About the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony


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September 12, 2019
Austin, Texas

"Rowing Upstream: How to Make America Healthy"

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Brian C. Castrucci, DrPh 
Chief Executive Officer of the de Beaumont Foundation

About Our Keynote: Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH is the Chief Executive Officer at the de Beaumont Foundation. Throughout his career, Castrucci has been a disruptor, instigator, and fierce advocate for the public’s health. In past seven years, he has helped build the Foundation into a leading voice in health philanthropy and public health practice. He is an award-winning epidemiologist with 10 years of experience working in state and local governmental health agencies. He has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, editorials, and book chapters and has shared his unique brand of practice-based thought leadership in blog posts and podcasts on several platforms including Huffington Post, Governing, Primary Care Progress Notes, KevinMD.com, Healthcare Leadership Blog at HCLDR.org, ASTHO’s StatePublicHealth.org, and Health Affairs Blog.


About Texas Obesity Awareness Week

Texas Obesity Awareness Week (TOAW) was established in the 80th Legislative Session (2007) by House Bill 2313 and is designated to occur in the second full week of September each year.  The purpose of the week is to raise awareness of the health risks associated with obesity and to encourage Texans to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  TOAW consists of several events statewide and is highlighted by the Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony hosted by the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, and the Live Smart Texas Coalition.

The Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony is held annually to recognize leaders who have demonstrated exemplary achievement in reducing the burden and raising awareness of the obesity epidemic in Texas. The 2019 award ceremony will take place during the 12th Annual Texas Obesity Awareness Week, September 8-14, 2019. 

Legislative reference can be found here.

The Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony is administered through funding from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, part of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin. 

The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is pleased to offer 1.5 MCHES/CHES credits at the 12th Annual Texas Health Champion Award Ceremony. The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin is a Designated Provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) for Certified Health Education Specialists/Master Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES/MCHES) through The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). 

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