Executive Director Blog

A native Texan and licensed psychiatrist, Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. is the fifth executive director and the first Hispanic to lead the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health since its creation in 1940.

Advancing Wellness & Recovery in Texas

The Shame of Texas

This piece was co-authored with Dr. William S. Bush, author of Circuit Riders for Mental Health: The Hogg Foundation and the Transformation of Mental Health in Texas. It originally ran in the Austin American-Statesman and our blog on the Huffington Post. The Texas...

We Are Failing Young Adults With Psychosis

This post was co-authored with Neely Myers, PhD. The mental health care system is failing young adults who are struggling with the onset of psychosis, the very time when effective help could make a difference. This failure has implications not just for the care of the...

Voices of Recovery: Getting to the Root of Cultural Competence

We are excited to announce the release of new videos in our Voices of Recovery series! Bear Dancers, set in San Antonio, and Una Mente Sana (A Healthy Mind), set just across the border in Veracruz, Mexico, explore the nuances of cultural competence from the standpoint...

Hogg Foundation Statement on Orlando Tragedy

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health grieves for the members of the LGBTQA community in Florida and across the world who have been affected by the horrific act of violence in Orlando this weekend. The Foundation stands with allies of the LGBTQA population to fight...

Executive Director Elected to National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services

Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and associate vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Continue Reading Executive Director Elected to National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services

Stacie Bables, 1967-2015

Our friend and colleague Stacie Bables passed away on Sunday, April 5th, after a long fight with ovarian cancer. Stacie, who joined the foundation in 2006 as assistant director of finance and operations, always called us her “Hogg family,” and the feeling was entirely...

Hogg Foundation Executive Director Elected to Board of Trust for America’s Health

Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. has been elected to the board of Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit organization that advocates for strengthening the nation’s public health system against a wide range of threats to public health, including pandemics, chronic diseases and bioterrorism. Continue Reading Hogg Foundation Executive Director Elected to Board of Trust for America’s Health

On the Tragedy at Fort Hood

  As a nation we'll spend the next weeks and months trying to piece together the details of the shootings this week at Fort Hood. One thing we know right now, which is the most important thing, is that four people are dead (one of them the shooter), 16 are...

Introducing Hogg News

If you do a search for "Hogg Foundation newsletter" at The University of Texas Digital Repository, you will find examples dating back to 1955. Since at least that time, the Hogg Foundation has recognized the importance of timely and regular communication with the...

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