Board Meets to Discuss Women's Health Care

The National Advisory Board members are appointed based on recommendations by Laura W. Bush, Chancellor Kent Hance and the TTUHSC president.

The National Advisory Board members are appointed based on recommendations by former first lady Laura W. Bush, Chancellor Kent Hance and the TTUHSC president.

The National Advisory Board for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health recently met in Lubbock to discuss how the group is working to improve women’s health in West Texas and beyond.

Researchers presented information on studies conducted within the institute. Susan Bergeson, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the School of Medicine, presented on alcohol dependency among women. Rakhshanda Rahman, M.D., director of breast health services and founder of the Amarillo Breast Center for Excellence, discussed breast cancer prevention.

The board, which meets twice a year, each time at a different institute campus, was established in 2007. The group is comprised of more than 30 members from across Texas that discuss gender-specific research as well as funding and the institute’s goals.

The mandate of the National Advisory Board is to advise Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health Executive Director Marjorie Jenkins, M.D., and to advance the institute in research, education and community outreach.

Founding board members are leaders who were invited to participate upon recommendations from former first lady Laura W. Bush, Chancellor Kent Hance and the TTUHSC president.

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