News Advisory: Feb. 5, 2013
Texas Public Health Coalition and House Public Health Committee Chair Discuss Legislative Priorities
- WHAT: Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), chair of the House Committee on Public Health, and Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC) members invite media, and legislators and their staff to a discussion on public health priorities. Both Representative Kolkhorst and TPHC will unveil legislative agendas that save lives and money. Created in 2006, TPHC consists of more than 26 organizations dedicated to advancing core public health principles at the state and community levels. The coalition represents the voice of the Texas health care community on matters that impact the public most, and ensures policymakers have the tools they need to make wise and balanced public health policy.
- WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 11:45 am-1 pm
- WHERE: Texas Medical Association, 401 W. 15th St., Thompson Auditorium, First Floor
- WHO: Representative Kolkhorst, chair, House Public Health Committee; Rep. Myra Crownover, immediate past chair, House Republican Caucus; Texas legislators and their staff; Texas physicians; and representatives of many of the organizations that compose TPHC.
- WHY: For the future health of Texans and the state budget, Texas must invest in public health initiatives now. TPHC identified several ways legislators can improve the state’s immunization rates, reduce tobacco use, and prevent obesity and cancer to ensure a healthy Texas, both physically and fiscally. The coalition will offer legislative solutions in these four public health areas at Wednesday’s briefing.
In addition to TMA, the members of the Texas Public Health Coalition are American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Lung Association of Texas, Bexar County Medical Society, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Children’s Hospital Association of Texas, Coalition for Nurses in Advance Practice, LIVESTRONG, Sustainable Food Center, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Texas Association of Local Health Officials, Texas Association of Community Health Centers, Texas Dental Association, Texas Dietetic Association, Texas Health Institute, Texas Nurse Practitioners, Texas Nurses Association, Texas Pediatric Society, Texas PTA, Texas Public Health Association, Texas Renal Coalition, The Immunization Partnership, Travis County Medical Society, and United Ways of Texas.
TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.
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