United Health Foundation and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Work to Improve Access to Care for the Hispanic Community

Guests visit prior to the symposium.

Guests visit prior to the symposium.

According to the recently released America’s Health Rankings Spotlight: Prevention, Hispanic adults are not receiving as many key clinical preventive health services – such as immunizations, cholesterol checks or colorectal cancer screenings – as non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black adults.

To address the issue, United Health Foundation and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) School of Medicine hosted a symposium on May 11 to discuss procedures and policies for improving access to care for the Hispanic community.

Dr. Juliet V. García, senior advisor to the University of Texas System Chancellor, Office of Community, National and Global Engagement, gives her keynote presentation at the symposium.

Dr. Juliet V. García, senior advisor to the University of Texas System Chancellor, Office of Community, National and Global Engagement, gives her keynote presentation at the symposium.

The symposium brought together experts from national and local health organizations to discuss disparities in the use of key clinical preventive services, explore their potential causes, and identify solutions for improving Hispanics’ access to and use of preventive care, and ultimately community health.

This event and others are part of a larger initiative launched in 2015 by UTRGV’s School of Medicine through a $2.8 million grant by United Health Foundation to support increased health care access and education in Valley colonias. Specifically, the partnership is helping build a sustainable model for health care delivery to the most vulnerable members of the community.

(left to right) Eloisa Tamez, professor in the UTRGV School of Nursing, Dr. Francisco Fernandez, inaugural dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine, Dr. Norma A. Pérez, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence, and Dr. Carlos Hernandez, president of WellMed and moderator of the symposium participate in a panel discussion. All photos by Paul Chouy.

(left to right) Eloisa Tamez, professor in the UTRGV School of Nursing, Dr. Francisco Fernandez, inaugural dean of the UTRGV School of Medicine, Dr. Norma A. Pérez, executive director of the Hispanic Center of Excellence, and Dr. Carlos Hernandez, president of WellMed and moderator of the symposium participate in a panel discussion. All photos by Paul Chouy.

 

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