From the Desk of the Founding President and Dean

Gay Straight Campus Alliance (GaSCA ) Meeting – Close to 50 faculty, staff, and students attended the first GaSCA meeting of the academic year.  Dr. Oralia Loza from the UTEP College of Health Sciences, Department of Public Health Sciences, presented the risk factors and health outcomes among transgender persons as identified in her study “Transgender Women’s Identity, Sexuality, and Transition”.  In addition, Diamond Briseño provided her perspective as a transgender patient.  This was a valuable opportunity to hear first-hand how we, as health care professionals, can better prepare ourselves to serve our patients. Please read more in this week’s Tech View blog.

HIPAA – All TTUHSC El Paso faculty, staff and students are required to complete the online TTUHSC course — 2014 General HIPAA Privacy & Security Training — by August 29, 2014. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was established to protect the privacy of patients’ health care information and treatment. The online course provides up-to-date information regarding applicable state and federal care HIPAA requirements, and can be accessed at

Walkin’ the Talk – The August “Walkin’ the Talk” lecture will focus on the Flying Horse Half Marathon & 5K Workplace Race.  This is a great opportunity for our faculty, staff, and students to take a break from work or studying, and shift their focus to personal wellness.  To learn more about this race, look at the Tech View blog.