From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

Access to Health Care – Beginning at noon on Friday, October 24, Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez, the National Council of La Raza and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce invite everyone to attend “Access to Healthcare and Insurance for Latinos in Texas”. Community leaders and health care advocates will discuss what steps are taking place to create better health care access in our region, along with what still needs to be done. This two-hour event will take place in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso Medical Education Building at 5001 El Paso Drive.

State Employee Charitable Campaign – TTUHSC El Paso faculty and staff have little more than a week to contribute to the annual State Employee Charitable Campaign. This year’s goal is to raise $50,000. Why is this goal important? The more we give as an organization, the greater the resources available to our community. There are over 400 local and statewide charities to contribute to, including the Center Against Family Violence, American Red Cross, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of El Paso – and even the Texas Tech Foundation, Inc. Once you find the one that strikes a chord, determine what you are able to donate, and whether it will be a one-time gift or monthly contribution. Then decide to pay with cash, check, or through payroll deduction. It’s as simple as that. Each dollar counts, so choose to make a difference.

Sweet Treats – Families celebrating Harvest Day, Halloween or Dia de los Muertos will most likely come in contact with some sugary treats.  A sore spot for parents is the abundance of candy, cupcakes and syrupy drinks available during this time of the year.  In this week’s Tech View blog, parents can learn how to help their children avoid overeating these seasonal treats.  By re-directing their attention to family festivities, children can reap the benefits of cooler temps and fall traditions.