Why It's Time
Unhealthy has become our new normal.
More than two-thirds of Texas adults and one-third of Texas children are overweight or obese. The situation has led to epidemics of preventable chronic diseases that erode our quality of life while piling on billions in associated healthcare costs. The worsening health crisis is one that we cannot afford and have limited time to fix. Yet, the causes are so complex and widespread that no single intervention will reverse it.
At It’s Time Texas, we recognize that solving the health crisis requires a collaborative, multilayered approach that addresses the individual, cultural, organizational, community and policy factors that influence the extent to which people have access and opportunities to lead healthier lives.
The good news is that there is a growing movement of people, organizations, and institutions committed to creating a culture of health in the Lone Star State. We exist to champion that movement. By uniting and mobilizing our collective efforts, we can create a thriving future for our families, our communities, and our state.
Jamie Williams, Chief Executive Officer
It’s Time Texas, a statewide non-profit focused on empowering Texans to lead healthier lives through community-focused initiatives, has announced that Jamie Williams will be the new CEO beginning August 26, 2022. Williams, the current Vice President of Development, will take over following Dr. Amy McGeady’s leave.
Williams joined It’s Time Texas in June 2021 and has spent the majority of her professional career helping organizations achieve health equity. She has a breadth of previous experience leading teams at national voluntary health organizations, including Susan G. Komen. This, combined with her experience at It’s Time Texas, position her uniquely for this role.
“Jamie has a passion for health equity and a pragmatic approach to solving tough problems. Bringing these skills together has allowed her to deliver strong value working with non-profits in the communities that they serve,” said Pratish Kanani, board chair of It’s Time Texas. “As we continue to strive for a healthier Texas, we look forward to Jamie’s leadership in this role.”
“I am thrilled with our board’s decision to select Jamie as It’s Time Texas’ next CEO,” added McGeady. “Jamie is a visionary leader who will continue to take the organization forward in championing health for all Texans.”
In addition to leading the development team, Jamie has been instrumental in spearheading the 2022 Healthier Texas Summit, where health care and public health professionals from across the state will unite to transform health in Texas. She has played a key role in the organization’s impact strategy and vision for using multiple platforms to empower community leaders throughout Texas to be champions for healthy change.
“I’m so humbled by the opportunity to lead It’s Time Texas in its mission to advance health for all Texans,” said Williams. “It’s Time Texas has the unique capability to convene change-makers and drive innovations to solve public health crises across the state. By empowering health champions to address the policies and systems that impact health in the places we live, work and play, we will reduce the chronic disease incidence that is robbing Texans of years of health, happiness, family and fellowship.”
McGeady, who has been the chief executive officer since 2019, will depart August 25, 2022, to take on a leadership role with a national professional services proposal development firm. Prior to working with It’s Time Texas, McGeady built and owned her own proposal writing company. During her time as CEO, McGeady led the organization through the unanticipated events of the global pandemic, secured $12.5M in government contracts and $1.3M in grants, and led the development of a community grant program that awarded $400,000 to community partners whose work is advancing health equity in cities across Texas.
Featured Tools & Resources
Free Telehealth Coaching
Coaching available in English and Spanish, this free, confidential service via phone, text, and video provides support in setting health goals, establishing healthier habits, and preventing and managing chronic conditions.
Collaborative Innovations for Community Health
Through the generosity of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® grant, It’s Time Texas awarded eight sub-grants totaling $300,000 to community-based organizations who are able to mobilize and rapidly deploy resources where they are needed most within four designated areas of Texas.
Healthier Texas Summit
The 2022 Healthier Texas Summit is returning in-person this year in Austin, Texas! During this premier community and population health conference, Texas’ thought leaders and health champions gather to connect, share innovative ideas and effective practices, and build cross-sector relationships that are key to building a healthier Texas.
Virtual Fitness Classes
Powered by It’s Time Texas, Stronger Austin delivers FREE, virtual fitness classes and nutrition education programs, removing any financial barriers facing our most vulnerable communities and making health accessible to all Texans. Virtual fitness classes are available in Spanish and English.
It’s Time Texas provides a diverse set of toolkits to support organizations and communities with resources to build capacity while mobilizing efforts to implement healthy change.
The Community Challenge
The past eight weeks, we’ve brought health to the forefront of conversations and made it a focus throughout Texas communities! We are so proud of this year’s Community Challenge participants and will continue to support Texans across the state in making healthier choices, leading to a healthier state. Keep your eyes out for an email regarding 2023 registration!
Nutrition Education Videos
It’s Time Texas works to build healthier lives and healthier communities across Texas through interactive programming and educational materials. We encourage you to utilize our nutrition education videos as a resource and as personal support throughout your health journey.
It’s Time Texas’ Community Lab is an innovative, web-based forum providing FREE, interactive training and support to CHCs & SHACS throughout Texas. Each month, Community Lab members will have the opportunity to make social connections with peers, learn best practices from experts in the field, and receive peer-to peer feedback on their collaborative’s work.
The Community ChallengeThe It’s Time Texas Community Challenge is back and stronger than ever for 2022! For eight weeks, Texans come together as individuals, employers, communities, and schools to engage in a friendly health competition. Learn more and sign up today!Learn More
Free Telehealth CoachingAs a mission-driven organization, we’re committed to making health coaching available to any Texan ready to make healthy change. There’s no cost and no pressure to commit. So give us a call and see for yourself the difference it can make in your life.Learn More
Virtual Fitness ClassesWe're proud to offer free, virtual group exercise classes in Spanish and English.Learn More
Collaborative Innovations for Community HealthThrough the generosity of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® grant, It’s Time Texas awarded eight sub-grants totaling $300,000 to community-based organizations who are able to mobilize and rapidly deploy resources where they are needed most within four designated areas of Texas.Learn More
SHAC SupportThe SHAC-in-Action: Partnering for Healthy Kids project helps initiate, enhance, and support SHACs throughout the state of Texas! Access tools and resources to put your SHAC in actions!Learn More
The Healthier Texas SummitA premier population health conference, the Healthier Texas Summit offers informative sessions and interactive workshops, with education credits available for numerous professions.Learn More
Community LabIt’s Time Texas’ Community Lab is an innovative, web-based forum providing FREE, interactive training and support to CHCs & SHACS throughout Texas. Each month, Community Lab members will have the opportunity to make social connections with peers, learn best practices from experts in the field, and receive peer-to peer feedback on their collaborative’s work.Learn More
Regional Workshop SeriesA collaboration between It’s Time Texas, SNAP-Ed, and regional constituents, the It’s Time Texas Regional Workshop Series aims to empower local health champions with the skills, knowledge, resources, and connections to improve health within their schools, workplaces, and communities.Learn More