Healthier Texas Summit Series

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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

Registration Coming Soon
Read Dr. Galea’smost recent blog
Watch Dr. Galea at the Global Solutions Summit
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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.

DateTimeTopic 
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 Session Details
July 14, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTCommunicating about Health During a Public Health Crisis WorkshopView Session Details
July 23, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTHealth Disparities, Conversations on Race and HealthView Session Details
July 28, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTCovering COVID-19 in TexasView Session Details
August 4, 202010:00 - 11:00am CSTFood Access During a CrisisView Session Details
August 18, 202011:00 - 12:00pm CSTCollective Action in the time of COVID-19: Strategies for Working Better TogetherView Session Details
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, Conversations 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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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

moderator

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

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.

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Speaker

Suzii Paynter
Chief Executive Officer, Prosper Waco

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Networking Session Schedule


The Healthier Texas Summit Series will offer networking-specific sessions from July 30 to October 29.

Join us for Virtual Networking and Coffee chats to discuss and share on a broad range of topics. 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 networking schedule and 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

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?
  • 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 – WLL for Teens
  • Abilities, such as physical or mental limitations – WLL for Elderly
  • 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
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At the Healthier Texas Summit Series, each session will facilitate the discussion and sharing of best practices in improving the health of all Texans.

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Every day at It’s Time Texas, we work alongside Texans committed to improving health within their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. Our goal is a Texas where everyone – no matter where they live, their age, race, or income – has the resources, support, and opportunities to prioritize health and live their best life. Through programs and partnerships designed to advance health on multiple fronts, we are shifting behaviors, practices, and policies to make health core to what it means to be a Texan.

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