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Health education programs receive continued funding in Coastal Bend region (9-20-00)

Funding appropriated by the Texas Legislature assures continued education and clinical training this year for students and health care professionals in the Corpus Christi/Coastal Bend Region through The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and its South Texas/Border Region Health Education Initiative (STBI).

In 1995, with local educators and health professionals, the Health Science Center began educational programs as part of the South Texas/Border Region Health Education Initiative, a state legislative project to enhance training in the region for students interested in health careers. The initiative has similar programs in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Laredo/Mid Rio Grande Border and Del Rio/Winter Garden regions. The current programs were reviewed by a local advisory committee.

A fiscal year 2001 budget of $1,310,000 provides ongoing support to existing programs. These include family practice training programs for medical students and residents at Spohn Memorial Hospital and Bay Area Medical Center and a Ph.D. nursing program offered jointly with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi via telecommunication networks.

As before, the STBI will continue to provide educational and student support, telecommunications access, and student housing in the area. These funds also support the Coastal Area Health Education Center (AHEC), which coordinates some of the above activities and organizes continuing education programs and other health education activities.

For more local information, contact Dr. Mary Manis, director of the Coastal AHEC, at Spohn Memorial Hospital at Corpus Christi, (512) 902-4487.

Contact: Will Sansom