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About the TAMEST 2021 Annual Conference: Forward Texas—Community Health and Well-Being

Texas has the highest number of uninsured people in the country. A quarter of our children live below the poverty line. And only a little more than a quarter of our grade school students go on to earn a college degree. Many of our communities will only continue to grow, doubling within the next thirty years, stressing access to jobs, air, water housing and transportation.

What can our science and research community tell us now in order to help these communities thrive in the future? Join us at the TAMEST 2021 Annual Conference—Forward Texas: Community Health and Well-Being—January 12–14, 2021, at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, as we convene the best and brightest minds in the state to explore opportunities to address our problems facing us today and build the healthy, prosperous communities of tomorrow.

Program Objectives:

  • Identify vital needs of Texas communities in order to be healthy and successful
  • Assess areas where state is falling behind or inadequately planning for the future
  • Provide scientific perspective on best paths to address our problem areas and build healthy communities of tomorrow

The TAMEST Annual Conference is open to all in the research community.

Agenda, speakers, and hotel and travel information coming soon. Registration coming this fall.

Program Chair and Committee

Nancy Dickey

Nancy W. Dickey, M.D. (NAM)

Program Chair

Texas A&M Health Science Center

Program Committee Members

  • Ellen R. Gritz, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Science, MD Anderson Cancer Center 
  • Adam L. Hamilton, P.E., President and CEO, Southwest Research Institute
  • Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.A.F.P. (NAM), Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
  • A. Ray Pentecost, DrPH, Ronald L. Skaggs and Joseph G. Sprague Chair of Health Facilities Design; Director, Center for Health Systems & Design, Texas A&M University
  • C. Michael Walton, Ph.D. (NAE), Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Honorary Chair: Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH (NAM), TAMEST President; UT Health San Antonio


TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D. and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. With more than 300 members and 18 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Sciences), the Royal Society and the state’s 11 Nobel Laureates. We bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas.

TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, more than 224 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.