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

‘Healthy Zone’ Schools Program Adding 27 Schools, 13,000 Students

No fewer than one in three American children is overweight or obese—a figure that has tripled in the last 10 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To combat the troubling trend, a partnership between The Cooper Institute and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is attempting to engage and equip local students to improve their health and fitness. Today that partnership—a program called The Healthy Zone School Recognition Program—will kick off its fourth year with an event on the field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. There, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and Charlotte Jones Anderson,… Full Story

As New Medical Schools Come Online, A Concern Rises About Availability Of Texas Residency Slots

By the fall of 2018, three new medical degree programs will be online in Central, North, and South Texas. But a challenge remains: MD students need residencies. And there’s a concern that Texas isn’t adding enough to keep up with demand. According to TMA figures, there were just 24 more residency positions than graduates in 2013. Is the state doing enough to provide these new graduates with residency slots in Texas? Full Story