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Motherhood and Mental Health

Postpartum depression is not uncommon. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 11-20% of women who give birth each year have postpartum depression symptoms. Sarah Guy, a doctoral student in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, and a 2016 recipient of the Hogg Foundation’s Frances Fowler Wallace Award, suggests that those statistics are underestimated because postpartum depression too often goes unrecognized or is not discussed. Continue Reading Motherhood and Mental Health

Improving Academic Achievement Through Mental Health

Since the brain is not fully matured until age 20 or later, most students don’t have fully matured systems of emotional regulation and behavioral control during key educational phases: kindergarten through college. This can be a challenge for teachers and professors who have deep expertise in their specialties, but little training to support student mental health. Continue Reading Improving Academic Achievement Through Mental Health

How do Romantic Partners Adapt to Chronic Illness?

Kristen Farris, a doctoral student in the Communication Studies department at The University of Texas at Austin, has begun her dissertation titled, “Supportive Interactions and Psychosocial Outcomes in the Context of Rheumatic Disorders.” The Hogg Foundation is...

Innovations in Integrated Health Care for Children

Integrated health care is the coordination of physical and behavioral health care. In 2012, Harris County Protective Services (HCPS) received funding from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to plan and implement an integrated health care program for children ages...

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...

Early Intervention in Psychosis

Evidence suggests that psychosis, in at least some cases, has a similar disease course to other chronic illnesses. Cancer, for example, progresses along a continuum, and we know that if we intervene early we can create optimal outcomes for a cancer diagnosis. More and...

Breaking Barriers on Health Disparities

Discovery, Delivery and Disparities “We’re into the business of discovery, but we’re not in the business of delivery. And that needs to change.” Dr. Lovell Jones is Professor Emeritus at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, a molecular endocrinologist, and an expert in...

Peer Support with an Artistic Flair

When my teammate Christina arrived on the Austin State Hospital peer support team three years ago, it was clear that she had a theatrical bent. I will never forget her cobalt-blue hair and the feathery dangling earrings she wore the day I met her. She soon introduced...

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...

The Times are Changing – Our Mental Wellness is at Stake

Come gather ‘round people, wherever you roam And admit that the waters around you have grown And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone If your time to you is worth savin’ Then you better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone For the times they are...

The Art of Hanging Out: Lessons from the Lounge

Hanging out. It seems like a trivial term. A time-waster. Something that young people do, perhaps, before they grow up and begin useful lives with adult responsibilities. But since the peer support team at Austin State Hospital (ASH) converted the old client library...

Trauma and the DSM: Paradigm Shifts Don’t Come Easy

  Guest post by Toni Watt, Ph.D., with contributions by Laurie Seremetis, M.D.    Children in state custody have experienced maltreatment, neglect, and family disruption. Thus, behavioral health systems serving these children need to be trauma-informed....

The Trek Towards the IHC Summit Continues!

The nationwide movement to advance Integrated Health Care (IHC) as a standard of care continues! It has been a mountain climb, but we have made significant progress over the past five to seven years moving incrementally towards the summit. To date, numerous studies...

Wallace Award Winner: Discourse and Diagnosis in ADHD

Marian Morris, a doctoral student in the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin, and a 2016 recipient of the Frances Fowler Wallace Award from the Hogg Foundation, has recently completed her dissertation, “A Discourse Analysis of How Nurses Talk about...

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...

Into the Fold, Episode 25: Circuit Riders for Mental Health

William S. Bush is a professor of history at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. His forthcoming book, "Circuit Riders for Mental Health: The Hogg Foundation and the Transformation for Mental Health in Texas." The book is an exhaustively researched and revealing...

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...

Into the Fold, Episode 24: A New Mental Health App Comes to UT

Health and wellness apps are much in the news these days, and now with Thrive@UT, the new mental health app geared toward students, The University of Texas at Austin has staked its own claim on this new frontier. In this episode of Into the Fold, Chris Brownson, Elana...

What Can Health Care Learn from Silicon Valley? Lots!

A Harvard Business Review article dated April 26, 2016, got me reexamining the cliché “let’s not reinvent the wheel.” When one thinks of startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs, we often look west to Silicon Valley, the heart and soul of the technology industry. Many...

A Resource for Children and Youth in Foster Care

Texas Child Protective Services (CPS) is the latest health and human services agency to face a public outcry over its management and performance. As reported in the Dallas Morning News and elsewhere, high staff turnover caused by overwhelming case loads and low pay...

Illustrating Hogg

As an organization, the Hogg Foundation is tactful about the public stands it takes. Whenever possible, we try to walk that fine line between blandly universal pronouncements (i.e. "mental health matters!") that hardly merit an op-ed and chasing after "relevance" in a...

Is Mental Health Being Ignored in Presidential Politics?

  Has there been conversation about mental health in this year’s presidential race? Sure. Has it been substantive and thorough? That’s open for debate. The remaining candidates have, for the most part, only scratched the surface of the issue, often treating it as...

PeerFest Online Symposium: Why We Play (Part 2)

For an explanation of the PeerFest Online Symposium, see this blog post. Thanks to Laura Khalil, John King, Wendy Latham, Dan Oppenheimer and Flora Releford for their willingness to take part. To learn more about PeerFest 2016, visit www.peerfest.org.   Question:...

Into the Fold, Episode 22: Restorative Discipline in Schools

    There is a wealth of research on the relationship between school discipline and academic achievement among school age children and adolescents. Studies show persistent racial disparities in the type, frequency and harshness of discipline meted out to...

