The Texas Tribune to Host Free Event at WT

Nov. 4, 2019

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The Texas Tribune to Host Free Event at WT

"Underserved: A Conversation on Rural Health" on Nov. 5

AUSTIN, Texas (Monday, Nov. 4)--The Texas Tribune will host a free, open to the public event Underserved: A Conversation on Rural Health at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.

Topics for the panel discussion include the accessibility of Medicare, medical training and other health resources. RSVP at Despite having a larger population than 10 states, rural Texas has seen a staggering number of hospitals close in the last decade — more than any other state. Today, 80 Texas counties have five doctors or fewer; 35 counties have no doctors at all. Is Texas rural health care in trouble?

Panelists for this event are:

Mike Henderson, family medicine doctor in Childress

● State Rep. Ken King, R-Canadian

Holly Jeffreys, founder of Panhandle Family Care

Billy Philips, executive vice president for rural and community health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Corrie MacLaggan, managing editor for The Texas Tribune, moderator

The conversation will take place in Legacy Hall, located on the main floor of the Jack B. Kelley Student Center at West Texas A&M University in Canyon. Visitor parking is available in the lots surrounding the student center (map and parking information).

This series of events on health care is presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. This event is supported by Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Amarillo National Bank, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals, Pearson and WGU Texas, and is hosted by West Texas A&M University. Foundation support is provided by the Texas Rural Funders Collaborative and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation. Though donors and sponsors underwrite Tribune events, they play no role in determining content, panelists or line of questioning.


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