From the office of: State Senator José Rodríguez, District 29

September 24, 2013
Contact: Sito Negron
915.351.3500 (o) / 915.227.0360 (m)

Transforming health care: Major conference takes place in El Paso Sept. 27-28
"We are in a transformative time in medicine, nationally and on the border. We can lead the way in multicultural health solutions."

El Paso, Sept. 24 — Senator José Rodríguez and the El Paso Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses will co-sponsor the "Mano y Corazón: Binational Conference of Multicultural Health Care Solutions," which takes place starting Friday (Sept. 27-28) in El Paso.

Conference highlights include a session on Affordable Care Act implementation, a special showing of the film "Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare," and a keynote speech by Dr. Mayra Alvarez, the Director of Public Health Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For additional details, see attached conference brochure. A detailed schedule of the conference is also available online at

The conference, conceived by Senator Rodríguez's District 29 Health Care Advisory Committee, emphasizes the strategic value of cross-discipline collaboration, which reduces waste while strengthening the network of care. Organizers expect hundreds of attendees, including physicians, nurses, allied health practitioners, counselors, social workers, sign language interpreters, students, and community health care workers. Education credits will be available for physicians, nurses, social workers, health educators, attorneys, and therapists.

"As stated by the El Paso Times in its editorial Monday, this region can lead the way in health care breakthroughs for the Americas. This is especially so as the Affordable Care Act expands access to health care, and importantly, to opportunities for new solutions. We are in the right spot at the right time to find solutions that can be replicated throughout Texas and the nation as more and more communities begin to reflect our demographics," Senator Rodríguez said.


"Mano y Corazón: Binational Conference of Multicultural Health Care Solutions"


Senator José Rodríguez and the El Paso Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses


Sept. 27-28, 2013


Region 19 Education Service Center (ESC) Head Start Multi Service Center, which is located at 11670 Chito Samaniego Drive, El Paso, Texas 79925


(915) 351-3500 or

José Rodríguez represents Texas Senate District 29, which includes the counties of El Paso, Hudspeth, Culberson, Jeff Davis and Presidio. He represents both urban and rural, and more than 350 miles of Texas-Mexico border. Senator Rodríguez was elected in 2010; he is Vice Chairman of the Jurisprudence Committee and is a member of the Criminal Justice, Veterans Affairs and Military Installations, and Government Organization committees.

 (PDF) ATTACHMENT: Conference Brochure (PDF)