Continuing education for Laredo health professionals … environmental health training … dental student education … student "pipeline" activities. These projects and others conducted in Laredo by the Health Science Center soon will receive a $3 million boost, thanks to an appropriation by the 79th Texas Legislature during the regular session.
"In a year of mounting fiscal challenges for our state, Sen. Judith Zaffirini provided tremendous leadership, as she always does, to obtain this funding for initiatives that will benefit the people of Laredo and surrounding communities," said President Cigarroa. "It is no surprise that the same legislative leader whose vision led to the establishment of the Health Science Center’s Laredo Campus Extension continues to be extremely effective at enhancing the very programs that emanate from that campus."
The new funding will enable the Health Science Center to develop research activities focusing on the Border Region. One goal is to establish a research partnership with the South Texas Veterans Health Care System in Laredo.
A slice of funding will go to the Health Science Center’s South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER) program, which offers a four-week rotation nine times a year to health professionals and health professions students in border environmental health issues and concerns.
The appropriation also will boost Laredo activities of the Med-Ed Program, a Health Science Center initiative to interest high school students in the health professions and research. The new funding will enable more Laredo students to participate in field trips to the Health Science Center and other facilities involved in education, training and delivery of health care.
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