News & Updates

The Health Industry Council is a non-profit, member-driven organization dedicated to advancing and supporting the health industry in North Texas.

As a unique collaboration of organizations committed to the development and delivery of quality and innovative healthcare, the Council is the principal resource for networking and thought leadership in Dallas/Fort Worth.

It Takes a Village: Actions Towards a Healthier and Safer North Texas

Co-hosted by Parkland Health and Hospital System, the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Tarrant County Public Health Department, the Health Industry Council, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation, Dallas County Health and Human Services, and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Fellowship Church
9330 North Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas 75231

7:30 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. Introduction
by Eduardo J. Sanchez, MD, M.P.H., Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

The Intersection of Community Development and Health
by Larry Cohen, MSW, Founder and Executive Director, Prevention Institute

10:30 a.m. Next Steps: Where We Go From Here
(invite only) Facilitated Discussion with Larry Cohen

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

It Takes a Village: Actions for a Healthier and Safer North Texas will bring together corporations, nonprofit organizations, governments, faith-based organizations, academic entities and private citizens interested in the health and safety of our region.
This event has two parts. The first, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., is open to anyone interested in promoting the health and safety of our region.
The second part of this event, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., is for leaders in the corporate, nonprofit, government, faith-based, academic and civic sectors. Separate invitations will be sent to them. There will be a facilitated discussion about how all sectors can help improve health, wellness and safety in North Texas to promote community and economic development.

Follow-up Materials

List of Attendees

Spectrum of Prevention

Two Steps to Prevention

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TMF Readmissions: Developing a Community Focus

Flyer Feb 15th

No fee for attending. Bring your team to learn best practices for coalition building.

National readmissions expert Dr. Jane Brock opens this all-day conference that focuses on fostering a community, cross-setting approach to lowering readmission rates. Speakers and panel participants share their successes as well as strategies to overcome barriers. Learn how to engage all providers in the health care continuum in your readmissions project.

February 15, 2012
8 a.m – 4:30 p.m.
UT Dallas Jindal School of Management
at the Alexander Clark Center
800 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080-3021
Health care professionals from all health care settings should attend this event.

Register online:
Call 1-512-334-1803 for more information.

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Excellence in Nursing

Westin Galleria Dallas
13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75240

Tuesday, February 21 | 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Join the editors of D Magazine for the inaugural Excellence in Nursing awards reception honoring nurses who have made a difference in the lives of their patients and colleagues. This pre-publication celebration will honor 86 finalists in 20 categories, and the winners in each category will be unveiled during a special awards presentation.
The inspirational evening will include hors d’oeuvre, dinner, cocktails, dessert, and complimentary valet parking.

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Toma Las Riendas: Live Chat with AHRQ

Toma Las Riendas campaign is part of AHRQ’s month-long effort to raise awareness of AHRQ’s Spanish-language Effective Health Care Program consumer materials and health professional resources among Hispanic consumers and clinicians who serve Hispanic patients. The effort encourages Hispanics to take control of their health and explore treatment options.To learn more about the initiative, please visit

This Wednesday, December 7, 2011, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will host a live chat with Scientific Review Officer Dr. Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez on its Spanish-language Facebook page (

Interested participants are encouraged to post questions on the Facebook wall in advance of the chat, or submit them to Questions will also be accepted during the chat. Examples of questions include: How many treatment options are there for Type 2 diabetes? What is the difference between an ACEI and an ARB for treating high blood pressure? How effective is surgery for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

Dr. Ileana Ponce-Gonzalez, is the campaign’s spokesperson. She is the Scientific Review Officer for AHRQ, and is the Toma las riendas campaign spokesperson. She has a degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Nicaragua, a degree in Clinical Genetics from the University of Chile, and a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She previously worked at the National Institutes of Health, National Latina Health Network, and La Clínica del Pueblo in Washington, DC primarily in the area of health promotion for Hispanics. Dr. Ponce-González has practiced medicine and public health in her native Nicaragua, the United States, Chile, and Mexico.

 She is regularly used as the voice/image for ARHQ’s Spanish language articles, podcasts and videos, which can be found both and

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DBJ: Healthiest Employers in North Texas

Healthiest Employers

Event Date:  April 12

Nomination Deadline:  February 13

The Dallas Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers program recognizes North Texas organizations that are committed to creating a healthy workplace. If your company goes the extra mile when it comes to wellness, submit a nomination today!


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Resource: Fundamentals of Reform (LarsonAllen)

This paper is the first in a series on health care reform and its potential impact on providers across the continuum of care. No one will be excluded from the evolutionary changes that will reshape our health care landscape over the next decade, regardless of what ultimately becomes of federal reform laws. Discussions about these changes are complex and the vernacular confusing. Within this publication, LarsonAllen aims to clarify and create a roadmap for providers.

