Cooper Wellness Integrates Meritage Healthcare, Names VP

Dallas-based Cooper Aerobics has integrated Meritage Healthcare Strategies into its Cooper Wellness Strategies (CWS) division. The website for Meritage says it has offices in Irving as well as St. Louis, and that it assists “hospitals, healthcare organizations, medical fitness centers, communities and entrepreneurs with business planning, development and marketing efforts.” Combining the two will allow CWS to operate with a complete suite of wellness services, Cooper Aerobics says. David Evans, formerly of Meritage, will become vice president of CWS under Dallas-based Cooper Aerobics. Evans was principal at Meritage for 16 years and served as managing director of the Baylor Tom… Full Story

Report Calls Texas the Third-worst State for Children’s Healthcare

WalletHub has a new analysis out on children’s health, culling together 30 factors along the lines of access, cost, quality, and some other more miscellaneous categories. The data set includes things like pediatricians per capita, share of children under 18 in excellent or very good health, death rates, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption, and fast-food restaurants per capita. The criteria are weighted, and the full methodology can be found here. That’s a lot of setup, I know. All to get here: Texas didn’t do well. It ranks third-to-last overall. Among the items where Texas ranks in the bottom five of the 51… Full Story

When it Comes to Mortality and Health Insurance Rates, A Racial and Ethnic Divide Remains Prominent in Dallas County

In Dallas County, racial and ethnic disparities remain prominent in areas like maternal mortality and the ability to withstand chronic diseases, even as the disparities among those without health insurance have tightened in recent years. Those are a few takeaways from the Dallas Economic Opportunity Assessment, a new report commissioned by the Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) and conducted by the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP). The groups convened Tuesday morning at CFT to go through the findings at an event featuring comments by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. The day revolved around… Full Story

This Has Been A Very Bad Flu Season, and Texas Appears To Be Ground Zero

On Friday, Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed flu-related death numbers 53 and 54 on the season. The patients were 61 and 84 years old. As is often the case, both were already afflicted with high-risk health conditions, and died of complications related to the seasonal flu. This year’s fatality total is higher than the last three seasons combined, and one less than the 2013-2014 season, when 55 people died. The deaths are only one metric of a torrid flu season, however, and there’s another that might better show just how bad it’s been here in Dallas-Fort Worth and… Full Story