From: The Honorable Beto O’Rourke
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Date: 8/31/2016

I hope you and your colleagues can join me for the 2016 Border Health Conference, which will be held September 7 in HVC-201B from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm. This year’s panels will include the topics of veterans health care, access to care for the underserved and rising public health emergency issues, such as Zika. I have pasted this year’s agenda below.


Beto O’Rourke


11th Annual Border Health Conference

September 7, 2016: 8:00am – 12:30pm

House Visitors Center Room 201B

Continental Breakfast Will Be Served


8:00 am                 Welcome and opening remarks

  • Manuel Acosta, MD/Luis Benavides, MD
  • The Honorable Beto O’Rourke
  • The Honorable Will Hurd
  • The Honorable Henry Cuellar

9:00 am Panel #1:   Veterans Administration

  • Moderator: David Mansfield, MD – President, El Paso County Medical Society
  • Jennifer Lee, MD – Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services
  • Gene Migliaccio, DrPH – Deputy Chief Business Officer for Purchased Care

10:15 am Panel #2:   HHS and Access to Care

  • Moderator: Carlos Cardenas, MD – President Elect, Texas Medical Association
  • Barbara Jiménez – Director, Central & South Regions County of San Diego-Health & Human Services Agency
  • John Hawkins – Senior Vice President Advocacy & Public Policy, Texas Hospital Association

11:30 am Panel #3:   Public Health and Emergent Diseases

  • Moderator: Luis Benavides, MD – Vice-Chairman, Border Health Caucus
  • Katrin Kohl, MD  – Deputy Director of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine from the National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases
  • Gilbert Handal, MD – Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Marta Cuellar Chair Child Advocacy – President Elect-El Paso County Medical Society
  • Eddie Olivares, Chief Administrative Officer, Hidalgo County Health and Human Services