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OCTOBER 25-26, 2018
The Healthier Texas Summit is a two-day event for Texas’ thought leaders and health champions to share best practices, discuss current trends and innovations in population and community health, and make connections that will catalyze their work. The only health event of its kind in the state, the Healthier Texas Summit offers informative sessions, town hall conversations, and interactive workshops, with education credits available for numerous professions.
Join us this October as we seek to empower Texans to lead healthier lives and build healthier communities.
IT'S TIME TEXAS and The University of Texas System are pleased to issue a call for presenters for the 2018 Healthier Texas Summit. All applications must be submitted by April 27th, 2018. At this year's Summit, we will have 48 sessions inspired by the theme “Uniting to Transform Health in Texas” that cover an array of topics supporting our collective work toward a healthier state. These presentations will include keynote speakers, symposiums, single presenter breakout sessions, multi-speaker breakout sessions, panels and workshops.
Date: October 25-26th, 2018
Location: The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Theme: "Uniting to Transform Health in Texas"
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.
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. While sessions may fit into more than one track, each prospective presenter should indicate the track within which the session would fit best.
|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. Session topics appropriate to this track include: examples of new models in patient care and payment; quality improvement and implementation strategies; and strategic integration with outside partners.|
|Fostering Healthy Places: Impacting Schools and Organizations||Healthier environments make healthier people; this is especially true of the spaces in which we spend the most time, such as schools and workplaces. Cultivating physical environments and effective health programs in these settings requires practical thinking and creative problem-solving. Session topics appropriate to this track include: how different types of health (mental, physical, environmental) can be nurtured in these spaces, interventions, policies, and environmental changes that have had a demonstrated impact on health, and sustainable approaches to funding school and workplace wellness programs.|
|Advancing Health Equity: Better Health for All||Every person should have the opportunity to achieve optimal health, yet good health is not distributed evenly across populations. Without an intentional focus on equity, improvements to our health systems and environments can end up benefiting those groups that already enjoy better health more than those with poorer health, thereby perpetuating or even exacerbating health disparities. Sessions in this track will focus on strategies to ensure that all populations benefit from quality health care and healthy environments. Session topics appropriate to this track include: culturally and linguistically appropriate services (training, assessment and delivery), health equity metrics, assessing policies and services through a health equity lens, and evidence-based practices to promote health equity.|
|Powering Healthy Change: Harnessing Health Communication and Technology||Health communication and technologies can play an important role not just in disseminating health information, but in influencing behavior, supporting individuals’ desires to live healthier, improving communications between practitioners and the public, and facilitating collaboration. Session topics appropriate to this track include: best practices in health communication and promotion; innovative and effective health-related technology; and what’s around the bend in technology and communication.|
|Nurturing Community Health: Growing and Leveraging Assets||Community health councils and coalitions can be powerful structures for catalyzing and sustaining community-wide health improvement. When organized and led effectively, these cross-sector collaboratives are uniquely capable of driving systemic change in a region. Session topics appropriate to this track include: success stories (and struggles) from individual communities; collaborative frameworks and collective approaches to improve community health; best practices in needs assessment, asset mapping, and community planning; and strategies to increase collaboratives' capacity to grow and sustain their efforts.|
Our planning committee is seeking presentations that, in addition to fitting the theme of one of the tracks, also intersect with cross-cutting topics like data, policy, and financing. Proposed sessions aren't required to address any of these "threads," but it is encouraged.
At the Healthier Texas Summit, participants will learn and engage with professionals from many sectors through information sessions, town hall conversations, interactive workshops, and an expo. All attendees will identify barriers to creating a culture of wellness and discover solutions for their institution and communities by utilizing innovative Summit resources and networking opportunities.
2018 Target Audiences:
Thank you for applying to speak at the 2018 Healthier Texas Summit! The Healthier Texas Summit is a production of IT’S TIME TEXAS, a statewide nonprofit, and The University of Texas System, School of Population Health. As a private/public entity, The Healthier Texas Summit has hosted premiere speakers from across the country on a pro bono basis. Your generosity and professional expertise as a potential speaker is greatly appreciated.
All speakers selected to present at this year’s conference will receive the following benefits:
With questions or concerns, please contact Carley@itstimetexas.org