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.

STATEMENT OF TEXAS RELIGIOUS LEADERS ON RECENT ANTI-METHODIST COMMENTS

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.

2014 UMW Resources Order Form

Use the form below to request printed copies of UMW materials.

For more information, contact Cara Chiodo at cara@texasimpact.org or call the office at (512)-971-6814.

UMW Legislative Event Resource Center

 

TEXAS UNITED METHODIST WOMEN'S 26TH ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE EVENT

News Update: Texas Financial Education Endowment Awards $250,000 To Support and Promote Financial Literacy in Texas

Texas Impact is pleased to pass along some happy news at the first of the year: the award of $250,000 from the Texas Financial Education Endowment to support and promote financial literacy in Texas. The award is especially good news because it represents the fruits of the faith community's work to bring regulation to the payday lending industry.

Texas Impact Formal Comments for Proposed Texas Department of Insurance Navigators Rulemaking

Texas Impact submitted supplemental formal comments in response to the Texas Department of Insurance Docket 2759, Rulemaking To Establish Subchapter W. Regulation of Navigators For Health Benefit Exchanges. The Texas Department of Insurance held two public hearings on the proposed rule regulating federal health marketplace navigators operating in Texas on December 20 and January 6.

Read the comments below or download the PDF. (Right-click and choose "Save Link As...")

LegeTV: Texas Department of Insurance Navigators Public Comments

The Texas Department of Insurance's proposed rule regulating federal health marketplace navigators operating in Texas is open for public comment until January 6. The Department held two public hearings on the rule, on December 20 and January 6.


Bee Moorhead |Executive Director, Texas Impact | December 20, 2013

Press Release: $113 Per Second, Up In Smoke


New Widget on Helps Taxpayers Keep Track of What Legislative Stubbornness is Costing Them

AUSTIN—Less than a week into the new year, the State of Texas has already rejected more than $50 million in federal health care funds because of the Legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. By August 31, that number will have increased to more than $2.3 billion unless Texas takes steps to implement the Medicaid expansion.

Being a Better Neighbor, Southwest Texas: Join Us to Learn about the Community Partner Program

Mon, 01/13/2014 - 1:00pm - Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:00pm

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.

Health Care Enrollment and Congergation Life, Congregation Beth Israel, Austin, December 3, 2013

Tue, 12/03/2013 - 8:00am - 10:30am

Join Get Covered America and Texas Impact for a breakfast meeting about the Affordable Care Act, health insurance enrollment, and how faith communities can engage members around the new opportunities for quality, affordable health care. RSVP for the event today!

When: Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 8AM-10AM

Where: Congregation Beth Israel, Smith Auditorium (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd, Austin, TX 78756)

Schedule

8:00AM: Mingle and gather and breakfast

8:30AM: Program starts

Community Partner Recruitment Initiative Faith Community Conference Call Featuring Joshua Houston, November 22, 2013

Fri, 11/22/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

This month’s Community Partner Recruitment Initiative Faith Community Conference Call will be Friday November 22 from 11-12 (Dial in: (712) 432-3066 Conference Code: 424548).

As always, there will be a brief description of the Community Partner Recruitment Initiative and how faith communities can get involved to provide internet access and/or trained volunteer navigators to help low-income Texans apply for state benefit programs through HHSC's yourtexasbenefits.com portal.

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