Last Day to Register for Texas State Partner Conference

April 16, 2015

Today (April 17) is the deadline to register for the free 2015 Texas State Partner Conference.  

The conference will be held April 29- 30 at the Dallas County Schools Training Technology Center. This is an opportunity to not only share the successes of the last open enrollment, but also get tips and training that can be used as we head into the next open enrollment period.

Agenda items include a debrief of what happened during the second enrollment period; training on data and digital programs to reach the uninsured; a discussion on utilizing local earned media to support enrollment outreach; best practices when working with local governments and coalitions; and a talk by District 6 HHS Director Marjorie Petty. We also hope to have a special guess from the White House. A detailed agenda may be found below.

While there is no charge to attend the conference, attendees do need to register by today, April 17. To register:​.

Lunch will be provided both days and breakfast on Thursday.­­­­­­ There is a Holiday Inn Express and a Quality Inn near the conference site for out-of-town guests.

If you have any questions regarding the state conference, please contact Catherine Samuel,


Conference Agenda


Wednesday, April 29


9 a.m.               Registration


10 a.m.            Welcome & Introduction: Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director, Enroll America                                                                                         

10:30 a.m.       What We’ve Learned from the Second Open Enrollment Period:  Mario Castillo, Texas Deputy State Director, Enroll America                      


11 a.m.            Regional Coalition Presentations: Enroll America Staff and Regional Enrollment Coalition Members


Noon                Lunch


1 p.m.               Overview of Enrollment Tools


1:45 p.m.         Transition


1:50 p.m.         BREAKOUT SESSION I: Cross regional guided and open discussion. Conference participants will have the opportunity to share best practices and speak with their peers from other parts of the state in small groups. These groups will be lightly facilitated by Enroll America staff, but will be open to focus on topics most important to participants.


2:30 p.m.         Break/Transition


2:45 p.m.         BREAKOUT SESSION II

Option A: Strengthening Enrollment Coalitions: Working in a coalition can be both rewarding and productive, but at times also challenging. This session will focus on strategies for building new coalitions, strengthening current coalitions, and making sure the right people are around the table.


Option B: Using Data to Support Partner Coordination: Coordinated data tracking can provide clear guidance and measures on outreach and enrollment throughout a campaign life span. This session will focus on reporting data tools available to GCA partners and how they can best be utilized by individual organizations and coalitions for more effective outreach.


3:30 p.m.         Coffee Break


3:45 p.m.         The Science of Enrollment Fair: Proven tools and strategies for boosting enrollment and impacting lives, hosted by Enroll America and State Partners. This interactive area will give conference attendees the opportunity to learn more about each of the tools and strategies that go into an effective outreach campaign in a fun “science fair” type of environment. Be sure to bring your punch card and stop at each booth in order to be entered in the door prize drawing!


5:15 p.m.         The Science of Enrollment Fair – Debrief


5:30 p.m.         Closing, look ahead to day two, evaluations



Thursday, April 30


8 a.m.               Breakfast


9 a.m.               Day Two Welcome


9:10 a.m.         The Future of Enrollment/The Future of Enroll America: With Open Enrollment 3 on the horizon, what is head of us? We will explore strategies for engaging in a changing environment and how we can start working now to be ready for enrollment in the fall. We will also be debuting some new resources Enroll America will be developing for partners this summer.


10 a.m.            *Keynote Speaker (TBD, session subject to change)


10:30 a.m.       BREAKOUT III

Option A: The Power of Local and Constituency Press: Learn how to utilize local earned media to support enrollment outreach. Work on your messaging skills, interview techniques and how to engage local reporters.


Option B: Enrollment is Local: Working with City and County Health Departments to Get People Covered:  Learn from a city that is integrating ACA outreach into all the work they do. City of Houston Health and Human Service ACA Operations Chief, Maria DeLaCruz will lead this session on best practices for engaging cities and counties in enrollment work.


11:15 a.m.       Transition


11:20 a.m.       Regional Coalition Planning: This planning session will be an opportunity for you to reconvene with your colleagues from your local coalitions to start planning and synthesizing things learned over the past day.

Noon                Lunch


12:30 p.m.       Reconvene and Debrief


1:30 p.m.         Wrap-up, Door prize, and day two evaluations


2 p.m.               Adjourn



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