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
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.
Mail all white paper correspondence to:
Texas Health Institute
P.O. Box 15587
Austin, Texas 78761-5587
You may also call our offices at: 512-279-3910
or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.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
White Papers are accepted in seven focus
- 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
- 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
2. What process is in place to collect and analyze process and outcome
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
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
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
13. How does or how could technology be utilized to improve the
effectiveness of your primary care delivery model in terms of outcomes
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).
- 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.