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Design Institute for Health applies creative design to health care challenges

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
By VERA BESPALOVA, The Daily Texan

The Design Institute of Health’s executive director Stacey Chang and managing director Beto Lopez recently spoke to UT students and faculty about their organization. The DIH is the result of a collaboration between UT’s College of Fine Arts and the Dell Medical School, and it will be applying a creative design-based approach to solving health care challenges.


Texas Asks Feds for Short-Term Medicaid Funds

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016
By Edgar Walters – Texas Tribune

Texas state health officials have confirmed they have asked the Obama administration for a short-term, 15-month continuation of Medicaid money. This will help Texas hospitals treat the uninsured, and also provide temporary relief to providers losing funds.


Austin’s economic success a miracle for some, mirage for others

Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2016
By Dan Zehr – American-Statesman Staff

The Statesman Editorial Board reflects on the recent study showing that the cities in which poor Americans live affect their life expectancy, and why the life expectancy of Austin’s poor is actually dropping. They point to capable people and organizations that can influence change, including elected city council members, Travis County commissioners, and officials with Central Health and Capital Metro.