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Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's HealthNew Collaboration Advances Commitment to Women’s Health

Texas Health Resources and the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health (LWBIWH), part of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, have launched a collaboration that empowers women in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to take control of their health and enables local physicians to attain special training in gender-specific medicine.

“We’re privileged to team up with the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health as another way to help families stay healthy,” said Douglas D. Hawthorne, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health. “A key to our transforming health care in North Texas for the 21st century will be identifying the needs of defined groups of people, and connecting each individual with the right service, at the right time, in the right place."

"Our collaboration with the Laura W. Bush Institute speaks directly to this important goal.”

The LWBIWH, which is headquartered in Amarillo, already has a presence in Lubbock, El Paso, Midland and San Angelo. Dallas-Fort Worth is home to 1.15 million women and is the current residence of Bush and her family.

Texas Health Resources appreciates that when it comes to health care, women are quite different from men. We understand that women can have unique symptoms, reactions to treatment and responses to medicine. Our commitment to women’s well-being is reflected in this new partnership with the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

There are three main components of the collaboration, including community involvement, education and research:

  1. Community outreach – Texas Health and the LWBIWH will educate women to be advocates for their health through several education initiatives. Texas Health plans to offer community lectures with a variety of health topics of importance to women through its Advances in Medicine seminars that are currently offered at Texas Health hospitals. Additional educational events will be provided in the near future through this partnership with LWBIWH.
  2. Education – The LWBIWH has developed a gender-specific educational curriculum for current and future health care providers that will help them better understand how their decisions and recommendations will affect those for whom they care. Current physicians who undergo this training can earn a certificate in gender-specific medicine from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
  3. Research – The LWBIWH facilitates research into gender differences and women’s health and will assist Texas Health in introducing and educating potential investigators to the scientific research and publishing process.

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Girl Power
During their formative years, pre-teen girls (4th-6th grades) can be susceptible to issues concerning bullying, internet safety, poor nutrition and low self-esteem. That’s why Texas Health Resources in collaboration with the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are providing support to young women in North Texas with the GiRL Power Program (Girls in Real Life). At this critical stage in girls’ lives, GiRL Power hopes to strengthen the bond and dialogue between each girl and her mother (or another important woman in her life) in order to build confidence and improve health and well-being.

Established in 2007 and with locations throughout West Texas, the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health is dedicated to the cultivation and advancement of multidisciplinary science in women’s health and to the promotion of the well-being of women.  The Institute builds and offers research, education and community outreach programs to improve the lives of women and their families by applying the resources and expertise from its affiliation with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Angelo State University, which is part of the Texas Tech University System.

The Institute supports scientific discoveries unique to women’s health and gender differences, advances the knowledge of health care professionals through evidence-based resources, and connects with communities for healthier lives. For more information about the Institute, call 806-356-4617 or visit LauraBushInstitute.org.