March 20, 2009
  In theNews

Brenner announces new findings
The Dallas Morning News ran a story in its March 13 edition about new findings by Harvey Brenner, PhD, professor of social and behavioral sciences, on the effects of the nation's economy on mortality rates. These new findings were announced at the recent Health Industry Council meeting. A press release sent out by the Health Science Center’s media team appeared in 181 additional news outlets, including AOL Money News,, MSN Money and Yahoo! Politics. The March 8 edition of the Morning News listed the Health Science Center’s Center for Community Health as a contributor to a program designed to arrange eye exams and free glasses to low income children in Dallas.

Business Press spotlights Match Day
March 16’s Fort Worth Business Press included a story about Match Day, featuring Mike Budd, PhD, director of Clinical Education, Student Doctor Mike Sprys, and Scott Smith, DO, (TCOM ’08). The same edition included President Scott Ransom’s latest column, an article about the ongoing study of possibly starting an MD school here that featured comments by Don Peska, DO, professor and associate dean for Educational Programsand chair of the MD Study Group Staff, and a health brief about the upcoming North Texas Health Forum, set for April 2-3.  The previous week’s edition of the Business Press included a health care brief about Dr. Brenner’s presentation at the Health Industry Council.

Study about possible MD school
Friday’s Star Telegram included a letter to the editor from Joane Goforth Baumer, MD, chair, Family Practice Residency Programs, and Steve Simmons, DO, Pain Medicine Program director, JPS Health Network, expressing disappointment in the AOA's decision to withhold Osteopathic Research Center funding. The next day’s edition included an article about the TCOM Alumni Association’s support of actions by the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association, as voiced by David Garza, DO (TCOM ‘89). (A link to this article is not available.) The Star Telegram’s online version of Click! added a photo of Albert Yurvati, DO (TCOM ‘86), professor and chair of surgery, Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, and Kathleen Forbes, MD,  executive vice president of Clinical Affairs and Business Development and president of UNT Health, at the Cowtown Kickoff hosted by the Health Science Center.

Medicaid dollars stir debate
March 13’s Dallas Business Journal featured the School of Public Health’s Kristine Lykens, PhD, assistant professor of Health Management and Policy, in an article about the state’s debate over whether Medicaid funds given to Texas will be used to cover the state’s uninsured and under insured, or if the money will be used for more urgent needs. UNTHSC logo


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