HEALTH: A Call to Action

Bringing together health professionals, scientists, community leaders, policy makers, stakeholders, and more from around Texas to:

  1. Disseminate best practices for preventing and treating chronic diseases in diverse community settings
  2. Foster intellectual incubators that generate novel solutions to current health challenges
  3. Build sustainable partnerships and resources to coordinate activities aimed at achieving health equity

Areas of Focus
Thematic areas of health equity focus around prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship of:

  • Cancer, including screening, early detection, novel treatments, and survivorship
  • Diabetes, with a focus on racial/ethnic disparities and prevention
  • Mental Health, including disparities in treatment and access to care and comorbid disorders
  • Obesity, including prevention, nutrition, and physical activity
  • Substance Use, specifically disparities in substance use disorders and treatment

Registration Options

  • General: working professional (non-student) interested in attending the conference
  • Student: undergraduate or graduate student interested in attending the conference
  • Vendor: organization or business interested in vending/tabling at the pop-up shop
  • Volunteer: University of Houston Faculty, staff, students, and community members interested in helping the conference planning team


Call for Presentations

The inaugural HEALTH: A Call to Action conference invites researchers, professionals, service providers, students, and community members to present new research findings, culturally-informed prevention strategies, novel evidence-based interventions, best practices for community partnerships, and implementation innovations that advance health equity for all.


Presentation topics that address health disparities or provide innovative insights into health-equity science are preferred with additional prioritization given to areas such as cancer, diabetes, mental health, obesity, population health, precision medicine, social determinants of health, substance use/abuse, and access to care. Moreover, presentations that provide guidance regarding novel prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and/or dissemination and implementation strategies for our underserved communities are encouraged.



  • Symposium Presentation: a session in which a number of speakers present individually on a common topic or theme in collaboration with each other. The symposium for this conference will include three to four presenters and a moderator. The goal of the symposium is to provide diversity of perspectives and integrate those perspectives into a meaningful whole. Each speaker must submit an abstract, and the group as a whole must submit an abstract that summarizes the symposium topic or theme. Apply Here.


Presentation guidelines can also be found under Quick Links. 


Deadline to apply: November 8, 2019 11:59PM CST


Questions regarding the requirements or application process? Contact: 



University of Houston Main Campus

January 30, 2020

  • Pre-Conference workshop
  • Pre-Conference reception

January 31, 2020

  • Conference general session with keynote speaker (TBA)
  • Symposium Sessions
  • Student research poster session
  • Networking
  • Pop-up shop