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June 20, 2024

Announcing Keynote Speakers for the 2024 Healthier Texas Summit!

Announcing Keynote Speakers for the 2024 Healthier Texas Summit!

We are thrilled to announce the keynote speakers for the 2024 Healthier Texas Summit, set to take place in Austin on October 10th-11th. This year’s summit promises to be a transformative event, bringing together thought leaders and health champions from across the state to address the evolving challenges and opportunities in public health. Early Bird registration is now open, offering significant savings for those who register early!

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

Dr. Michael C. Lu

Dr. Michael C. Lu is the Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Before his tenure at Berkeley, Dr. Lu served as the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau under the Obama Administration. He launched key initiatives to reduce maternal, infant, and child mortality nationwide. His outstanding leadership earned him the Hubert H. Humphrey Service to America Award in 2013. Dr. Lu’s research at UCLA focused on racial-ethnic disparities in birth outcomes, and he has been a practicing obstetrician for nearly two decades, attending over 1,000 births. He has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America since 2005 and continues contributing to the field through his research and publications.

Travis County Judge Andy Brown

Judge Andy Brown serves as the Travis County Judge, presiding over the Commissioners Court and overseeing a $1.4 billion annual budget. As the County’s chief administrator and Director of Emergency Management, Judge Brown has made significant strides in increasing resources for historically underserved communities. His leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic included prioritizing vaccination efforts for communities of color and providing essential support during winter storm Uri.

Judge Brown is committed to improving mental and behavioral health services, expanding affordable housing, and promoting transparency and community participation in county governance. Under his guidance, the Commissioners Court has funded $110 million for housing for people experiencing homelessness, creating up to 3,000 additional housing units in Austin and Travis County.

Nelson William Wolff

Nelson Wolff’s distinguished career in public service includes roles in the Texas House of Representatives, Texas Senate, San Antonio City Council, and as Mayor of San Antonio. As Bexar County Judge, Wolff reorganized county government, led major economic and infrastructure projects, and established specialty courts focusing on rehabilitation.

Additionally, his efforts have significantly modernized Bexar County governance. Among his many achievements, Wolff is the architect of the nation’s first all-digital public library, BiblioTech. An accomplished author, he has received numerous awards for his contributions to public service and leadership.

Early Bird Registration Now Open!

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from these inspiring leaders at the Healthier Texas Summit. Register now to take advantage of our Early Bird rates:

  • General: $275.00
  • Government/Nonprofit/School: $225.00
  • Students: $125.00
  • Group Discount: $15 off per ticket for groups of 5 or more

Lunches are included with paid registrations. Non-paid registrants can purchase lunch tickets during registration or on-site.

Join us at the Healthier Texas Summit! To connect with public health professionals, gain valuable insights, and drive positive change towards a healthier Texas.



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