER @

PLACEME

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The Pilot and the Crew

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ORALIA BAZLADUA, Pharm.D.

FOUNDER @

PLACEME

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The Pilot and the Crew

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MEGAN MERRIMAN

FOUNDER @

PLACEME

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The Pilot and the Crew

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Christopher Trudeau, J.D.

Associate Professor,

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

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Workshop: How to Create Consent Forms that People Can Understand

Keynote Address: Under-served, NOT Undeserved: How Health Literacy and Policy Impact Health Equity

Christopher R. Trudeau, JD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Center for Health Literacy. He holds a dual appointment with the Faculty of Law at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, Bowen School of Law. In this dual role, he teaches health literacy courses for all of UAMS’s health programs, he teaches law & medicine for medical students, and he teaches clear legal writing for law students.

 

Professor Trudeau is an internationally recognized expert on health literacy, plain language, and the law, who is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy. He frequently speaks on improving informed consent practices, creating clear legal documents that people can understand, and on novel ways to improve health equity and health outcomes while reducing organizational risks and increasing legal compliance.

 

Amy Fellows, MPH

Director

We Can Do Better

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Workshop: OpenNotes: A Key to Patient Engagement

Amy Fellows, MPH is involved in the vulnerable population and vendor strategies for furthering the spread of OpenNotes nationally.

Amy is the Executive Director of We Can Do Better, a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit with the mission is to create opportunities for nonpartisan civic education and engagement, bringing people together who share the values of better health care and health for all.

We Can Do Better is the convener of the Northwest OpenNotes Consortium, which currently includes more than 15 health systems that have so far allowed more than 1.5 million patients to access to their medical notes, securely online, using patient portal.

 

MarkAlain Déry, DO, MPH, FACOI
Chief Innovation Officer

Medical Director- Ryan White/HIV Services

Medical Director- Access Health Louisiana 

AIDS Education Training Center (AETC)

 

ACCESS HEALTH LOUISIANA 

A Federally Qualified Health Center Network

 

Social Determinants of Health & The Effects of Institutional Racism

Dr. Dery is a native of Los Angeles California. After graduating from the University of California, Dr. Dery obtained two masters of public health degrees from Loma Linda University, one in international health and the other in biostatistics.

Dr. Dery then obtained a full scholarship to obtain his medical degree from the University of New England; he did a research fellowship year that resulted in a very important research paper on the mechanics of lymphatic flow.

After medical school, Dr. Dery went on to complete his residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University where his research and medical focus were in international health and the affects of poverty on health.

 

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Workshop: Plain Language Makes Plain Sense: A Communication Skills Workshop

Workshop: From Confusion to Compliance: Assessing Systemic Health Literacy to Change the Conversation

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

Assistant Professor, Health Behavior and Health Systems

University of North Texas Science Center

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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.

 

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. 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 also 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, delivered multiple speaking engagements, workshops, journal clubs, Grand Rounds and testified for health literacy legislation in Texas. Her testimony helped with getting health literacy into the State Health Plan. Additionally, she has developed several research grants, interventions and moderated panels on health literacy. Her vision is to develop a culture of health literacy throughout Texas.

 

Tracy Zerkle

Associate Director

San Antonio Oasis

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Workshop: Side by Side, Shoulder to Shoulder-Success with Peer Lay Leaders

Co-presnter: Megan Merriman, MPH, San Antonio OASIS

Tracy Zerkle, Associate Director of the San Antonio Oasis, coordinates health, fitness, consumer interest outreach and evidence-based health programming offered to older adults at Oasis. Tracy has over 15 years of experience training and overseeing Peer Lay Leaders in; A Matter of Balance, Active Living Every Day, the Stanford model - Chronic Disease, Diabetes and Chronic Pain Self-Management Programs, and the Arthritis Foundation Exercise and Aquatics programs and other research-based programs. Peer leaders, peer lay leaders and volunteers worked with Tracy to achieve program accreditation of the Oasis Diabetes Self-Management Education, one of three AADE accredited programs in San Antonio.

