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University of Texas
UT to host health care workforce conference
News Release
Friday, February 25, 2011

AUSTIN – Health care leaders and experts from across Texas will converge here Monday (Feb. 28) to discuss health care workforce and services issues during a daylong conference as the state prepares for an expanding population of health-insured Texans.

The conference, “Developing the Workforce to Provide Health Care For an Expanding Population of Insured Texans,” sponsored by The University of Texas System, will be from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Texas lacks sufficient doctors and nurses to provide all the health care needed now and in the future, and this conference will describe the scope of the problem and propose solutions, including changing care delivery and education models for certain professionals. Attendees will participate in discussions ranging from current and future health care workforce needs in Texas and the United States to new delivery and educational models for an evolving workforce.

Panel discussions will be led by: 

  • Edward Salsberg, Ph.D., director, National Center for Workforce Analysis at the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Ben Raimer, M.D., vice president for health policy and legislative affairs, UT Medical Branch at Galveston and Nancy Dickey, M.D., president, Texas A&M University Health Science Center
  • Larry Kaiser, M.D., president,  UT Health Science Center at Houston
  • Arthur Garson, Jr. M.D., MPH, senior vice president for health policy and health systems, UT Health Science Center at Houston
  • Pete Perialas, chief executive officer, Lone Star Circle of Care
  • Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for health affairs, UT System

Health educators from schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry and public health across Texas as well as representatives from the following organizations will participate in the various panel discussions: Texas Medical Association, Texas Hospital Association, Texas Nurses Association, Dallas County Medical Society, Texas Medical Home Initiative; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and United HealthCare; and Baylor Health Care System, Scott & White, and the Lone Star Circle of Care.

Members of the media who would like to cover the event are encouraged to register with the UT System Office of Public Affairs at (512) 499-4363.

Click here for the full conference agenda.

The conference is part of the “For the Health of Texas” series and is supported by the following organizations:

The University of Texas System, The Brookings Institution, Center for Health and Social Policy at The LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, Texas Medical Association, Texas Hospital Association, Texas Nurses Association, Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Code Red.

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