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February 2014 Quarterly Membership Meeting - in Review

An Overview of the Wednesday, February 5 at United Way of Greater Houston

A great combination of over 40 participants from major medical and academic institutions, city and county government, clinics, non-profits and other organizations attended the recent Alliance Membership Meeting, held Feb 5 from 3 - 5 p.m. at United Way.

  • Bruce Wilcoxon, Director of Corporate Public Policy for ConocoPhillips and member of the Healthy Living Matters (HLM) board and advisory committee, presented an overview of the HLM Community Action Plan, which was unveiled at the HLM Summit on January 30. The plan delineated 15 points in three categories—Eat, Play & Learn—where the community can come together to take action and support policy for a comprehensive approach to combatting childhood obesity in local neighborhoods.
  • Alliance members also heard from Leonard Kincaid, Director of Operations, Houston Recovery Center (HRC), who provided a look at the Center for Sobriety. Since opening its doors in March 2013, the center has provided over 4,000 Houstonians with safe, short-term monitoring and management while under the influence of alcohol and drugs when apprehended by the Houston Police Department. The center provides referrals to those suffering from life-altering issues, such as substance abuse, domestic violence or mental health problems.
  • In addition, two research doctors from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, presented an overview of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) to Alliance members. Ernest Hawk, MD, MPH, Vice President, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, discussed MD Anderson’s role in Project ECHO and its goals and objectives. Kathleen M Schmeler, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, spoke specifically about the cervical cancer initiative.