Collaborating to Solve the Rural Health Care Crisis In Texas

Collaborating to Solve the Rural Health Care Crisis In Texas


[Music-reflective] In Texas 172 counties
are designated as rural with a total population of
3.1 million individuals 185 of our Texas counties
have no psychiatrists, 147 counties have
no obstetrician, and 35 counties have
no physician at all. DAN: As someone who
grew up in a small town I really understand the
challenges that people face in these small communities.
We need to find innovative solutions and we need to incubate
them so that we can disseminate them throughout
our entire state. NANCY: How do we begin
to get communities to understand that changing
the way and maybe the place they get their health care
will get them better care probably at a less expensive
price tag and better outcomes in the long run. DAN: It is exciting to
be here for this particular announcement today and… We’re here today to celebrate
this collaboration with a 10-million-dollar investment
with the Texas A&M Health Science Center to help solve
disparities in rural healthcare. SHARA: Their Health Science Center
has long had a rural study institute and so they’re
uniquely qualified to help us solve this problem in Texas
and also serve as a model for other states
to follow. STEVEN: This initiative is
going to give us the opportunity to work at the
community level to make certain that we begin to change the
fabric of healthcare in those communities that have become
unsustainable on part of their culture. DAN: This type of investment in this
collaboration is what’s going to solve those problems.