Healthier Texas Summit Series

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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.

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Thursday, October 29 | 9:30-10:30am

Coronavirus Made It Clear: Our Health System Needs More Compassion

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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

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Session Schedule


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.

DateTimeTopicContinuing Education Credit 
June 29, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTOpening Conversation: Health and Social Justice View Recording
June 30, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTPartnering and Collaborating Across Sectors During a CrisisView Recording
July 9, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTResponding to a Pandemic: How Texas Organizations Are Pivoting to Meet Evolving Needs in the CommunityView Recording
July 14, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTCommunicating about Health During a Public Health Crisis Workshop CHW, CHES, K-12View Recording
July 23, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTHealth Disparities: A Conversation on Race and HealthCHW, CHES, K-12View Recording
July 28, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTCovering COVID-19 in TexasView Recording
August 4, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTFood Access During a CrisisCHW, CHES, K-12View Recording
August 11, 202012:00 - 12:30pm CSTFacebook Session: Vaccinations for Kids to Return to SchoolView Session Details
August 13, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTAddressing Covid-19 Inequities by Empowering Community Health Workers to Prepare Texans for Public Health EmergenciesCHW, CHES, K-12View Session Details
August 18, 202011:00 - 12:00pm CSTCollective Action in the time of COVID-19: Strategies for Working Better TogetherCHW, CHES, K-12View Session Details
August 20, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTNetworking Session: Accessing Health Care During a PandemicView Session Details
August 25, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTState of COVID-19 Across Texas
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September 3, 202010:30 - 11:30am CSTDefining Coalitions and their Role in Addressing Social Determinants of HealthCHW, CHES, K-12View Session Details
September 10, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTHealthcare & Social Care Integration: Outcomes and SustainabilityView Session Details
September 24, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTWhat’s Going on with Our Mental Health in the Face of a Pandemic?CHW, CHES, K-12View Session Details
October 13, 202010:00 - 11:30am CSTImproving Health and Addressing Food Insecurity Across Texas Through Partnerships Between Food Banks and Health CareCHW, CHES, K-12View Session Details
October 29, 20209:30-10:30am CSTCoronavirus Made It Clear: Our Health System Needs More CompassionCHW, CHES, K-12Meet the Keynote Speaker
Monday, June 29th | 10:00 - 11:00am CST

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.

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Panelists:

William Buster, MA
Executive Vice President of Community Investments, St. David’s Foundation

Stephen Williams
Director, Houston Health Department

Stacey D. Stewart
President and CEO, March of Dimes

Joyce James 
President and CEO, Joyce James Consulting, LLC

Moderator

David L. Lakey, M.D.
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, The University of Texas System

Amy McGeady
CEO, It’s Time Texas

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Tuesday, June 30th | 10:00 - 11:00am CST

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.

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Panelists

Veronica Rosenbaum
Executive Director, Brownsville Coalition

Nishi Viswanathan, MBBS, MBA
Director, Texas Health Catalyst Face Shield Project

Daphne McGee
Staff Attorney, Texas Legal Services Center Medical-Legal Partnerships

Patrick Brandt
President, Shiftsmart

Moderator

Amy McGeady
CEO, It’s Time Texas

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Tuesday, July 9th | 10:00 - 11:00am CST

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.

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Speakers

Priscila Garza
Healthy Community School Coordinator, Goose Creek Consolidated ISD

Celia Cole
Chief Executive Officer, Feeding Texas

Christine Kutnick
Chief Operating Officer, The Caring Foundation

Moderator

Amy McGeady
CEO, It’s Time Texas

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Tuesday, July 14th | 10:00 - 11:00am CST

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.

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Speaker

Dr. Michael Mackert
Director, Center for Health Communication, University of Texas at Austin

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Tuesday, July 23rd | 10:00 - 11:00am CST

Health Disparities: A Conversation on Race and Health

The pandemic has shone a spotlight on health disparities and created an opportunity to address the causes underlying these inequities. During this conversation panelists will explore the disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on minority communities, what we can do now to combat these disturbing health inequities, and how we can ensure equal access for all.
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Panelists

Meme Styles
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

Moderator

Dr. Leslie Weisberg
Market Chief Medical Officer, Southwest Texas Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2020 10:00 - 11:00AM CST

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.

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Panelists

Syeda Hasan
KERA

Dan Solomon
Texas Monthly

Elizabeth Bruenig
New York Times

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Dr. Ricardo Nuila
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston

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Tuesday, August 4th | 10:00 - 11:00am CST

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.

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Panelists

Debra Franco
Child Hunger Outreach Specialist, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty

Mike Pomeroy
Senior Program Director, Brighter Bites

Laura Strube
Deputy Director, Region 15 Education Service Center

Franco Cruz
Senior Program Manager, No Kid Hungry

Moderator

Joycelyn Jurado
Director of School Programs, It's Time Texas

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Thursday, August 13th | 10:00 - 11:00am CST

Addressing Covid-19 Inequities by Empowering Community Health Workers to Prepare Texans for Public Health Emergencies

Brought to you by SaferCare Texas

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.

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Panelists

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

Moderator

Ashley Rodriguez
Community Health Worker System Manager, Baylor Scott & White Health

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Tuesday, August 18th | 11:00 - 12:00pm CST

Collective Action in the time of COVID-19: Strategies for Working Better Together

Brought to you by Humana

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.

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Speaker

Suzii Paynter March
Chief Executive Officer, Prosper Waco

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Tuesday, August 25th | 10:00 - 11:00Am CST

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.

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Speakers

Dr. Shreela V. Sharma
Professor of Epidemiology, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

Dr. Bijal Bala
Associate Professor & Regional Dean, UT School of Public Health in Dallas

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 10:30 - 11:30AM CST

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.

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Panelists

Sheena Payne
Director of Community Affairs, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Kelli Becerra
Community Partnerships Manager, Healthy Williamson Couty

Moderator

Elena Marks
President and CEO, Episcopal Health Foundation

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 10:00 - 11:30AM CST

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.

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Panelists

Salil Deshpande
Chief Medical Officer, UnitedHealthcare

Len Nichols
Director of the Health Policy Research and Ethics Center, George Mason University

Nirav Shah
Vice President, Social Finance

Mini Kahlon
Vice Dean for Health Ecosystem, Dell Medical School at UT Austin

Moderator

Elena Marks
President and CEO, Episcopal Health Foundation

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Thursday, September 24th | 10:00 - 11:00am CST

What's Going on with our mental health in the face of a pandemic?

Brought to you by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

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.

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Panelists

Dr. Andy Keller
President and CEO, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Paul Keeton
Director of Veteran Services, West Texas Counseling & Guidance

Greg Hansch, LMSW
Executive Director, NAMI Texas

Leroy Mitchell
Masculinity & Mental Health Trainer, Black Emotional And Mental Health (BEAM)

Moderator

Dr. Frank Webster
Senior Medical Director, Health Care Serice Corporation

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Tuesday, October 13th | 10:00 - 11:30am CST

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.

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Panelists

Dr. Valerie Smith
Chair, Smith County Food Security Council 
Pediatrician, St. Paul Children's Foundation

Rachel Koay
Chief Impact Officer, Feeding Texas

Esther Liew, LMSW
Food for Change Partnerships Manager, Houston Food Bank

April Rosales
Social Services Manager, El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank

Moderator

Natalie Poulos, PhD
UT System Population Health

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Well, Sandro Galea
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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.

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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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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.

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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moderator

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.
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Speakers

Christine Kutnick 
Chief Operating Officer, The Caring Foundation

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

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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.

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moderator

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

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