THR Awards $5.2 Million to Address Social Determinants of Health

In Johnson County, the suicide rate for seniors is 25 percent above the Texas average, but a grant from Texas Health Resources is working to help isolated seniors. THR will be distributing $5.2 million worth of community impact grants all across North Texas to address everything from depression to food scarcity. The initiative is called Texas Health Community Impact and focuses on specific ZIP codes where chronic disease and premature death are more common, and partners with agencies in education, healthcare, and government. The funds will be directed toward 12 agencies across five geographic regions made up of 401 ZIP codes… Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance’s New VP

Kirsten Gappelberg is the new Southwest Transplant Alliance Vice President of Marketing Communications and Foundation Relations. She will direct the organization’s community engagement activities, marketing and communications functions, and Outlive Yourself Foundation. Gappelberg has 20 years of experience in the communications and corporate social responsibility fields. Prior to STA, she led similar efforts at Mary Kay Inc., where she ran The Mary Kay Foundation. She began her career with JDA Software and with public relations agency Springbok Cohn and Wolfe. Southwest Transplant Alliance is a nonprofit organization that connects organ donors and those in need of lifesaving organs in much of Texas.… Full Story

A Local Eye Surgeon is Repairing Sight for Those Who Can’t Afford It

A teacher who can no longer read her students’ papers. A truck driver who can’t pass his vision test. When someone loses their vision, they lose more than just the ability to get around; they can lose their careers as well. Without a job, it can be difficult of prohibitively expensive to purchase insurance. Without insurance, fixing the vision loss can also prove impossible. It is this vicious cycle that Operation Sight is hoping to end, and the organization is teaming up with local surgeons such as Dr. Jeffrey Whitman at the Key-Whitman Eye Center in Dallas. According to Operation… Full Story

Texas Medical Association Foundation Awards Local Garden Nonprofit

Dallas nonprofit Promise of Peace Gardens has been awarded the 2019 John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award by the Texas Medical Association Foundation. Promise of Peace promotes gardening, nutrition, and giving in Dallas’ food deserts. The group earned the award for its Soup It Forward program, where it provides monthly ingredients and recipes for soups for 15o families. Families in the program help tend the gardens, learning how to grow food and engage in their community. They take home a sack of nutritional vegetables to prepare and share with their neighbors. The garden benefits 600 people annually, and includes… Full Story

National Ovarian Cancer Coalition Names New CEO

Melissa Aucoin has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition after serving in an interim role as CEO since June. Previously, Aucoin was the Director of Events and Operations, where she was responsible for the Dallas-based organization’s national events, such as the Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, over 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and nearly 14,000 will die from the disease. Ranking fifth in deaths among women, one in 78 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. Usually occurring in older… Full Story

Community Organizations Awarded $1.8 Million from BCBS of Texas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas has awarded $1.8 Million to community based organizations to fight and and manage chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Richardson-based BCBS of Texas has awarded more than $10 million Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grants to focus on the two diseases. The two diseases often go hand in hand, and research has shown that COPD increases the risk of mortality for patients with CKD by 41 percent, especially among women and children. “We launched this strategy understanding that this was an opportunity to impact two chronic diseases that are impacting the lives of… Full Story

The ‘Magic’ of Make-a-Wish Reduces Hospital Visits for Recipients

When 16-year-old Christina Riccio was in the depths of her treatment for stage four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she threw pancakes at her mother because they were the wrong flavor. As a teenager who wanted to be anywhere but the hospital, she took out her frustration on the one who was there to receive the abuse. She didn’t understand why her mother was always so upset. Wasn’t she the sick one? Thankfully, Riccio would make it through the treatment, and go on to be a physician herself at UT Southwestern, where she is on faculty as an anesthesiologist. Along the way she had… Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance and Taylor’s Gift Partner to Form the Outlive Yourself Foundation

Southwest Transplant Alliance is creating a foundation to drive research and education, support organ and tissue donation, and serve the needs of donor families and transplant recipients. Called the Outlive Yourself Foundation, it was formed in partnership with Taylor’s Gift Foundation. Todd and Tara Storch founded Taylor’s Gift Foundation in 2010 after their 13-year-old daughter Taylor unexpectedly passed away, and it has supported organ donor families in multiple states since then. STA has been recovering donated organs for individuals awaiting a transplant for more than 40 years, and recently broke ground on a new facility for organ removal, which includes… Full Story

Southwestern Medical Foundation Elects 10 New Trustees

Southwestern Medical Foundation, an institution that identifies opportunities to advance the progress of medicine, elected ten new trustees this month. The new trustees are known for their business and service acumen, and emphasize community leadership and medical progress. “I am thrilled to introduce these 10 new Trustees to our Board,” said Robert B. Rowling, Chairman of Southwestern Medical Foundation via release. “They are tremendous stewards of our region and each has contributed significantly to grow our community into the vibrant place it is today. By aligning their talents and passion with our mission, we look forward to seeing the many… Full Story

The Impact of Healthcare Navigator Funding Cuts in Texas

The state of Texas has 4.8 million adults who don’t have health insurance, or about 17.3 percent of the population. That ranks the state dead last in the country in insured adults, according to Community Services. As a part of the Affordable Healthcare Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awards grants to organizations called navigators, who help uninsured Americans work through the healthcare exchanges in each state. But since 2013, the funds for those navigators have decreased by more than 80 percent in Texas, which also voted not to expand medicare. In 2013, CMS awarded more than $10… Full Story