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2022 Healthier Texas Summit: Call for Proposals

*Deadline to submit a proposal is Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. It’s Time Texas and the University of Texas System are now accepting proposals for the 2022 Healthier Texas Summit, occurring October 20-21, 2022. This year’s in-person event will take place at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center…
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May 4, 2022

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Equity in Action: Utilizing a Diversified & Inclusive Framework for Systemic Change

  In the wake of the COVID pandemic, health equity has been pushed to the forefront. People living in low-income communities were hit hard by the successive waves of COVID, catastrophic natural disasters, and the trauma of isolation. The impact of the last two years will be generational unless we…
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October 26, 2021

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Tarrant County Birth Equity Collaborative

The Tarrant County Birth Equity Collaborative (BEC), co-lead by Health Equity Alliance of Tarrant County (HEAL) and Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH), was formed to reduce racial inequities in maternal and infant health by identifying, planning, and implementing upstream and downstream strategies. BEC is one of CityMatCH’s BEST Cities initiatives,…
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October 25, 2021

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Partnering and Collaborating Across Sectors During a Crisis

As communities grapple with the effects of a global pandemic, organizational leaders are being called upon to think of new approaches to providing essential services, protecting vulnerable populations, and fostering community resilience. On June 30, as part of our Healthier Texas Summit Series, It’s Time Texas CEO Amy McGeady spoke…
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July 16, 2020

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Community Lab: Examining Health Disparities in the Context of COVID-19

These past four months have been uniquely challenging times for our communities. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has required us all to adapt to new norms and adjust to the notion that life will never be the same. The pandemic has also exposed new and existing health disparities, requiring us…
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June 25, 2020

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Creativity and Cross-Sector Collaboration in a Pandemic

By Patrick Brandt, Co-founder, Get Shift Done and President, Shiftsmart It was after the Friday, March 13th press conference when the federal government declared a State of Emergency surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, that I had an “aha” moment during a conversation with a friend of mine, Anurag Jain, who is…
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June 25, 2020

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The Healthier Texas Summit Moves Online

We are living in a uniquely challenging time. The rapid spread of COVID-19 has raised new public health concerns, while magnifying existing social, economic, and environmental issues impacting the health and well-being of Texans. Like many of you, we have responded to the current moment by exploring new ways of…
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June 11, 2020

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Texas Health Professionals From All Sectors Unite For a Healthier State

Written By Drs. David Lakey, Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health and Chief Medical Officer for The University of Texas System, and Baker Harrell, Founder & CEO of IT’S TIME TEXAS Nearly two-thirds of all deaths in Texas are due to chronic disease. Most chronic diseases share three risk factors:…
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June 14, 2017

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2016 Summit Recap: Uniting for a Healthier Texas

On August 1st and 2nd, hundreds of Texans from all sectors and backgrounds, representing all corners of our vast state, gathered at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in the great city of San Antonio. Leaders from Texas’ largest corporations and healthcare providers, K-12 educators, employees at health-related agencies and community organizations, fitness instructors,…
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August 10, 2016

Summit Track Spotlight: Workplace

New to the Summit this year, the Workplace track will include presentations and panels with members of businesses and organizations and the forefront of health innovation, including ACAP Health, HealthAware Solutions, Guckenheimer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Humana, WELL, and the Houston Business Coalition on Health (HBCH). Dr.…
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May 8, 2015

Summit Track Spotlight: Policy

This year, there will be a Summit track devoted to health policy on the local, state, and federal levels. Lauren Dimitry, a health and fitness policy associate with our partner Texans Care For Children, will be leading an interactive session entitled Selling Advocacy: Creating Your How-To Toolkit. When Lauren isn’t at the capitol, she’s…
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April 25, 2015