Summit Tracks


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 and know very little about. The better we understand the challenges and opportunities of all health-related industries, the better equipped we are to work together.


Closing the Gap Between What We Know and What We Do (in Population Health)
Research has identified and developed a host of evidence-based practices for population health improvement. So why aren't we living in a golden age of health? The daunting truth is that effectively incorporating research findings into everyday practice is far from simple. These sessions will share insights from the field of Implementation Science on how to effectively integrate evidence-based strategies and practices in your work, as well as how to use your own data to drive rapid quality improvement.
Specific session information coming soon.
If Only It Rained Money
One of the great promises of prevention is that it pays for itself. The problem is that cost-savings from prevention rarely go to the entities that generated the cost-savings. Organization A fronts the cost for prevention, but it’s Organizations B, C, and D that save money down the road. To really move the needle on prevention, we have to enable employers, insurers, agencies, non-profits, clinicians, health care systems, and other providers and funders of care to reap the return on investments in prevention. Learn about what innovators are doing to align incentives with population health priorities and establish sustainable financing for population health efforts.
Specific session information coming soon.
Making Space for Health
We know that the environments in which we live, play, work and learn impact our health. We also know that most of our environments were not built for health. So how do we get from here to there? What are practical ways to transform our environments to make them more supportive of health? And how can the health sector work together with those sectors that play a direct role in creating the built environments to ensure health is taken into consideration?
Specific session information coming soon.

The Present and Future of Health Communications

Understanding what promotes health in populations is only half (or less) of the battle. The information has to reach the people we want to serve. The messages have to be framed in ways that resonate and persuade. These sessions will share research findings and emerging trends that address how we write, visualize, design, market, share, and disseminate health information. There will be a particular focus on encouraging health with under-served populations.
Specific session information coming soon.
Leveraging Cutting-Edge Technology for Health
It will be a while until health care is delivered entirely by robots. In the meantime, health technology is advancing rapidly, from automated text reminders to telemedicine by Skype to apps and tools that track your fitness, wellness and sleep patterns. These sessions will look at current best practices in health technology and telehealth, and look forward to what’s coming soon.
Specific session information coming soon.
Developing Community Leaders and Strategic Partnerships
Engaging communities can be among the most powerful means for promoting health. It’s a challenge, though. What are the rights points of access? Who are the leaders most equipped to activate their communities, and how do you get them on board? These sessions are designed for people who are on the ground doing community outreach and coalition building, and who are interested in forming and influencing strategic, multi-sector partnerships that address health equity at local and/or statewide levels.
Specific session information coming soon.
Teaching Healthier Every Step of the Way
The range of health education materials is vast. The contexts in which we’re providing health education are numerous. The opportunities for learning from each other are great. These sessions will provide current and comprehensive information covering a broad range of activities designed to increase access to nutrition education, healthier food choices, and physical activity opportunities for Texans of all ages.
Specific session information coming soon.

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:

  • K-12 Educators
  • Human Resources
  • Community Health Workers
  • Health Educators
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors

With questions regarding CPE credits, contact Carley McCaw at Carley@itstimetexas.org.

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Early Bird Registration Available Through July 2nd, 2017!