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Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs


CHASP Colloquium to Focus on Well-Being of Texas Children

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs' Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) will welcome Jodie Smith of Texans Care for Children; Kalese Hammonds of the Texas Public Policy Foundation; and Texas Representative Patrick Rose, Chair of the House Committee on Human Services, on November 21 to present “Caring for Texas Children: Policy Perspectives.”

CHASP Professor Pat Wong will moderate the discussion that will focus on the panelists’ legislative priorities for the 81st Texas Legislature, which convenes in January. “Whatever their perspectives,” said Wong, “I believe that policymakers and advocates alike recognize that prioritizing children’s well-being will have broad and lasting societal benefits.  This discussion will provide a forum to discuss different means to the same end – improving the lives of Texas children.”

Texas is among the leading states nationwide in terms of teen birth rates and number of children who are overweight, as well as those who are uninsured and those living in poverty.  In addition, Texas ranks toward the bottom in providing medical, dental and mental health care to adults and children alike.  Through its colloquia series, CHASP focuses on these and other social issues at the state and national levels.

The CHASP Colloquia Series features a monthly lunchtime forum for education and dialogue about issues in health and social policy, drawing from the perspectives of practitioners with extensive experience in state and federal government, advocacy and other public policy fields.

“Caring for Texas Children: Policy Perspectives” will be held from 12:15 to 2:15 p.m. at the Clinical Education Center at Brackenridge Hospital, 1400 N. IH-35.  It is open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required.  Please contact Robin Pearson, 512-232-3423 to register.  Boxed lunches and free parking will be provided.