From The News: Rep. McClendon Releases Minority Cancer Awareness Month Op Ed

Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon recently released an Op Ed about Minority Cancer Awareness Month. (San Antonio Express-News)

We believe that Minority Cancer Awareness Month is a great opportunity to "connect disparate outcomes to root causes."

Read Bee Moorhead's Austin American-Statesman Op Ed.

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Minority Cancer Awareness Month: Austin American-Statesman Op Ed and Capitol Presentations

Watch the Minority Cancer Awareness Month Press Conference.

Note: Originally published in the Austin American-Statesman April 6, 2014.

On February 17, 2006, San Antonio Congressman Charlie Gonzalez delivered a speech memorializing Bonnie Terry, an uninsured Black constituent who had died of untreated, late-stage breast cancer just three weeks earlier at age 49. Gonzalez praised Terry as a fierce fighter for justice for the disadvantaged. In fact, her story was itself a grim example of the systemic injustice she fought.

March 28: CPRI Monthly Conference Call TOMORROW Featuring Board Member Rev. Kevin Young

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

This Friday at 11:00, Texas Impact Board Member and Pastor of St. John’s UMC in Lubbock Kevin Young will provide a theological reflection on the Community Partner Recruitment Initiative (CPRI) and share from his church’s experience in completing the CPRI MOU Process and getting started as part of the The (CPRI) Faith Community Conference Call. The call will begin at 11:00. Dial in: (712) 432-3066, Conference Code: 424548.

In addition, Texas Impact CPRI AmeriCorps VISTAs will be available to provide further CPRI information and answer questions. Then, Texas Impact staff will introduce their “Treasure Hunt” designed to help Community Partners, churches and other groups better know their community. We hope to talk to you on the call!

April Is Minority Cancer Awareness Month. Learn More And Order Your Complimentary Bulletin Inserts Today!

April is now Minority Cancer Awareness Month in Texas!

According to the American Cancer Society, minority populations suffer the highest cancer death rate and the shortest survival time throughout the country.

So, how can your faith community fight minority cancer? You can help by downloading or ordering Faith and Wellness bulletin inserts and including information in your congregation's newsletter. Download newsletter text.

Bulletin inserts are FREE and available in Spanish or English! 

Texas Impact will ship your desired amount at no cost--just  click here to fill out your order form.  You can also view and download the insert by clicking here.

Thanks to House Bill 114, authored by Representative Ruth Jones McClendon, this month will regularly be observed as Minority Cancer Awareness Month. The purpose of the bill is to increase recognition for minority cancer education, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.    Rep. McClendon hopes the bill will elevate cancer awareness among the general public and minority population.


In a Friday morning Fort Worth Star Telegram article by Bud Kennedy, we became aware that Tea Party leader Julie McCarty has opposed a local candidate for criminal court judge because “he is a Methodist…Methodists tend not to take a stand on issues – anything goes.”  She explained why she is supporting another candidate in the race: “My preference is a straitlaced Baptist to an everything-goes Methodist.” 

Be A Better Neighbor: Community Partners Presentation In Stephenville and Mineral Wells, February 17, 2014

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 12:00pm - 7:00pm

There’s a new way for faith communities to help needy Texans get food, medical and other benefits. Texas’ Health and Human Service Commission (HHSC) has launched it’s statewide Community Partner Program, a great way for local organizations to serve their communities more effectively by providing internet access and/or trained volunteer navigators to help low-income Texas families apply for state benefit programs.

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