In 1969, Texas Governor Preston Smith signed a bill authorizing the creation of what would become the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio, an institution that 50 years later remains one of the most innovative educators of nurses in Texas. Just two weeks ago, I had the honor of attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new School of Community and Rural Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler. Its future graduates will work tirelessly to improve the health of Texans for decades to come.
One of the privileges and challenges of serving in the Office of Health Affairs for UT System is keeping up with the extraodinary range of work that’s being done by our institutions to train and educate the future health professionals of our state.
This issue is dedicated to highlighting some of that work, and in particular to celebrating our extraordinary educators, whose dedication to turning students into professionals is the bedrock of the future health of Texas.
David Lakey, MD
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer
The University of Texas System @DavidLakey_MD
Highlights from Around the System
UT Health San Antonio Training policy to notify schools when they encounter children at a traumatic scene, so schools can provide support right away.
MD Anderson Study shows nearly half of cancer patients who enter a comprehensive tobacco treatment program quit smoking.
The Texas Health Journal is an ongoing digital effort to tell the story of how the 14 institutions that make up The University of Texas System are improving the health of Texans and people all over the world through education, research, and healthcare.