A recent feature on the University of North Texas School of Public Health Page, highlighted my efforts to achieve health literate health care in the state of Texas.
Those of you who know me, know I have a passion for helping people navigate healthcare. This passion was born watching my two young adult daughters and my brother, who recently passed away, trying to deal with medical issues in the current healthcare environment.
As a result, I chose to do my Public Health Doctoral Residency focusing on Health Literacy at the University of Texas Center for Health Communication and Literacy Coalition of Central Texas (LCCT) with Dr. Mike Mackert. While in my residency, I was hired by the LCCT as Director of Health Literacy. There I worked making recommendations focused on injury, illness and readmission prevention through improved health communication. April 2016, I received the Distinguished Scientist award from the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for my research and work in modifying the healthcare environment in Texas regarding health literacy. This fall, I will join the UNTHSC Institute for Patient Safety (IPS) as an Senior Fellow to lead the program in health literacy.