Growing Healthy Texas workshop at Harvey Convention Center

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and IT'S TIME TEXAS have collaborated with organizations across the state to provide the first series of SNAP-Education workshops focused on regional obesity prevention efforts.

Event speakers include Dr. Jeremy Lyon, superintendent of Frisco ISD and Richard Torres, Corpus Christi health and PE specialist. The one and a half day conference will have interactive learning experiences and networking opportunities to help make healthy the norm in Texas.

The free conference will be held Tuesday and Wednesday at the Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. For more information or to register, visit

If unable to attend this conference, others will be held in New Braunfels, July 9 and 10; Beaumont, July 23 and 24; El Paso, Aug. 13 and 14; McAllen, August 27 and 28; and Lubbock, Sept. 9 and 10.

All workshops are free and will provide continuing education credit for multiple disciplines.


Bethesda gets dental award

Bethesda Health Clinic is the recipient of the Texas Dental Association's 2014 Certificate of Merit award. Each year the TDA recognizes nonprofit organizations that serve the dental health and welfare of the disadvantaged population in Texas. Nominations come from the TDA's 26 local component societies that often work closely with volunteer or charity organizations.

Dr. David Bright, a dental clinic volunteer at the Bethesda Health Clinic, accepted the Certificate of Merit on behalf of the clinic at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio last month, as part of the Texas Dental Association's 144th annual convention. The award was presented in front of the House of Delegates, the governing body of the Association.


Tyler Physicians Assume TMA Leadership Roles

Dr. David Coultas and Dr. Jonathan MacClements have been named to leadership positions with the Texas Medical Association. TMA physicians and medical students who are appointed or elected to one of TMA's 30 boards, councils, and committees are responsible for studying and recommending action on important health care issues affecting Texas patients and their physicians.

Coultas, an internist for nine years, was re-elected to TMA's Council on Medical Education. The council coordinates TMA's medical education activities, studies Texas' physician workforce trends, accredits continuing medical education programs, and monitors physician licensure and credentialing.

MacClements, a family physician for 17 years, was appointed chair of TMA's Committee on Physician Distribution and Health Care Access. The committee analyzes the physician, nursing, and allied health care workforce and its impact on patients' health care access, and promotes careers in medicine and the health professions. Both physicians are members of the Smith County Medical Society


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