Healthier Texas Summit Series

Networking and Facebook Session Schedule

Continuing Education Credits

The Healthier Texas Summit Series will offer a variety of online networking events from July 30 to October 29.

Sessions will range from in-depth virtual networking sessions to quick coffee chats to Facebook Live events – each offering a broad range of timely topics and opportunities to engage with fellow Health Champions.With each event you attend, we hope you make new connections, spark conversations, and create new opportunities. You just never know who you are going to meet, and who may be able to offer solutions or recommendations. 

Please see the registration information for each session below:

To view the general Summit Series sessions, click here.

Networking Schedule
Well, Sandro Galea
Thursday, July 30th | 10:00 - 11:30am CST

Health Literacy Networking Session

Brought to you by SaferCare Texas

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that health literacy refers to how well a person can get the health information and services that they need, and how well they understand them. It is also about using that information to make good health decisions. If these skills are not present or information is difficult to understand, preventable harm can occur leading to poor health outcomes. People may have trouble managing chronic diseases and leading a healthy lifestyle. They may go to the hospital more often and have poorer health overall.

This networking session will empower health professionals with tools to serve the population with whom they work. After a brief opening overview of health literacy, skills and topics addressed in the breakout rooms will include:

  • Access to information that they can understand – What About Mom? App to Abate Maternal Mortality
  • Controlling chronic conditions, accessing community resources, connecting health outcomes and lifestyle, communicating with health care and other service providers - Asthma 411
  • Knowledge of medical words, and seeking of credible information – WebLitLegit for Teens
  • Abilities, such as physical or mental limitations – Health Literate Advanced Care Planning
  • Personal factors, such as age, education, language abilities, and culture – CLAS Standards
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Teresa Wagner, DRPH, MS, CPH, RDLD, CPPS 
Clinical Executive, SaferCare Texas

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Tuesday, August 11th | 12:00 - 12:30pm CST

Vaccinations for kids to return to school

Join It's Time Texas and the Care Foundation on Facebook Live for a conversation about the importance of immunizations.

Acompañe a It’s Time Texas y la Care Foundation en Facebook en vivo para conversar sobre la importancia de vacunas.


Christine Kutnick 
Chief Operating Officer, The Caring Foundation

Francisco Martinez
Community Affairs Specialist, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Thursday, August 20th | 10:00 - 11:00am CST

Accessing Health Care During a Pandemic Networking Session

Brought to you by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

One of the core tenets of quality health care is delivering the right care in the right place at the right time. In the wake of COVID-19, we’ve seen these traditional access models flipped on their head, leaving the most vulnerable in our state on the outside looking in.

Join us for this networking session to connect and discuss with others what “right” health care access looks like across our different communities in the midst of a new normal.



Shara McClure
Divisional Senior Vice President, Texas Health Care Delivery, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Thursday, August 27th | 12:00 - 12:30am CST

Tips to Keep Your Family Safe and Healthy

Join It's Time Texas and Las Comadres para Las Americas on Facebook Live.

In this conversation, learn about what Latinos are doing to take care of each other, stop the spread of the virus, foster mental health and well-being , and highlight what else is needed to protect lives. Guests will discuss the importance of physically distancing while remaining emotionally, socially and family connected.

Acompañe a It’s Time Texas y Las Comadres para Las Americas en Facebook en vivo.

En esta conversación, aprendan qué es lo que latinos están haciendo para cuidarse unos a otros, detener la propagación del virus, fomentar la salud mental y bienestar, y recalcar que más se necesita para proteger vidas. Las invitadas hablarán de la importancia del distanciamiento físico mientras se mantienen conectados emocionalmente, socialmente y con familiares.



Jill Ramirez
President & CEO, Latino Healthcare Forum

Diana Anzaldua, LCSW, TCYT
Founder, Austin Trauma Therapy Center

Tuesday, September 8th | 12:00 - 12:30Pm CST

Navigating SNAP Benefits

Join It's Time Texas on Facebook Live to learn more about SNAP eligibility guidelines, the community partner program and how to find new information on the website.

