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Monday, September 14, 2015

Two Former Health Commissioners Help Public Health Coalition Plan For the Future

The Texas Public Health Coalition — of which TMA is a charter member — has played a key role in educating state lawmakers and their staff on the state’s public health problems and in passing legislation to address those problems. This year’s victories included better funding for chronic disease prevention programs and cancer screening, passing the bill to regulate the sale of e-cigarettes, and passing the bill to strengthen Texas’ immunization registry. But coalition members are hungry for more. Former Texas health commissioners David Lakey, MD, and Eduardo Sanchez, MD, led a day-long strategic planning retreat to explore how the coalition can expand its influence. TMA Foundation President Deborah Fuller, MD, and TMA Council on Science and Public Health Chair Wesley Stafford, MD, provided additional insight.

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