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TAMEST Conversation on COVID-19: Improving Healthcare Access

Prior to COVID-19, Texas already had the highest uninsured rate in the country. As a result of the pandemic, this issue has become even more challenging as the United States experiences the largest increase in the number of uninsured adults in recorded history. On Tuesday, November 10, TAMEST (The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas) convened several physicians along with TAMEST Member Dr. Carlos Roberto Jaén, a leader in preventive care research at UT Health San Antonio, to address this issue and discuss what changes are needed in primary care to build a healthier Texas. ​

COVID-19: Improving Healthcare Access
Carlos Roberto Jaén

Moderator: Carlos Roberto Jaén, M.D., Ph.D. (NAM)
Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine,
UT Health San Antonio

Sue Bornstein

Speaker: Sue Bornstein, M.D.
Executive Director, Texas Medical Home Initiative;
Co-Lead, Texas Primary Care Consortium

Jennifer A. DeVoe

Speaker: Jennifer E. DeVoe, M.D. (NAM)
Professor and Chair of Family Medicine, School of Medicine,
Oregon Health & Science University

Winston Liaw

Speaker: Winston Liaw, M.D.
Chair of Health Systems and Population Health Sciences, College of Medicine,
University of Houston

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TAMEST was co-founded in 2004 by the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison and Nobel Laureates Michael S. Brown, M.D., and Richard E. Smalley, Ph.D. With more than 300 members and 18 member institutions, TAMEST is composed of the Texas-based members of the three National Academies (National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Engineering, and National Academy of Sciences), the Royal Society and the state’s 11 Nobel Laureates. We bring together the state’s brightest minds in medicine, engineering, science and technology to foster collaboration, and to advance research, innovation and business in Texas. TAMEST’s unique interdisciplinary model has become an effective recruitment tool for top research and development centers across Texas. Since our founding, more than 225 TAMEST members have been inducted into the National Academies or relocated to Texas.


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