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White Paper Submission Guidelines

The Texas Health Institute (Institute) provides leadership and guidance to improve the health of Texans through education, research and health policy development. We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with focus on health policy issues and their impact on the health of Texas communities. The Institute's Shared Vision Project is a process to produce consensus-driven solutions to achieve quality, access and cost-effectiveness for health care in Texas.

The following link will take you to an example page of our white paper application and where you can also access an MS Word Document version of our application.

Whitepaper Application

Mail all white paper correspondence to:

Texas Health Institute
Shared Vision
P.O. Box 15587
Austin, Texas 78761-5587

You may also call our offices at: 512-279-3910   or   email us at: info@texashealthinstitute.org

Please contine to read the following information on our seven focus areas, suggested questions to consider for submitting a white paper and what the white papers should include.

White Papers are accepted in seven focus areas:

  • Workforce - Workforce addresses health workforce issues to ensure that health care services and facilities are available to all Texans and that the current and future supply of health care professionals is adequate to meet the health care needs of the population. White papers can focus on topics such as: consolidation of workforce planning; new models of health care; and, public health infrastructure.
  • Delivery - Delivery addresses health care delivery systems in Texas, the United States, and the world. White papers can focus on topics such as: lessons learned from model systems; systems that can work and how to implement; and, analysis of how we arrived at our current delivery system and suggested changes to improve health status.
  • Information/Technology - In the first phase of the Shared Vision Project, the Institute is focusing on the tools and processes designed to improve the access, efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of health care. White papers can focus on topics such as: information to identify and capture regional differences; information for consumers and providers on access options; and, information to support and help formulate incentives for providers and consumer responsibility.
  • Finance - For the purpose of the Shared Vision Project, financing includes identification of payment sources, covered individuals, and scope of benefits for health care. White papers can focus on topics such as: insurance models, affordable forms of health insurance for purchase by individuals or employers; Medicare and Medicaid, cost containment efficiencies; and, alternative systems, benefit structure changes to facilitate access to health care services or contain costs.
  • Community/Public Health - Community/public health addresses programs, services and institutions involved in the prevention of disease and the health needs of the population as a whole. White papers can focus on topics such as: how to calculate the return on investment of community/public health to society; personal/environmental influences on the costs of care; community inventory models; and, models of public health performance standards.
  • Rural Health Care -The nature of rural health care requires specific considerations in developing a Shared Vision for Health Care. White papers can focus on topics such as: the economic impact of health care in the rural setting; cost related to geographic disbursement in access to care in rural areas; and, the creation of a common core of education for rural health care workers.
  • Other - The Institute encourages the development of other evidence-based solutions to health and health care issues in addition to the six focus areas above. If you have an idea, please submit it.

Suggested questions to consider for submitting a white paper:

1. How will your model improve outcomes without increasing health care costs?
2. What process is in place to collect and analyze process and outcome measures?
3. How can technology be used to enhance the solution?
4. What legislative/regulatory/reimbursement issues will need to be addressed to implement your proposed model?
5. What changes in the education process will be required?
6. How will your model increase diversity in the workplace and improve the delivery of culturally sensitive care?
7. Does your model emphasize standard treatment protocols (evidence-based practice guidelines) and patient instruction and reinforcement concerning self-care?
8. How will this model be used to create a "wellness model" rather than an "illness model"?
9. What effect will your model have on the demand for health workforce in the future? (What numbers and types of health professionals will be needed)?
10. How will the community be utilized to improve the health of the community? (Will lay people be trained as extenders?)
11. How will your model improve the culturally sensitive delivery of health care?
12. How will your model improve health disparities and access to care?
13. How does or how could technology be utilized to improve the effectiveness of your primary care delivery model in terms of outcomes or cost?
14. What are the barriers to implementing your model?
15. What regulatory/legislative/reimbursement issues will be required to implement or expand your model?

White Papers should include:

1. Applicant Information (see submission form)

2. Summary of the White Paper:

  • What is the primary focus of your white paper? Is there a program like this currently in place?Other
  • The summary should total no more than 350 words (approximately 25 - 30 lines using a 12 point, Times New Roman font).

3. Content

  • Clear definition of the health policy issue.

  • Concise description of the solution(s) being offered and how they address the problem(s).
  • The content should total no more than 2500 words (please use 12 point, Times New Roman font).

4. Bibliography and appendices (this section is not included in the summary or content page count).

Only one, unbound submission is needed. White paper should be limited to ten, single-spaced pages in length (excluding the bibliography and appendices). The Institute will acknowledge receipt of all submissions within two weeks.

The Institute accepts white papers submitted over the Internet but cannot guarantee the confidentiality of information contained in electronic submittals. For your convenience, downloadable submission forms are available.

By submitting a white paper to the Institute, sender authorizes the Institute to reprint the document in monographs, electronically on the Institute web site, and in other Institute publications.