Foundation interns present study at TPHA Conference

Rachel Blaydes with her presentation yesterday in San Antonio.

DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation interns Rachel Blaydes and Alex Fernandez displayed their work over the past semester with a poster presentation on North Texas behavioral health during the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) Annual Conference on March 18 in San Antonio.

Coordinated by Dr. Sushma Sharma, the DFWHC Foundation’s director of population health research, the University of North Texas Health Science Center interns’ presentation detailed disparities associated with mental health treatment across 16 North Texas counties.

This study is the first effort to identify characteristics associated with behavioral health and substance misuse across 16 North Texas counties. The report’s conclusion revealed that while there is a high demand for behavioral health and substance misuse providers, there is a severe shortage in the region.

The TPHA had its origin in the Texas Association of Sanitarians, which was organized in Austin in 1923. The object of the association is to protect and promote the health of Texas citizens. This was its 95th annual conference.

You can view the poster here.

For information, please contact Dr. Sharma at