 

Steve Sparks, MSc,

Health Literacy Director

Wisconsin Literacy

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Workshop: Communicating About Medication: A Health Literacy Challenge

Steve provides leadership for Health Literacy Wisconsin, a division of Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. In this role, he provides advice, technical assistance and coordination for statewide health literacy priorities, interventions, strategies and programs directed toward a broad audience. Steve provides health literacy training services throughout Wisconsin and is an American Medical Association certified vendor-consultant providing communication assessments for health care organizations. Steve has focused on hospital and health care communication throughout his career, having led communication departments at four hospitals in Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska. Before joining Health Literacy Wisconsin, he was Regional Director of Marketing and Communications for SSM Health Care of Wisconsin, comprised of three acute care member hospitals, three critical access affiliate hospitals and two skilled care facilities. A certified Toastmaster, Steve holds a Master of Science degree in Mass Communications from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa. He has been an instructor for communications courses at the University of Wisconsin, Madison College, and the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

 

Sarah Redding, M.D., MPH

Co-Founder

Pathways Community HUB Institute

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Workshop: Pathways Community HUB: Opportunities for Addressing Health Literacy Needs

Dr. Sarah Redding currently serves as the Director of the Pathways Community HUB Institute (PCHI).  Prior to that, she served as the Chief Executive Officer for Care Coordination Systems, and the Executive Director of the Community Health Access Project (CHAP).  CHAP is a nonprofit organization based in Mansfield, Ohio that she and her husband Mark helped start in 1999.  Sarah has been involved with community health workers (CHWs) for over 25 years and was instrumental in obtaining state certification for CHWs in Ohio under the Board of Nursing.  She worked to develop and implement Pathways and the Pathways Community HUB model.  Her recent work has focused on community care coordination to address health disparities.  Sarah received her medical degree from Wright State University and a Master’s of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University.  She completed her residency in General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins.

 

Stacey Ogbeide,PsyD, MS, ABPP

Primary Care Behavioral Health Consultant, 

Licensed Psychologist, and Board Certified 

Clinical Health Psychologist 

UTHealth San Antonio

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Workshop: Brief Motivational Interviewing: Skills for Improving Health Behavior Change

Stacy Ogbeide, PsyD, MS, ABPP is a Primary Care Behavioral Health Consultant and Board-
Certified Clinical Health Psychologist as well as an Assistant Professor with the Family
Medicine Residency at UT Health San Antonio. She also has a cross appointment in the
Department of Psychiatry, Division of Behavioral Medicine at UT Health San Antonio and
supervises psychology residents within primary care.
Dr. Ogbeide has published in integrated primary care, has over 80 conference presentations, and
teaches graduate-level courses in behavioral medicine and integrated primary care behavioral
health. Her professional areas of interest include: The Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH)
consultation model, behavioral medicine/health psychology, geropsychology, and the education
and training of health professionals.

 

Oralia Bazaldua, Pharm.D.

UT Health Dept. of Family & Community

Medicine

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Workshop: Teach Back

Workshop: Medication Management

Dr. Bazaldua is Faculty for the Department of Family & Community Medicine and the Director of Departmental Pharmacy Education and Director of the Pharmacotherapy Clinic. She has a passion for teaching appropriate medication use to both providers and patients. She has expertise in "Health Literacy and Medication Use" and have presented extensively on this topic. Her mission is to collaborate and lead the improvement of appropriate medication use in ambulatory care settings. Dr. Bazladua is actively involved in local community organizations and International Research Groups. With the current needs in health care reform, she is also actively involved in quality improvement initiatives, especially as they relate to medication reconciliation and the prevention of medication related errors.

 

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Panel Moderator: Building the Case for Health Literacy

Dr. Valerio serves as the Campus Dean of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in San Antonio and is an Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the UTHealth School of Public Health. Prior to joining the School of Public Health she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and served as the Assistant Director of the Center for Managing Chronic Disease. Her ongoing research is in the design and evaluation of interventions to disease management and health outcomes.

