The University of Texas System, in collaboration with UT Pan American and UT Brownsville, hosted its first VistaSummit in October of 2011, bringing together local, state, and national leaders from education, industry, economic development, policy, health, government and philanthropy. The VistaSummit reinforced the need to work collectively as a region, and three areas emerged: Education, Health, and Community Prosperity.
In April 2012, the second Summit focused on education. Educational leaders and community partners were brought together to engage in a candid, intimate dialogue with national experts and foundation and philanthropic leaders about the future of education in the Rio Grande Valley. The goal of the Summit was to develop a regional action plan with fundable projects centered on the region's greatest asset—its people. Proposed concepts presented a systematic and holistic approach to improve both access to and success in higher education by strengthening the higher education pipeline and reducing time to baccalaureate and master's degrees.
Now we turn our focus to health. Join us as Valley leaders and experts explore community-based solutions for a healthier Rio Grande Valley. The VistaSummit: Health will challenge you to consider new opportunities as collectively we continue on the path of transforming the region.
This is your opportunity to see firsthand how the Valley is addressing health issues and how you can make a difference.
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|Time||Topic||Speaker / Moderator|
|9:00 am||Welcome Remarks||Veronica Gonzales,
Vice President for University Advancement, UT Pan American, MC
Robert S. Nelsen,
President, UT Pan American
Juliet V. Garcia,
President, UT Browsville
|9:20 am||Chancellor's Remarks||Francisco G. Cigarroa,
M.D., Chancellor, UT System
|9:30 am||Perspective - A National Epidemic Impacting the Rio Grande Valley|
|9:45 am||What is working to improve health in the Valley?
|Dr. Joe McCormick,
Vice President for South Texas Programs,UTHSC-SA and
Regional Dean, UTHealth
|10:30 – 10:45 am||BREAK|
|10:50 am||Re-Creating Healthier and More Vibrant Cities||Gil Penalosa,
|11:45 am – 1:00 pm||LUNCH
Lunch Keynote (12:15 pm)
Center for Public Policy Priorities
|1:00 pm||How are we preparing the next generation of health professionals in the Valley?
|Dr. Adela Valdez,
Assistant Regional Dean for Medical Education, Regional Academic Health Center – Harlingen
|1:45 pm||How do we address the chronic health conditions in the Valley?
|Dr. Ken Shine,
Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UT System
|2:30 – 2:45 pm||BREAK|
|2:45 pm||What can I do to improve health in the Valley?
|Dr. Belinda Reininger,
Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science,
UT School of Public Health
|3:20 pm||Closing||Francisco G. Cigarroa,
M.D., Chancellor, UT System
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Summit registration is free, but you must register below in order for us to guarantee your spot.
Online Registration has now closed. You may register on site but lunch may not be provided.