Acompañe a It’s Time Texas en Facebook en vivo para aprender más sobre las normas de elegibilidad de SNAP, el programa de socios comunitarios y cómo encontrar nueva información en el sitio web.



Kevin Orr
Community Support Specialist, Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Natalie Richardson
Living Healthier Coach, It's Time Texas

Tuesday, September 8th | 2:00 - 3:00Pm CST

Join It’s Time Texas in Our Monthly Community Lab!

Join It’s Time Texas and coalitions around the state in our monthly Community Lab! We will be continuing the conversation from the Healthier Texas Summit session “Defining Coalitions and their Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health.”

We’ll dive deeper into how addressing social determinants of health can lead to wellbeing in your community, what wellbeing is, and how collaboratives of all kinds can make sure that the programs implemented are creating wellbeing for all.



Maggie Amaku
Community Programs Manager, It's Time Texas

Wednesday, September 16th | 12:00 - 12:30Pm CST

Finding Essential Services During Uncertain Times

In the face of uncertainty and constantly changing information, we will learn more about where to access critical services across the state, including food banks, connecting to wrap-around services, and contacting the right people to assist you. 

Ante la incertidumbre y la información en constante cambio, aprenderemos más sobre dónde acceder a servicios críticos en todo el estado, incluidos los bancos de alimentos, cómo conectarse a servicios integrales y cómo contactar a las personas adecuadas para ayudarlo.



Amy Cuellar
Senior Program Manager, Feeding Texas

Alana Pierre
Director of Social Services,
North Texas Food Bank

Elizabeth Vela
North Texas Food Bank

Thursday, October 1 | 10:00 - 11:30Am CST

Community Health Workers: Finding Innovative Ways to Move Forward

Community Health Workers (CHWs) wear many valuable hats. From patient navigation to project supervision, their capabilities are broad. In this networking session, sponsored by the Texas Association of Promotores Community Health Workers and Living Healthier, we will provide a space for CHW and CHW-allies to discuss current trends and the future of CHWs.


Healthier Texas Summit Series

Virtual Book Club Series Schedule

Continuing Education Credits

The Healthier Texas Summit team is excited to announce our first-ever virtual book club!

This is your opportunity to connect with like minded peers, engage in stimulating discussion, and enhance your journey toward lifelong learning and personal growth.

Over the course of eight weeks, we encourage you to join us as we read and discuss Dr. Sandro Galea's book Well. We will provide you with reading goals to help keep you on track.

The Summit Series Book Club is scheduled to run biweekly September 2nd through October 28, 2020. And Dr. Galea will be joining the group on the September 30th meeting to provide straight from the author insights.

Registration is limited. Cost is $30 and includes a signed copy of the book.

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Virtual Book Club
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Well, Sandro Galea

Virtual Book Club Meeting Schedule

DateTimeChapters Covered
Wednesday, September 2nd 10AM-11AMChapters 1-5
Wednesday, September 16th 10AM-11AMChapters 6-10
Wednesday, September 30th 12PM-1PMDr. Galea in attendance
Wednesday, October 14th10AM-11AMChapters 11-15
Wednesday, October 28th 10AM-11AMChapters 16-20

About the Book

In the book Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health Sandro Galea, Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, Boston University School of Public Health (SPH) examines what Americans miss when they fixate on healthcare: health.

Americans spend more money on health than people anywhere else in the world. And what do they get for it? Statistically, not much. Americans today live shorter, less healthy lives than citizens of other rich countries, and these trends show no signs of letting up.

The problem, Sandro Galea argues, is that Americans focus on the wrong things when they think about health. Our national understanding of what constitutes "being well" is centered on medicine -- the lifestyles we adopt to stay healthy, and the insurance plans and prescriptions we fall back on when we're not. While all these things are important, they've not proven to be the difference between healthy and unhealthy on the large scale.

Well is a radical examination of the subtle and not-so-subtle factors that determine who gets to be healthy in America. Galea shows how the country's failing health is a product of American history and character -- and how refocusing on our national health can usher enlightenment across American life and politics.

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