Summit Tracks and Sessions

To break down industry silos and increase cross-sector collaboration, tracks at the Summit are flexible and cover what we believe to be the most influential forces in community and population health today. We encourage attendees to mix sessions in their own field with sessions on topics they are interested in but may know less about. While sessions may fit into more than one track, each prospective presenter should indicate the track within which the session would fit best.

Click here to download a pdf of this year’s session times and dates.
All Sessions are Subject to Change

Transforming Health Systems: Shifting from Services to Outcomes
Our U.S. health system is undergoing a paradigm shift from treating illnesses to supporting healthy people in healthy communities. Innovators are working to realign systems around population health objectives and to deliver care as a collaborative effort that extends beyond hospital and clinic walls.

Preventing Liver Cancer in Texas


  • – Barbara J Turner , Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) at UT Health San Antonio
  • – Raudel Bobadilla, Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) at UT Health San Antonio
  • – Debra Irwin, Community Health Centers of South Central Texas
  • – Brenda Westbrooks

This session will offer real world lessons about implementing Hepatitis C virus screening and management from a Chief Medical officer of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), a HCV-expert community health worker (CHW), and patient who was diagnosed with HCV through routine screening and treated.

How Health Plans Are Transforming Health in Texas


  • – Shara McClure, Divisional Senior Vice President, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
  • – Meredith Duncan, MPH, Regional Executive Director, Aetna
  • – Brock Purslow, Market Vice President, Humana Health & Wellness Solutions

Texas’ leading health plans will discuss how they are driving value, cutting costs, and reducing health disparities. Panelists will also share their strategic priorities going forward and how attendees can unite with them in transforming health in Texas.

Transforming Maternal Health and Safety


  • – Manda Hall, MD, Associate Commissioner, Community Health Improvement Division, Title V Maternal & Child Health Medical Director, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • – Leslie French, JD, Associate Commissioner for Health, Developmental and Independence Services

The transformation of the Department of State Health Services into an agency with an exclusive public health focus presents a unique opportunity for implementing maternal health and safety initiatives. The session will focus on statewide data trends and these initiatives.

Collaborative Care for Cancer Survivors


  • – Lewis Foxhall, MD, MD Anderson

Background introduction and panel discussion regarding innovative approach to improving care for adult cancer survivors. Based on CPRIT grant involving UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and Family Medicine Residency Programs, this approaches links cancer center content experts with primary care teams in Tyler, Austin and Galveston. The program aims to improve knowledge and confidence among participants in addressing unmet needs in cancer survivors cared for in their residency program practices.

CPE Credits

For those looking to further their education in a specific field, Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits will be offered for the following professions:

  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE)
  • Community Health Workers (CHW)
  • Community Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Dietitians/Nutritionists (D/N)
  • Human Resources (HR)
  • K-12 Educator (TEA)
  • Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC)
  • Social Work (SW)

For questions regarding CEC’s please email Alice Hui.

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Summit Sponsors

Thanks to these organizations for helping to transform health in Texas.
Contact us to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities.

BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
ACAP Health
American Heart Association
CVS Pharmacy
Texas Beef Council
St. Davids Foundation
Baylor Scott and White
Red McCombs