Registration & Agenda
Continuing Education Credits
We’re excited to offer virtual sessions with relevant and inspiring content. We're also excited to announce we'll also be hosting virtual networking sessions and our first-ever virtual book club! Click the Session Schedule, Networking Schedule, or Book Club buttons below to view the current schedules, and be sure to check back for new session information and networking opportunities.
Thursday, October 29 | 9:30-10:30am
Coronavirus Made It Clear: Our Health System Needs More Compassion
Meet the 2020 Keynote Speaker
Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH
Sandro Galea, a physician, epidemiologist, and author, is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He previously held academic and leadership positions at Columbia University, the University of Michigan, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature, and is a regular contributor to a range of public media, about the social causes of health, mental health, and the consequences of trauma. Dean Galea recently wrote Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health, where he examines healthcare in America and what factors play a role in who is well and unwell.
He has been listed as one of the most widely cited scholars in the social sciences. He is chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and past president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research and of the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. Galea has received several lifetime achievement awards. Galea holds a medical degree from the University of Toronto, graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow.
Thursday, October 29 | 9:30-10:30am
Coronavirus Made It Clear: Our Health System Needs More Compassion
The Healthier Texas Summit Series will offer new sessions from June 29 to October 29. As the Series progresses, more sessions and virtual events will be added to the schedule.
This year, registration enables you to curate your own Healthier Texas Summit Series experience. You can register for as many events as you like, or focus on a few subject areas. Please see the schedule and registration information for each session below:
To view previously recorded sessions, click here.
|Date||Time||Topic||Continuing Education Credit|
|June 29, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||Opening Conversation: Health and Social Justice||View Recording|
|June 30, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||Partnering and Collaborating Across Sectors During a Crisis||View Recording|
|July 9, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||Responding to a Pandemic: How Texas Organizations Are Pivoting to Meet Evolving Needs in the Community||View Recording|
|July 14, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||Communicating about Health During a Public Health Crisis Workshop||CHW, CHES, K-12||View Recording|
|July 23, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||Health Disparities: A Conversation on Race and Health||CHW, CHES, K-12||View Recording|
|July 28, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||Covering COVID-19 in Texas||View Recording|
|August 4, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||Food Access During a Crisis||CHW, CHES, K-12||View Recording|
|August 11, 2020||12:00 - 12:30pm CST||Facebook Session: Vaccinations for Kids to Return to School||View Session Details|
|August 13, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||Addressing Covid-19 Inequities by Empowering Community Health Workers to Prepare Texans for Public Health Emergencies||CHW, CHES, K-12||View Session Details|
|August 18, 2020||11:00 - 12:00pm CST||Collective Action in the time of COVID-19: Strategies for Working Better Together||CHW, CHES, K-12||View Session Details|
|August 20, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||Networking Session: Accessing Health Care During a Pandemic||View Session Details|
|August 25, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||State of COVID-19 Across Texas||View Session Details|
|September 3, 2020||10:30 - 11:30am CST||Defining Coalitions and their Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health||CHW, CHES, K-12||View Session Details|
|September 10, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||Healthcare & Social Care Integration: Outcomes and Sustainability||View Session Details|
|September 24, 2020||10:00 - 11:00am CST||What’s Going on with Our Mental Health in the Face of a Pandemic?||CHW, CHES, K-12||View Session Details|
|October 13, 2020||10:00 - 11:30am CST||Improving Health and Addressing Food Insecurity Across Texas Through Partnerships Between Food Banks and Health Care||CHW, CHES, K-12||View Session Details|
|October 29, 2020||9:30-10:30am CST||Coronavirus Made It Clear: Our Health System Needs More Compassion||CHW, CHES, K-12||Meet the Keynote Speaker|
Opening Conversation: Health and Social Justice
In a recent article, Sandro Galea, MD, DrPh, wrote, “There can be no health without social justice.” Recent events underscore the persistent, deeply entrenched inequities undermining the health of vulnerable populations and communities of color. This panel pulls together thought leaders from across the fields of community and population health to discuss the root causes of inequity and what is needed to truly transform health in Texas. The discussion will offer practical guidance for working internally and alongside community and government partners to advance equity, social justice, and systemic change.