She has served as PI and Co-I on various studies to evaluate interventions in asthma, patient-provider communication, and type 2 diabetes. A majority of the studies have been conducted in partnership with community organizations, schools, or health systems and incorporate a partnership or community-based participatory research approach. She also serves as a lead in the Community Engagement Core of the Institute for Integrated Medicine and Science.

 

Melissa Valerio, Ph.D., MPH

Associate Professor and Campus Dean

UT Health School of Public Health

San Antonio Campus

Megan Merriman, MPH

Outeach Coordinator

San Antonio Oasis

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Workshop: Side by Side, Shoulder to Shoulder-Success with Peer Lay Leaders

Megan Merriman has a Bachelors in Biology and a Master’s in Public Health. She formerly worked as an advisor to a two-star Army General on health promotion and wellness for soldiers, civilians and family members. Megan is the Outreach Coordinator for Oasis, overseeing falls prevention, Healthy Habits for Adults, Arthritis Foundation Exercise programs and is a Master Trainer in A Matter of Balance. Her experience working with people from different backgrounds is invaluable and helps Oasis see results.

 

Robert L. Ferrer MD, MPH

UT Health Dept. of Family & Community

Medicine

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Workshop: The Link between Food Insecurity and Health Literacy

Co-presenters: Dr. Robert Ferrer, UT Health Dept. of Family and Community Medicince and Mike Rivas, San Antonio Food Bank

Robert L. Ferrer, MD, MPH is the John M. Smith, Jr. Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Ferrer is a practicing family physician with research interests at the interface of primary care and public health, including primary care transformation and quality improvement, social determinants of health, and applications of complexity science to health and health care. He has been principal investigator on grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, as well as other state and local funders. Currently, he also serves as Director of Community Engagement for UTHSCSA’s Clinical Translational Science Award. Since 2009, he has been an associate editor for the Annals of Family Medicine. In 2002, he received a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar award. From 2007-09 he served on the AHRQ Innovations Exchange initial Expert Panel. Dr. Ferrer is active in community health initiatives, including serving on the board of directors of the Bexar County Community Health Collaborative.

 

Workshop: Culturally Connected: Applying Tools and Approaches to Support Culturally Diverse Patients and Families

Lana Sullivan, MA, is a Project Manager with the Population Health Promotion Team at BC Women’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  For the past 20 years she has focussed on patient engagement, provider consultation, and health promotion to improve the quality of health service delivery.  In response to provider consultations highlighting challenges working with cross-cultural patients and families, Lana has developed resources for professionals working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients. Lana also manages the development of ante-and post-partum maternity resources for BC Women’s Hospital.  Lana holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Northern British Columbia.

 

Lana Sullivan, MA

Project Manager

BC Women's Hospital

Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

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Workshop: Health Literacy 101

Caroline D. Bergeron, DrPH, MSc, CHES is the Director of Research and Evaluation at The Health Collaborative and serves as Site Evaluator for the Georgia Health Policy Center’s Bridging for Health program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Dr. Bergeron is also a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Population Health & Aging at A&M University, an Adjunct Faculty for the Center for Aging and Translational Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Special Project Associate at the Mayo Clinic Florida. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Bergeron received her doctorate in public health from the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, from the University of South Carolina in 2015.  She also has a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Montreal, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Ottawa.

 

Caroline Bergeron, DrPH, MSc, CHES

Director of Research and Evaluation

The Health Collaborative

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Workshop: The Intersection of Cultural Humility, Cultural Competency & Health Equity

