At Old Parkland, Jim Lehrer Holds Court In Event Honoring UT Southwestern

The argument was clear Thursday evening—UT Southwestern Medical Center is unlike other American academic healthcare institutions because its success and its relevance are enabled by the support of the community in which it exists. And nearly 200 of Dallas’ business and civic leaders gathered about two stories underground in the rotunda-shaped debate chamber at the tony Old Parkland campus, sharing in a night led by legendary journalists Jim Lehrer and Lee Cullum that highlighted the history of Dallas’ now world-renowned institution. Full Story

Texas Opens Its Loan Repayment Program For Mental Health Practitioners

The state’s loan remittance program for behavioral health workers who take a gig practicing in a federally designated shortage area is now up and running. Approved in the 84th Texas legislative session last year, the Loan Repayment Program for Mental Health Professionals sets aside $2.125 million that will pay down student debts if the practitioner agrees to provide five straight years of service in a Mental Health Professional Shortage Area, or MHPSA. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines these as regions where there are 30,000 or more people without a psychiatrist. There are more than 350 of… Full Story