PeerFest Online Symposium: Why We Play (Part 1)

For an explanation of the PeerFest Online Symposium, see this blog post. Thanks to Laura Khalil, John King, Wendy Latham, Dan Oppenheimer and Flora Releford for their willingness to take part. To learn more about PeerFest 2016, visit www.peerfest.org.   Question:...

PeerFest 2016: An Online Symposium

  PeerFest 2016 is nearly upon us. What is PeerFest? It is the Hogg Foundation's first attempt at a Texas-themed event that is by and for "consumers" - persons with lived mental health experience. Similar in design to the national Alternatives conference,...

Diversity of Providers in Health Care is Key

A recent policy brief published in the Journal of American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM) reports that, although an increasing number of primary care physicians are incorporating nurse practitioners (NPs) and physicians’ assistants (PAs) into their patient care...

Health Care Reform: A Rechartered Agenda

Happy 2016! It is an exciting time indeed! Presidential debates, political agendas in play, international and domestic issues front and center, major decisions that will impact the lives of all Americans…and none more important than health care reform! I’d like to...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Mental Health

Past and present members of the Hogg Foundation National Advisory Council peer around the corner toward the future of mental health in America. We asked current and former members of our National Advisory Council for their thoughts on what they saw as the future of...

Moore Fellowship Recipient Completes Dissertation

Courtney ValentineCourtney Valentine, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, and a 2014 recipient of the Harry E. and Bernice M. Moore Fellowship from the Hogg Foundation, has recently completed her...

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

Podcast: Digitizing Psychiatric Records from Segregated Era

Assessing how far we've come in our treatment of persons with mental illness demands that we understand where we've been. In this episode of Into the Fold, Dr. Patricia Galloway discusses the monumental effort to digitally preserve patient records from the...

Follow the Money!

A recent GAO report has shed light on our progress (or lack thereof) in delivering effective care and bending the cost curve. It is well worth the read, especially with an eye on what strategies can be implemented to address providing care with the aim (that’s the...

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Behavior in Schools

by Dr. Lynda Frost This past month the Hogg Foundation launched an RFP for a new grant program, “Trauma-Informed Approaches to Behavior in Schools.” You can read the details of the program in the RFP but, for me, the easiest way to think about it is to consider one of...

Mental Health and Social Policy: A Q&A with Benita Bamgbade

by Ike Evans On the Hogg Foundation website, there are currently six policy briefs that were each authored by a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin. What else do they have in common? All of the students recently completed an interdisciplinary...

Into the Fold, Episode 10: The Threat of Stereotypes

by Ike Evans The Hogg Foundation does its part to combat damaging stereotypes, particularly those that affect persons with mental health conditions. Stereotypes and stigma go hand-in-hand. Not only are they antithetical to effective, person-centered treatment, but...

Carey Pulverman Wins Frances Fowler Wallace Award

Carey S. Pulverman, a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin, was selected to receive the 2015 Frances Fowler Wallace Memorial for Mental Health Dissertation Award by the Hogg Foundation. The award will go to support...

Mental Health and Social Policy: A Q&A with Margo Johnson

by Ike Evans On the Hogg Foundation website, there are currently six policy briefs that were each authored by a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin. What else do they have in common? All of the students were either Hogg Foundation graduate research...

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 Commended in Senate Resolution

We are incredibly excited to announce that on Mar. 17, 2015, the Hogg Foundation was officially commended in a Texas Senate resolution (SR 267) commemorating our 75th anniversary and recognizing the foundation's contributions to Texas mental health since its inception...

The Health Cost of Aging in America

There is much attention given to older Americans and health care, and countless sources of information on the topic. A foundation colleague recently sent me this infograph published by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. It is...

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

Engagement Report 2014

The Hogg Foundation's Engagement Report 2014 is now hot off the presses! The Engagement Report is our biannual update on some of the most noteworthy developments in the recent life of the foundation, our grant activities, strategic priorities, and recent milestones...

Dr. Martinez On Solitary Confinement

In recent days, there have been a number of news stories on the use of solitary confinement in the criminal justice system. The brunt of the news coverage strongly suggests that policymakers are beginning to reconsider the widespread use of this psychologically...

The Cost of Care: Your Money or Your Life!

Now that I have your attention! The Dallas Morning News article included in the Feb. 2, 2015 Mental Health Daily titled, “Cost of Care: The U.S. health care system is bleeding green” is an excellent read! Two compelling graphs (continuous rise in health care costs...

Hogg Hosting Public Forum on Violence Prevention

The Hogg Foundation is excited to announce that, on February 5, 2015, we are hosting a public forum: "How the Public Mental Health System Can Help Prevent Violent Tragedies." The featured speaker is Dr. Joel Dvoskin, a forensic and clinical psychologist and a...

Into the Fold: Peer Support as Innovative Disruption

by Ike Evans As peer support continues to come into its own as a professional discipline, its most enthusiastic proponents are taking up the challenge of making sure that its innovative edge is not blunted. The ever greater elaboration of peer support standards and...

Barbara Granger: Amplifying the Family Voice

by Ike Evans It is now accepted wisdom that caregivers are sorely tested by the mental health challenges of their loved ones, as well as by the need to navigate the maze of services and supports that are intended to help. A lot more needs to be said, however, about...

Thank You, Texans Care for Children!

by Ike Evans   Not only are the Hogg Policy Fellows doing admirable work in the area of mental health policy reform and advocacy, but through the Hogg Mental Health Policy Academy they also function as a learning community with a shared pool of experiences and...

Video: What do grant makers look for in proposals?

by Rick Ybarra Today, The Chronicle of Philanthropy posted a video titled, Foundations Reveal What They Look for in Grant Proposals. The video was taken during the Council on Foundation's recent annual conference in Washington, D.C. It is a brief, inside perspective...

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