William Buster, MA
Executive Vice President of Community Investments, St. David’s Foundation
Director, Houston Health Department
Stacey D. Stewart
President and CEO, March of Dimes
President and CEO, Joyce James Consulting, LLC
David L. Lakey, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, The University of Texas System
CEO, It’s Time Texas
Partnering and Collaborating Across Sectors During a Crisis
Cross-sector partnerships are more critical than ever as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens the health and broader social systems of communities across the country.
This is especially dire for individuals with complex health and social needs who may already have difficulty accessing needed services. Presenters will share actionable best practices for collaboration in this environment and reflect on opportunities for future structural change.
Executive Director, Brownsville Coalition
Nishi Viswanathan, MBBS, MBA
Director, Texas Health Catalyst Face Shield Project
Staff Attorney, Texas Legal Services Center Medical-Legal Partnerships
CEO, It’s Time Texas
Responding to a Pandemic: How Texas Organizations Are Pivoting to Meet Evolving Needs in the Community
These uniquely challenging times call for novel approaches to providing essential services, protecting vulnerable populations, and fostering community resilience.
This discussion highlights organizations that are stepping up to the challenge in navigating the current health crisis and addressing the impact of COVID-19.
Communicating about Health During a Public Health Crisis Workshop
Effective Health Communication is essential during a public health crisis. When done right, information can be shared and exchanged in an inspiring and dynamic way. This interactive presentation will explore tools that can empower individuals, populations, and communities to respond appropriately to public health issues.
Health Disparities: A Conversation on Race and Health
Founder and President, Measure
Dr. Eduardo Sanchez
Chief Medical Officer for Prevention, American Heart Association
Dr. Monica Webb Hooper
Deputy Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Dr. Leslie Weisberg
Market Chief Medical Officer, Southwest Texas Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Covering COVID-19 in Texas
COVID-19 hasn’t just been a health crisis. It’s been an information and narrative crisis. When the scientists don’t even know what’s happening yet, or agree with each other about the proper response, the role of journalists in explaining the pandemic to the public becomes even more crucial, and more challenging. Throw into the mix political polarization, racial disparities, massive protests in the streets, and the presidential election, and the job of journalists becomes incredibly interesting and complex. In this panel we’ll speak to working journalists about the many different and overlapping aspects of covering COVID-19 in Texas.
Food Access During a Crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced extraordinary shocks to our food system, impacting access and affordability across the supply chain. The disruption poses new challenges to families and schools, with marginalized communities disproportionately experiencing the consequences.
The school system serves a critical role in addressing food insecurity. In this conversation, panelists will share ways to support processes within and outside of the school system as it pertains to ensuring food security. Panelists will highlight the various roles within a community to create sustainable food access for families.
Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty
Senior Program Director, Brighter Bites
Deputy Director, Region 15 Education Service Center
Senior Program Manager, No Kid Hungry
Director of School Programs, It's Time Texas
Addressing Covid-19 Inequities by Empowering Community Health Workers to Prepare Texans for Public Health Emergencies
Action is needed to help those most affected by COVID-19 to prepare for subsequent waves and to address the long-standing issue of public health inequities.
What advances are needed in policy, advocacy, and education to address these issues? How do we engage and educate the community and what is the role of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in this process? Panelists will discuss how to empower CHWs to amplify their role in emergent public health crises.
Denise A. Hernandez, MPH, CHWI
President/Board of Directors, DFW Community Health Worker Association
Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, RD/LD, CPPS, CHWI, DipACLM, CHWC
Assistant Professor, UNT Health Science Center, Clinical Executive for Health Literacy, SaferCare Texas, Fellow and Project Director, Texas Center for Health Disparities
Melanie Stone, MPH, MEd
Assistant Director of Community Service Learning, UT Health San Antonio
Erin Carlson, DrPH, MPH
Associate Clinical Professor, Graduate Public Health Programs Director, University of Texas at Arlington
Community Health Worker System Manager, Baylor Scott & White Health
Collective Action in the time of COVID-19: Strategies for Working Better Together
Since COVID-19 hit the United States, so many families, communities, and organizations have come together to support each other and share the universal message that we are all in this together.