Jesús Ortega is originally from Venezuela. Jesús has worked for economic, social and environmental justice almost all his professional life. Mr. Ortega moved his organizing and advocacy efforts working with marginalized immigrants communities of color from NY to Texas over 15 years ago. Mr. Ortega, hold the position of Executive Director at Out Youth, an LGBTQ youth organization in Austin. Jesús later started working with the Austin Stress Clinic’s Batters Intervention Program, as a facilitator of psycho-educational interventions for violence prevention. Mr. Ortega as the Assistant Director at the ASC concentrated on studying the efficacy of BIPPs interventions and developed innovated curriculum that focused on deconstructing masculinity and its impact on violence against women. This work took Mr. Ortega to Recife Brazil, where he spent half a year working with and evaluating a violence prevention program for youth at the PAPAI Institute. Jesús, previous to his new position at DMS, hold the position of Deputy Director at The Alamo Area Resource Center, a not-for-profit organization working with people living with HIV/AIDS and medical services to the LGBT community in San Antonio. He also worked as adjunct faculty of UTSA College of Public Policy in the Department of social work where he teaches cultural competency and global social work. He holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from UTSA, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the City University of New York. He is also a graduate of Columbia University School of Business on Non-profit Management.

Jesús Ortega, LMSW

Director, Office of Diversity,

Equity and Inclusion

UT Austin Dell Medical School

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Panel Moderator:

Building the Case for Health Literacy

 

Panel consists of the Statewide Health Coordinating Council Members: 

  • Betty Protas, Ph.D, Vice Chair

  • Lourdes M. Cuellar

  • D. Bailey Wynne

Dr. Matthew Turner is employed by the Department of State Health Services as a program specialist leading the Health Professions Resource Center and the Texas Primary Care Office. He is also the agency coordinator for the Statewide Health Coordinating Council.

Matthew P. Turner, Ph.D., MPH

Program Specialist

Department of State Health Services

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Workshop: Environmental Health Literacy as a Strategy to Improve Health and Well-Being

Dr. Cantu is a nationally recognized doctoral prepared expert, specializing in public/community health nursing and clinical nursing research. She was promoted to Associate Professor on tenure-track in September 2015. This narrative provides details of Dr. Cantu's excellence in teaching and service, specifically addressing the impact and outcomes of my national accomplishments at the university, the community, professional and national levels. Her program of science in teaching, service and research has been focused on building healthy communities through the enhancement of public and community health grounded in the Socio-Ecological Model as a framework to prevent disease and promote health and well being at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. Through her teaching, research, and service, she has impacted health in communities, neighborhoods, and families.

Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., RN

Associate Professor

UT Health School of Nursing

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Workshop: Health Literacy 101

Melanie Stone directs the Community Service Learning (CSL) program through the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. This innovative program promotes student and faculty engagement with community organizations in conducting service projects which benefit medically underserved populations in Texas. She is adjunct faculty at The University of Texas School of Public Health, San Antonio regional campus. Her passion is health literacy and in her current role, she helps bring health literacy awareness, knowledge, and skills to the future health care professional workforce. She is a member and past chair of the San Antonio Health Literacy Initiative, a coalition of professional volunteers who are addressing low health literacy in the region.  She is actively involved in the community, serves on the governing council of the Texas Public Health Association and is an alumni of Leadership San Antonio and Leadership Texas.

 

Formerly, Ms. Stone supervised a community clinic outreach program, coordinated research for a large public health study, served as a public school teacher, and managed the outreach and education section of University Health System's CareLink program.She earned a bachelor's degree in biology and anthropology from Trinity University and master's degrees in public health from UT School of Public Health and education from Texas State University.  She is currently in the doctor of public health degree program at UT School of Public Health

Melanie Stone, MPH, M.Ed. 

Director of Community Service Learning

UT Health Center for Medical Humanities &

Ethics

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Workshop: Culturally Connected: Applying Tools and Approaches to Support Culturally Diverse Patients and Families

Meredith de Freitas, MPH, works as a Project Manager with the Health Literacy Team at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has studied and worked in the areas of cross-cultural mental health, health promotion, health literacy, and health equity over the last 15+ years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts (Honours) in Medical Anthropology from McGill University, and a Masters of Public Health from Simon Fraser University. Meredith manages healthy living and cross-cultural mental health literacy projects, including the development of resources for culturally and linguistically diverse patients and families, and resources for professionals.

Meredith de Freitas, MPH 

Project Manager, Health Literacy

BC Women's Hospital

Vancouver British Columbia, Canada

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