We know that improving health in our communities requires collaborative work with partners outside of our organizations, disciplines, silos, sectors, and comfort zones. Cross-sector work is key to preventing chronic disease, addressing social determinants of health, improving health equity, and receiving the greatest value from our health dollars. We also know that cross-sector collaboration can be difficult. But we believe Texas is up to the challenge.
At this year’s Healthier Texas Summit, we will hear stories and enter into conversations not only about our collaboration successes, but also about where it gets hard, and how challenges can be resolved, so we can more fully unite for a Healthier Texas.
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A Note From the Healthier Texas Leadership
Obesity alone will cost Texas employers a minimum of $9.5 billion dollars this year and, if current trends continue, could cost Texas employers as much as $32 billion a year by 2030.
We have a tremendous opportunity to turn the tide toward better health in Texas, but we must move quickly and work collaboratively. This is why our two organizations have joined together to create Healthier Texas – a unique public-private initiative designed to rapidly reduce the burden of preventable chronic disease in the Lone Star State. The Healthier Texas Summit represents our initiative’s first major project and an important step forward in the movement for a healthier state.
The Healthier Texas Summit will empower leaders from diverse sectors across the state with the latest science and proven approaches to improve health where Texans live, learn, and work. Whether we will be reconnecting or meeting for the first time, we look forward to seeing you in November as we all work together to improve the health of our great state.
-Drs. David Lakey and Baker Harrell