It is essential for governments and communities to work together more effectively, not only in public health crises, but also to deal with health equity, food insecurity, education, and other looming challenges that similarly require coordinated, large-scale responses.
State of COVID-19 Across Texas
In this conversation, epidemiologists will share an update on what we should know about COVID-19 across Texas. During a time that is filled with abundant, continuously evolving information, it’s important to hear from experts.
This overview of COVID-19 will provide tools to each of us in our respective roles to help us understand the data and how to make informed decisions.
Defining Coalitions and their Role in Addressing Social Determinants of Health
The word coalition is frequently used in many sectors and generally takes shape as a collaborative effort towards a common goal. In this conversation, panelists will share different perspectives on how they define a coalition, how one is formed, and how coalitions address social determinants of health.
Healthcare & Social Care Integration: Outcomes and Sustainability
Health care systems are increasingly being called upon to address the social and environmental factors impacting their patients' health. However, evidence to guide implementation is still limited, as are mechanisms to fund this work.
Four leaders will discuss different approaches to create sustainable initiatives that address patients’ social needs. They will also lay out the reasons funding this work is challenging, and how their projects are navigating these challenges.
Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare
Director of the Health Policy Research and Ethics Center, George Mason University
Vice President, Social Finance
Vice Dean for Health Ecosystem, Dell Medical School at UT Austin
President and CEO, Episcopal Health Foundation
What's Going on with our mental health in the face of a pandemic?
Uncertainty is the theme of 2020, and its consequences are directly affecting our mental health. Whether or not previous diagnoses existed, this pandemic is generating a new set of concerns. Experts point to increased feelings of anxiety, depression and loneliness.
Panelists will discuss the current reality of mental health in our society and what actions we must consider now and in the future.
Dr. Andy Keller
President and CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Director of Veteran Services, West Texas Counseling & Guidance
Greg Hansch, LMSW
Executive Director, NAMI Texas
Masculinity & Mental Health Trainer, Black Emotional And Mental Health (BEAM)
Dr. Frank Webster
Senior Medical Director, Health Care Serice Corporation
Improving Health and Addressing Food Insecurity Across Texas Through Partnerships Between Food Banks and Health Care
Access to healthy foods is a critical social determinant of health. Health care systems and charitable food systems across the state are partnering to identify and address the needs of food insecure individuals.
Four professionals representing health care, food banks, and hunger relief networks will discuss how food banks and health care are partnering together and with social services to support the health of Texans. They will also discuss challenges related to working across sectors, assessing outcomes, and funding.
Dr. Valerie Smith
Chair, Smith County Food Security Council
Pediatrician, St. Paul Children's Foundation
Chief Impact Officer, Feeding Texas
Esther Liew, LMSW
Food for Change Partnerships Manager, Houston Food Bank
Social Services Manager, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank
Natalie Poulos, PhD
UT System Population Health
Virtual Book Club Series Schedule
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.
Virtual Book Club Meeting Schedule
|Wednesday, September 2nd||10AM-11AM||Chapters 1-5|
|Wednesday, September 16th||10AM-11AM||Chapters 6-10|
|Wednesday, September 30th||12PM-1PM||Dr. Galea in attendance|
|Wednesday, October 14th||10AM-11AM||Chapters 11-15|
|Wednesday, October 28th||10AM-11AM||Chapters 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.
Networking and Facebook Session Schedule
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.
Health Literacy Networking Session
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
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.
Accessing Health Care During a Pandemic Networking Session
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.
Call for proposals
At the Healthier Texas Summit Series, each session will facilitate the discussion and sharing of best practices in improving the health of all Texans.
Please consider contributing your work to the conversation on uniting to transform health in Texas.
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