Call for Proposals


OCTOBER 17 - 18, 2019

The Healthier Texas Summit is a two-day event for Texas’ thought leaders and health champions from diverse sectors to 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 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 2019 Healthier Texas Summit. All applications must be submitted by Monday, May 20, 2019. At this year's Summit, we will have various types of sessions that cover an array of topics supporting our collective work toward a healthier state. These presentations will include keynote speakers, symposiums, panels, workshops, facilitated discussions, a poster session, and a lightning session.


Date: October 17 - 18, 2019

Location: The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

  1. Session Designations

    The Healthier Texas Summit brings together diverse professionals from multiple sectors and industries. Because there are varying levels of knowledge and expertise in our audience members, we ask that speakers categorize their proposal as either a primer or a deep dive. This designation helps attendees select sessions that adequately address their level of understanding of the topic.

    Sessions designated as primer will offer basic principles, an overview, and/or an introductory examination of a specified topic to attendees. These sessions are ideal for introducing different sectors and non-traditional partners to the terminology, methodology, outcomes, and challenges that are relevant to the presenters industry.

    As compared to primer sessions, deep dive sessions will provide a more thorough examination or discussion of a specified topic. Deep dives require a working knowledge of the topic or industry and will build on an established body of knowledge.

  2. Tracks

    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.

    Addressing Social Factors for Better Patient Outcomes: Effective Partnerships Between Healthcare and Non-Healthcare Sectors

    To improve health outcomes of their patients, health care system innovators are experimenting with strategies to address the social and environmental factors impacting their patients' health. These strategies often include partnering with and integrating the work of professionals who specialize in addressing non-healthcare factors, including housing, legal issues, parenting support, healthy behaviors, and food insecurity. Sessions in this track will share promising practices and lessons learned for linking or integrating health care and non-health care services, and discuss individual, institutional, and system-level challenges and supports for partnerships between health care and non-health sectors.

    Selling Health: Effective Communication to Drive Change

    Health communication plays 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. Sessions in this track will focus on encouraging healthy behaviors and communicating with decision-makers.

    Advancing Health Equity: Strategies for Systemic Change

    Every person should have the opportunity to achieve optimal health, yet good health is not distributed evenly across populations. To achieve health equity, we need to implement changes to systems that impact health, as well as examine our own implicit biases as leaders and practitioners. Systemic changes include examining and refreshing policies and practices of agencies and institutions. This track will focus on creating institutional and systemic change, including strategies for identifying and addressing institutional racism and implicit biases. Session presenters will share tools, processes, assessment strategies, and lessons learned.

    Harnessing Information: Approaches to Sharing and Using Data to Power Cross-Sector Collaboration and Health Improvement

    Sound public health investments and successful multi-sector collaborations require effective systems for sharing and utilizing data and information. Inability to share data across (or within) organizations prevents the strategic and inventive use of data for the benefit of Texans and wastes valuable resources. This track includes sessions focused on data- sharing and data utilization for population health improvement.

    Fostering Healthy Places: Cross-Sector Approaches to Improve Health Where Texans Learn, Earn, and Pray

    Healthier institutions support healthier people; this is especially true of the spaces in which we invest so much of our lives. Creating deep and lasting health improvements in these settings requires a systemic approach that empowers individuals to become change agents for their health and the health of others. Sessions in this track will focus on improving health within institutions like schools, workplaces, and places of worship, through partnerships with organizations outside of the target institution.

    Building Healthy Communities: Collective Action to Drive Systemic Change

    In order to transform health, we must collectively build communities in which all people have the opportunity to thrive. When organized and led effectively, cross-sector coalitions and non-traditional partnerships at local and state levels are uniquely capable of driving systemic change toward the creation of this culture of health. Sessions in this track will focus on the use of collective action to to catalyze the creation of thriving communities through better policies, built environments, and public spaces.

    To learn more about specific sessions and topics we are interested in this year, please click here.

  3. Summit Attendees

    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.

    2019 Target Audiences:

    • Academics/Researchers

    • Employers/HR Professionals/Workplace Wellness

    • Faith Based Leaders

    • Government/ Legislative Staff/Policy Makers

    • Health Care Professionals (Both Clinical and Administrative)

    • Marketing/Communications & Technology Visionaries

    • Members of Community-Based Collaboratives and Organizations (including

      grassroots organizations)

    • Mental Health Professionals

    • Philanthropists

    • Pre-K-12 Educators and Administrators (This includes PTA, SHAC, etc.)

  4. Session Types

    All presentations should address a timely topic relevant to one track. If you are proposing a session with multiple speakers, please only provide one submission per session.

    We are currently receiving applications for the following session types:

    • Workshop (75 minutes): Workshops may be single-presenter or multi-presenter (maximum of 3) and must be highly interactive.

    • Panel (45 minutes or 75 minutes): Presentation should consist of a maximum of 3 panelists. Proposed speakers should come from different organizations with diverse viewpoints. If you wish, please include a suggested moderator when you “Add Presenters” in Step 4.

    • Single Presentation (45-minutes only): Single presentations are single-presenter and should provide sufficient time for facilitated discussion and engagement with participants.

    • Lightning Session: The lightning session format will be:5 minute presentation and 5 minute question-and-answer session. Lightning session presenters will be grouped together based on track and topic to form a session.

    • Poster Session: Poster sessions will be held at designated times during the conference to allow participants to view research findings, interact with authors, and network.

  5. Review Criteria

    All proposals will be reviewed, and notification to authors is expected to occur in June 2019. Submissions addressing one of the conference tracks will be evaluated on the following criteria:

    (1) Significance of session topic

    (2) Demonstration of collective action, cross-sector partnership, and/or how traditional silos are being broken down

    (3) Clarity of content

    (4) Relevance to selected track description

  6. Speaker Benefits

    Thank you for your interest in speaking at the 2019 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 does not compensate our speakers. Your generosity and professional expertise as a potential speaker is greatly appreciated.

    As a thank you for your time, you will receive:

    • Complimentary Summit registration (up to a $200 value);
    • Promotion of your name and credentials on the Summit website, conference program, and in all electronic and print marketing materials, where appropriate;
    • Recognition of your expertise by the University of Texas System, IT’S TIME TEXAS, and by other industry professionals;
    • Invitation to the Healthier Texas Summit VIP Reception and numerous other networking opportunities.

Steps and Instructions:

  1. Track

    Choose the track your proposal is most closely related to.
  2. Enter Title

    Enter your title, designtation, type, etc
  3. Enter Authors

    Enter author name, affiliation, and contact information.
  4. Enter Abstract Text

    You will be able to copy/paste your abstract into a text box.
  5. Confirmation

    You will have a chance to look over the submission to make sure all is complete.
  6. General Instructions

    Technical Support

    For help in submitting an abstract online, Contact technical support email Tech Support.

Begin a submission:

Poster Presentations
New Submissions Closed

Submitted Sessions (all other presentation types)
New Submissions Closed