2017 Summit: Coming Soon!
November 6-7, 2017, Austin, TX
Join Texas’ most committed health champions at the 2017 Summit November 6-7, 2017 in Austin, TX to learn from the state’s most innovative change-makers. Preliminary Agenda and program details will be uploaded in the coming months. Stay tuned!
Summit Resources & Presentations
Click here to access session resources and presentations from the 2016 IT’S TIME TEXAS Summit.
What Past Participants Are Saying
Lauren Dimitry, Texans Care For Children
Kim Wilson, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
Dr. Dan McCoy, Division Senior VP & CO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
Peter Li, CEO, Atlas Wearables
Dr. Lexi Nolen, Vice President of Impact, Episcopal Health Foundation
Vicki Parsons, Director of the Ballet Austin Butler Center for Dance, Fitness, and Wellness
Audrey Thompson, Statewide Wellness Coordinator, TxDOT
Jeff Skelton, Chair, San Antonio Mayor's Fitness Council
Lauren Dimitry, Texans Care For Children“This is my third year presenting at the Summit, and I leave inspired every time. I love the opportunity to share what I've learned in my years working on state-level policy and meeting so many talented, motivated Texans. Texans Care for Children believes that every child should have access to opportunities to be fit and well-nourished. As IT’S TIME TEXAS rallies and inspires Texans and helps make healthy easier, we stand ready to deliver those messages to Texas lawmakers.”
Kim Wilson, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living"I saw with a number of my panels that panelists didn't even know each other! They were exchanging cards at the end of sessions and talking about ways that they could work together. For folks who are interested in creating healthier places, being surrounded by others who are doing it too and seeing that there really is a movement in this state is very gratifying, and reenergized us to continue with the work we're doing. IT'S TIME for the healthy choice to be the easy choice in Texas."
Dr. Dan McCoy, Division Senior VP & CO, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas"This type of event is incredibly important because it brings stakeholders from all over the state who have an interest in the healthcare of our communities, allows them to share ideas and to talk about things that work in their individual communities that can be shared and collaborated on around the state. So many times we tend to work in silos. We think we have the greatest idea, but what we really forget about is that collective effort of people working together can actually accomplish something much bigger than we could individually."
Peter Li, CEO, Atlas Wearables"I think the five separate communities [community, schools, workplace, innovation, policy] is a fantastic way to group together, because you find similar organizational strategies between them. And really, before, we've only focused on corporate wellness, so it's cool to be able to see the same exact problems prominent in all of these different verticals. We live in a world right now where it's all about mind-sharing, so getting that type of exposure is super helpful."
Dr. Lexi Nolen, Vice President of Impact, Episcopal Health Foundation"One of the things that I'll be taking home with me is really a heightened sense that this conversation about community health is happening everywhere, and that a lot of what needs to be done is connecting the dots and building capacity for collaboration, and not necessarily thinking you have to start from the ground up."
Vicki Parsons, Director of the Ballet Austin Butler Center for Dance, Fitness, and Wellness"We sometimes feel like we're alone when we face different issues in our place of employment, so when you come together, you find people who are like-minded and also have similar likes, concerns, and challenges and you can come up with solutions together. IT'S TIME for the 'me' to become 'we' as we join together to make wellness a priority in the state of Texas."
Audrey Thompson, Statewide Wellness Coordinator, TxDOT"I met very well-respected wellness professionals that I've been wanting to meet, so that was exciting. And everyone just having the same mindset about changing the health and wellness of our populations... In order to change, you have to be united, and it has to be BIG. And so, having so many diverse organizations and people together saying the same thing, that's what can have an impact."
Jeff Skelton, Chair, San Antonio Mayor's Fitness Council"Sometimes when we get caught up in our own little town or city we think we're the only ones fighting this fight. It's refreshing to meet other folks who are just as passionate and are willing to share best practices. It's humbling when folks ask about what we're doing in San Antonio and how we can help them, which of course we're always willing to do. And we can accelerate our work by learning from others. It's just been two days of really great people."
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