Dr. Paul Fabrizio Attends National Rural Health Association Policy Initiative

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, February 8, 2016 10:42 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

McMurry University Political Science Professor Dr. Paul Fabrizio participated last week in the National Rural Health Association Policy Initiative in Washington, DC. He was accompanied by Kelly Cheek '99, Executive Director of the Big Country Area Health Center, a partnership of Texas Tech and the West Texas Council of Governments.

After hearing speakers including the Secretary of Agriculture and Senators from Oklahoma, Kansas, and Minnesota, they spent a day visiting with the health care staff in the offices of Texas Senators and Members of the House of Representatives. At each office, they asked for support for legislation to protect rural hospitals which are closing at an alarming rate.

At the airport to fly home, Cheek and Dr. Fabrizio had a chance encounter with US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Speaker Ryan said that he had heard of McMurry University and graciously posed for a photo.


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