Community leaders discuss health disparities in Bexar County

WHAT: A community-wide discussion on health disparities facing Bexar County, hosted by The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

“Moving Toward a Healthy Community: Mending the Gaps in Bexar County” features representatives of for-profit and non-profit health care, academia, government and community.

The discussion is part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center.

WHEN: (Wednesday, Oct. 10) from 5 to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Holly Auditorium at the UT Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio

WHO: Anil T. Mangla, Ph.D., M.P.H., FRIPH, chief of epidemiology for the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will present recent data from Bexar County documenting major health disparities in five areas: teen pregnancy, infant mortality, infectious disease, obesity and diabetes.

Five panelists then will discuss how their particular sectors are addressing these challenges. The panelists are:

    • Non-profit health care: Kevin C. Moriarty, president and CEO, Methodist Healthcare Ministries
    • For-profit health care: Efrem Castillo, M.D., regional medical director, WellMed
    • Academia: Robert Ferrer, M.D., M.P.H., vice chair for research, Department of Family and Community Medicine in the School of Medicine of the UT Health Science Center
    • Community: Martha I. Castilla, San Antonio promotora
    • Government: State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, R.Ph.

Moderators will be Bryan Alsip, M.D., M.P.H., chief medical officer and executive vice president, University Health System, and Ruth Berggren, M.D., director of the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics.

NOTES: The discussion is the eighth in the “Conversations about Ethics” series, presented by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, with support from Methodist Healthcare Ministries. For information on the lecture series, visit

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