Conferences Texas Children’s Hospital Health Equity Summit

About this Conference

Join local and national leaders in finding actionable solutions to solving health inequities.

February 8, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute
1250 Moursund St
Houston, TX 77030

Implementation science can accelerate the translation of research findings by assessing how health care professionals and organizations behave and then applying that knowledge to the process of changing routine clinical practice. Implementation science is a critical piece to getting research initiatives translated into interventions and results at the institutional and patient level. This is especially important to address health inequities. Community engagement and local community partnerships are also critical to maximize implementation and execution of initiatives in academic medicine. These partnerships help minimize the gaps that academic centers have when attempting to improve patient care particularly once patients plan to go home, which is truly needed to move the health equity needle. Houston has a wide variety of active community partners. However best practices for engagement and implementation of interventions can be better aligned to serve the needs of vulnerable communities.

On Thursday, February 8th, Texas Children's Hospital will host a Health Equity Summit entitled “Moving the health equity needle through implementation science and community partnerships”. Come join local and national leaders for a day of dynamic discussion on how to partner with communities to address health inequities. Our goal for the Summit is to bring together stakeholders who prioritize the health of underserved communities who are experts and/or have a sincere interest in 1) getting involved in community engagement and partnerships and 2) implementing and translating research into interventions and action. Through a combination of keynote speakers, research presentations, and panel discussions, we will brainstorm new solutions that involve multiple stakeholders in community engagement and dissemination and implementation science. In addition, we expect the Summit to spark innovative networking and multi-sector collaborations among key stakeholders.

Target audience: We will involve a range of stakeholders from Houston including members of businesses and corporations, healthcare workers, public health, and representatives of faith-based and other non-profit organizations. We will use the Summit as a networking opportunity to share and generate ideas for collaboration.


Rachel Thornton, MD, PhD, Vice President and Enterprise Chief Health Equity Officer, Nemours Children’s Health

Mabel Crescioni, JD, DrPH, Senior Engagement Officer, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

Kim F. Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH, Director, Office of Community Engagement and Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Arvin Garg, MD, MPH, Founding Director of the Child Health Equity Center and Vice Chair of Health Equity at UMass Chan Medical School and UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center

Maria Fernandez, PhD, Vice President of Population Health and Implementation Science and founding Co-Director of the UT Health Houston Institute for Implementation Science, UT Health Houston

Ruth Rechis, PhD, Deputy Director, Research to Community, Cancer Prevention and Control Platform, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Alison Hare, MIA, Associate Director, Public Health Preparedness and Response Division, Harris County Public Health

David Persse, MD, Chief Medical Officer, City of Houston

Parking information

Garage 15
6550 Bertner Ave

1st Floor next to the elevator lobby (map)