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A Texas View: 2nd Annual Healthscape Symposium

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Virtual symposium on programs, research and policies addressing the broader drivers of health.

(All panels are virtual unless otherwise noted & will use ZOOM, Central Time; Links will be sent to those registered.)

TUES, Nov 29th 4-6pm (CT)
4-5pm Population Health: Leveraging the Healthscape. Navkiran Shokar, MD, MPH, Chair, Population Health, Dell Medical School, with an introduction by Mini Kahlon, PhD, Vice Dean for Health Ecosystem, Dell Medical School.
5-6pm Long COVID, Jobs & Life. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, MD, Professor & Chair, Dept of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio, Michael Brode, MD, Asst Professor, Dept of Internal Medicine, Dell Medical School, & Katie Bach, Senior Fellow Brookings Institute.  

WED, Nov 30th 9am-5pm (CT); THURS, Dec 1st 9am-3pm (CT)
Wed 4-5pm Go Austin/Vamos Austin - A Decade of Community-Organizing for Health in Austin Neighborhoods. Carmen Llanes-Pulido, Executive Director, GAVA.  

  • Go Austin / Vamos Austin (GAVA), is an initiative powered by the people of the Eastern Crescent, building community power for health equity. We develop strong networks of those who live, work and worship in Dove Springs (Southeast), 78745 (South) and in the Rundberg area and St. Johns neighborhood (North central), to increase access to healthy food and physical activity, address root causes of health disparities, and increase neighborhood stability in the face of increasing climate shocks & stressors and rising living costs.  Born and raised in Austin on "both sides of the highway," Llanes Pulido is a second generation community organizer with over 15 years of experience in environmental justice organizing, public health, racial & economic justice and leadership development.  Llanes Pulido serves on the City of Austin Planning Commission. She previously chaired the Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Commission to make equitable budget recommendations. In 2013 she served on the inaugural Independent Citizen's Redistricting Commission, which drew maps for Austin's first geographically representative city council.  Llanes Pulido holds an interdisciplinary B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Chicago. She was a Green For All Academy Fellow in 2011, and a 2019-20 Fulcrum Fellow with the Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.


Panels: Current as of 10/18
Maximizing Programs in the Clinic by Supporting Lives: Musculoskeletal Care & Dementia. Alyssa Aguirre, MSW, Asst Director Dementia Center, UT Health Austin & Asst Professor Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Mica Guzman, MD, Family Medicine specialist & Primary Care Clinical Director, UT Health Austin Musculoskeletal Clinic.

How do they get here & where do they go? The Case of Transplant & Congenital Heart Surgery. Joel Adler, MD, MPH, Asst Professor of Surgery, Dell Medical School, Sean Upshaw, PhD, Asst Professor Moody College of Communication, Health Communications Institute, Andrew Well, MD, Asst Professor of Surgery, Dell Medical School, Kathy Carberry, RN, MPH, Outcomes Program Officer, Value Inst for Health & Care, Dell Medical School & McCombs School of Business & Asst Professor, Medical Education, Dell Medical School.
The Future of Telehealth. Matt Kammer-Kerwick, PhD, Senior Research Scientist IC2 Institute, Sharmila Rudrappa,PhD Professor, Dept of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts, Katie Trainum, RN, Graduate Student, School of Nursing, Moderated by S. Craig Watkins, PhD, Professor & Executive Director IC2 Institute, UT Austin.
Air Pollution & Health Disparities: An Austin Assessment. Elizabeth Mueller, PhD, Assoc Professor Community & Regional Planning, School of Architecture, Catherine Cubbin, PhD, Assoc Professor Community Safety, School of Social Work, Sarah Chambliss, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow & Corwin Zigler, PhD, Assoc Professor, Dept of Statistics & Data Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, Elizabeth Matsui, MD, MHS, Professor, Dept of Population Health, Dell Medical School.
Heat Stress: Housing, Construction & Health. Facilitated by Yosha Singh, Medical Student, Dell Medical School, Bethany Boggess Alcauter, PhD, MPH, Director, Evaluation & National Agriculture Worker Health Program, National Center for Farmworker Health, Andrea Nicholls, MPH, Director Better Builder Program, Workers Defense Project, Amelia Nicot, Media Director & Volunteer Street Forum ATX.
Forensic Evaluations for Asylum-Seeker Cases: Building a Medical School Program. Alba Lara, MD Lead Psychiatrist at Babylon Health & Asylee, Joshua Collier, Community Health Worker, & Medical Student leadership team: Scott Spivey-Provincio, Hannah Rashdan, John Saxton, Cynthia Sani.

THURS, Dec 1st In-Person (virtual option available) 4-6pm (CT)
4-5pm Re-imagining a National Investment in Food and Health. Ricardo Salvador, PhD in conversation with special guests to be announced.  Location: Dell Med Campus, Health Learning Building Auditorium. 15th & Red River St. Parking validated.
5-6pm Food, Drink & Company: Join Us. 

  • Ricardo Salvador, PhD, is the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Before coming to UCS, Dr. Salvador served as a program officer for food, health, and well-being with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation & was Assoc. Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University. Dr. Salvador has been interviewed by the BBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, National Public Radio, Democracy Now!, MSNBC, The Boston Globe, and other leading global publications. In addition, he has authored opinion columns for The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Washington Post, including a 2014 call for a coherent national food policyHe is a member of the International Panel of Experts in Sustainable Food and advises institutions influencing policy such as the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, The Land Institute, The Center for Good Food Purchasing, FoodCorps, the HEAL Food Alliance, and others.

Register here.