Downlad a copy of the White Paper:

Find More Resources at


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Save the Date 2012 SW Healthcare Transactions Conference

5th Annual Southwest Healthcare Transactions Conference


May 16 & 17, 2012

Omni Dallas Hotel  |  555 S. Lamar, Dallas 75202

Disruptive Innovation in Healthcare Services
May 16 | Afternoon Workshop
featuring Jason Hwang, M.D., M.B.A., Co-founder and Executive Director of Healthcare, Innosight Institute and case study presentations by executives of forward-thinking companies from around the nation who are employing disruptive innovation to change the face of healthcare.

Networking Reception  |  May 16

Unlocking the Future of Healthcare
May 17 | Full Day Conference
Join top performers in the healthcare deal community from across the nation to share strategies, trends, and approaches to creative deal making in today’s rapidly changing marketplace.

More Information and Registration Open at!

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Texas In-Depth Market Report: HealthLeaders Media

Texas Healthcare: Pioneering New Models of Accountable Care

HealthLeaders magazine will produce a special supplement on the state of Texas for distribution in their December publication to 40,000 qualified C-level subscribers and over 200,000 registered online readers.

HealthLeaders is producing this supplement in conjunction with the Health Industry Council of North Texas.

The supplement will showcase strategies implemented across the Texas payer and provider landscape that enable accountability and compliance:

> Transitional care models as strategic business decisions
> Patient care accountability outside hospital walls and physician offices
> Funding care coaching, prevention measures, and effective care setting transfers
> Healthcare reform and its possible local impact that could have national implications

Focusing on Texas as a national forerunner within our industry, the special section will feature providers who have taken a proactive approach. It will also contain a listing of Health Industry Council members and related information.  As such, it is a great vehicle for further raising the North Texas profile as a key industry market.

As a part of developing this supplement, HealthLeaders is extending special, one-time sponsorship rates for Council Members that wish to advertise in the supplement.  To learn more about this limited advertising opportunity, please contact

Or download the  Pricing Sheet here!

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THIC is Moving Offices

Move Day… September 30, 2011.

New Address:  511 E. John Carpenter Freeway, Ste. 600  |  Irving, Texas 75062

NOTICE: During our move (Friday, September 30 from 8:00am until Monday, October 3 at 8:00am)  you will NOT be able to access Council or ACHE Staff via phone or email. In an emergency, you may contact us by cell:  Nancy Williams – (817) 271-2842  |  Leslie Casey – (214) 684-1348  | Lisa Cox – (817) 988-1542

The Health Industry Council of North Texas has resided at it’s current location on Skyway Circle for almost 10 years. We are moving just down 114, still within Las Colinas, to a multi-story building and will call Suite 600 home for the next several years. The process of finding and building out new offices has been time-consuming and arduous, but we are excited about the new location and cannot wait for our active members to come visit.

THIC phone number will stay the same |  972-256-2291

ACHE phone number will stay the same |  972-812-1154

THIC email addresses have changed to a new suffix…  |  |  lisa

Inspired by the renovation of our physical location, our websites have been updated as well – check out all the news and features on   &

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The Future of Community Interventions

November 3 & 4, 2011
8:30am to 3:30pm both days

Download Registration Form_

Arlington Education Center
Professional Building
1111 W. Arbrook Blvd
Arlington, Texas 76015

This event is designed for health professionals, nonprofit leaders, social workers and hospital administrators. CEUs are available.

Featured Evidence Based Programs for Workshop

o   Reach II/Caregiver Education & Support

o   Matter of Balance/Falls Prevention

o   Better Choices, Better Health/Chronic Disease Self Management

o   Care Transitions Intervention/Improving Patient Transitions from Hospital to Home

o   Healthy Ideas/Reducing Depression in Older Adults

o   CATCH/Coordinated Approach to Child Health

  • Drumming Demonstration/Evidence Based Music Therapy Program

o   Asthma 411/Evidence Based Asthma Management for Children

o   Home Meds/ Evidence Based Medication Managment

Learn from a panel of experts about programs that work, save money  and improve
patient outcomes

Featured Speakers:

Marcia Ory, PhD, MPH
Director, Program on Healthy Aging
College Station, Texas

Cindy Quinn, BS
Program Coordinator, School of Rural Public Health
Texas A&M Health Science Center

Anne Slonim Rafal, PhD, LCSW
Aging Texas Well Coordinator Research
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH
Vice President and Chief Medical Officer
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas

Matthew Lee Smith, PhD, MPH, CHES
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Behavior
College of Public Health, University of Georgia

Nancy Whitelaw, PhD
Senior Vice President and Director
National Council on Aging

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Council Sustaining Partners & Sponsors

  • Baylor Health Care System
  • Texas Health Resources
  • The International Law Firm of Fulbright & Jaworski
  • K&L Gates
  • Polsinelli Shughart PC
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • VHA
  • Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • BKD CPAs & Advisors
  • FKP Architects
  • Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell
  • McKesson
  • MedSynergies
  • Parkland Hospital
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • Senior Care Centers
  • Tenet Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthCare
  • UNT Health Science Center