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Deputy Chief Medical Officer of A.H.A to speak at local conference

PALESTINE, June 24, 2013--Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP is deputy chief medical officer for the American Heart Association National Center. From 2008 until March 2013, he served as vice president and chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX). Prior to that, Dr. Sanchez served as the director of the Institute for Health Policy at the University of Texas - School of Public Health and before that as commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from 2004 to 2006 and the Texas Department of Health from 2001 to 2004. And he served as the local public health officer in Austin-Travis County from 1994 to 1998.

Dr. Sanchez currently serves as Chair of the Partnership for Prevention Board of Directors and Chair of the National Commission on Prevention Priorities.  He serves on the Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Advisory Board, and a number of other local and national boards.  He is the recipient of numerous awards.

Dr. Sanchez received his M.D. from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, an M.P.H. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, and an M.S. in biomedical engineering from Duke University.  He holds a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a B.A. in chemistry from Boston University.  Dr. Sanchez is board certified in family medicine.

Dr. Sanchez will be the keynote and brunch speaker for the Dogwood Trails Child Care Conference held in Palestine on June 29.  His primary focus is on children’s health and will speak on nutrition and the health of the child.

Early childhood educators and others who want to hear Dr. Sanchez speak, as well as, learn more about early childhood education are invited to attend the Dogwood Trails Child Care Conference which will be held at the Southside Baptist Church in Palestine.  This conference is presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Family and Consumer Science county agents from Anderson, Houston, Cherokee and Nacogdoches Counties.    

The conference will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013 with pre-registration to begin at 7:30 a.m. and speakers beginning at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 1 pm.   Topics will include child care licensing updates, disaster management in the child care setting, poison control, children and screen time as well as age appropriate activities. 

Pre-Registration is $35.00 and increases to $50 at the door or if not postmarked by June 19.   Participants my register by sending payment and a completed registration to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office Houston County c/o Mandy Patrick, 716 Wells Street, Crockett Texas 75835.    Brunch will also be provided along with opportunities to network with other participants in the field and visit with vendors and view exhibits.

Dogwood Trails child care conference participants will receive up to 5 clock hours plus 1 additional hour from 1:00-2:00pm for those needing training on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Shaken Baby Syndrome and Early Brain Development. 

Hands-on workshops are planned throughout the day for participants working with all ages, from infants through school-age children.  For more information or a registration form regarding the Dogwood Trails Child Care Conference, please contact Holly Black, Family & Consumer Sciences Extension Agent at 903-723-3735 or hdblack@ag.tamu.edu.

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