South Texas Health and Education Summit to be held Oct. 10 in San Antonio

Summit to focus on increasing awareness and understanding of critical health issues in South Texas

WHAT: The Center for South Texas Programs, part of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio, is holding a health and education summit to develop action plans for improving the quality of life for people in South Texas. The summit will include presentations on the Texas census, the federal perspective on health care reform, increasing the recruitment of South Texas students into the health professions and a new vision for health care in South Texas. The news media is invited to hear presentations and interview regional, state and national speakers

WHEN: 8:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10

WHERE: Omni Colonnade Hotel, 9821 Colonnade Boulevard, San Antonio

Who: Speakers will include:

  • Joseph McCormick, M.D., M.S., vice president for South Texas Programs at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and the James H. Steele Professor and Regional Dean of the UT School of Public Health, Brownsville Regional Campus
  • Steve Murdock, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Rice University and former director of the U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., vice president and chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
  • Raymund A. Paredes, Ph.D., commissioner of The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, R.Ph., state senator, District 26

Please see the attached agenda for more information about the presentations.

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