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HON. RON PAUL
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
2008 Ron Paul 32:1
Mr. PAUL. Madam Speaker, I am pleased to congratulate the East Texas Area Health Education Center (AHEC) on its receipt of the National AHEC Organization (NAO)s 2008 Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award. The Eugene Mayer Award is one of the NAOs most precious awards since, in order to even be considered for the award, an AHEC program must demonstrate excellence in all areas operation.
2008 Ron Paul 32:2
East Texas AHEC is certainly deserving of this prestigious award. Founded in 1991, East Texas AHEC is headquartered at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), which provides it access to some of the top medical talent in the Nation. East Texas AHEC operates nine other community health centers across the Gulf Coast. These centers offer a wide variety of health care services to over 14.9 million low-income Texans in 111 counties. Many low-income Texas would have a much more difficult time obtaining quality health care if it were not for the efforts of East Texas AHEC.
2008 Ron Paul 32:3
It is not just Texans who have benefited from the East Texas AHEC. By assuming a leadership role in advocacy for AHECs nationwide, as well as providing an example to AHEC across the country of how they could expand their services to help met the health care needs of more low-income Americans, East Texas AHEC has benefited the entire American health care system.
2008 Ron Paul 32:4
Madam Speaker, I have always been impressed with how dedication with shown by the staff of East Texas AHEC to their mission of developing a quality health care workforce and addressing the unmet health needs of the people of Texas. I am therefore pleased once again extend my congratulations to my friends at East Texas AHEC for their well-deserved receipt of the 2008 Eugene S. Mayer award.