Andrew Springer, DrPH is a tenured Associate Professor at UTHealth School of Public Health with 20+ years' experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating health programs for youth and communities in the U.S. and Latin America. His notable work includes the first CDC-guided youth risk behavior survey in El Salvador, NIH-funded research on tobacco prevention, and community health initiatives in underserved areas. A registered health promotion practitioner, he actively contributes to coalitions like Austin/Travis County Community Health Improvement Plan. Andrew specializes in participatory planning, evaluation methods, and contextual health intervention design. He also teaches at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia and has received outstanding teaching awards from UTHealth.
With two decades in public health and community development, Heidi McPherson, MPH drives collective efforts for better population
health. She currently co-leads the Health Equity Collective at UTHealth-Houston, focusing on sustainable, equitable health systems via collaborative social determinants of health improvements. Heidi excels in building cross-sector partnerships for healthier communities and is involved in key health coalitions like Houston Business Coalition on Health, TCHMB, Be Well Acres Homes, and more. Outside work, she loves running, tango, birdwatching, and exploring with her family. Based in Texas, Heidi originally hails from Hawaii.
Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, R.D., L.D., C.N.S.
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
Regional Dean - UTHealth School of Public Health
Director of External Affairs, The Cooper Institute
President, Texana Public Affairs
Representative Donna Howard
Texas State House Member, District 48
Vice-Chair of the Health Care Reform Committee
Member of the House Appropriations Committee
Member of the Higher Education Committee
Senator Sarah Eckhardt
Texas Senate District 14
Member of the Local Government, Nominations, Transportation, and Veteran Affairs Committees
Clayton Travis, MSW
Director of Advocacy and Health Policy, Texas Pediatric Society