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Senior Vice President Updates

November 2018: Rural health collaboration

Colleagues,

I'm excited to share that today we announced the launch of a new rural health project with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). Together we will collaborate to identify and implement solutions to health care challenges facing rural communities in Texas.

BCBSTX has committed $10 million to Texas A&M Health Science Center as part of their Affordability Cures endeavor, aimed at accelerating efforts to reduce health care costs. This joint project will be a cornerstone in our rural population health priority.

The joint project will bring together the expertise of more than 20 investigators across eight colleges at Texas A&M University—the Health Science Center’s colleges of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health, along with the colleges of agriculture, education and engineering. Focus areas of the project will include: ambulatory rural care delivery systems, rural hospital function and future, community empowerment, and technology and health information.

A flagship of the project will be the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, led by Nancy Dickey, MD. The institute is a leader in helping communities facing a hospital closure maintain affordable and accessible health care.

The award from Blue Cross and Blue Shield, combined with recent awards totaling more than $7 million from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the colleges of the health sciences center, will create opportunities for Texas A&M clinicians and investigators to lead the innovation of rural health care in communities across the state. We believe these solutions can be translated to improve health outcomes in rural areas in Texas and the nation. 

I encourage you to visit Vital Record to read our feature story on this joint project.

Thanks,
Carrie L. Byington, MD