The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health staff represent the foundation throughout the state and nationally as leaders in mental health. Hogg staff participate in important discussions at meetings, conferences and trainings. Here is some of what we’ve been up to lately…

  • Vicky Coffee-Fletcher, program officer, attended the annual board meeting of the National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health in Sterling, VA in early May. Vicky has been on the council for two years and currently serves as the secretary and a member of the executive committee.
  • Vicky Coffee-Fletcher was a guest on Health Talks with Shannon Jones on Austin radio station KAZI 88.7 on June 25. Vicky talked about the Austin African American Behavioral Health Network and shared information about mental health, wellness and recovery in the African American community.
  • Vicky Coffee-Fletcher was interviewed by KUT News in June for a story, “Austin African-Americans Face Mental Health Care Barriers,” where she shared information about the Austin African American Behavioral Health Network and challenges faced by African Americans in seeking mental health care.
  • Dr. Lynda Frost, director of planning and programs, co-authored an article for an upcoming issue of The Foundation Review titled: “Moving from partnership to collective accountability and sustainable change: Applying a systems change model to foundations’ evolving roles.”
  • Dr. Lynda Frost directed a State Bar of Texas continuing legal education program on June 28 entitled, “Special Education, Child Welfare and the Juvenile Justice System.”
  • Dr. Michele Guzmán, assistant director for research and evaluation, and Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director, recently took part in a press conference in the Rio Grande Valley about the Lone Star Psychology Residency Consortium, a grant recipient of the Texas Psychology Internships Accreditation Initiative.
  • Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., presented at the behavioral health community forum sponsored by Paso del Norte Health Foundation in El Paso, TX.  His presentation focused on the importance of collaboration, highlighting key leadership actions relevant to improved behavioral health in El Paso County.
  • Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.,participated in the Leadership and Faculty Development Conference and 2013 Minority Health Policy Annual Meeting at Harvard Medical School on May 7.
  • Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., moderated and presented at the Fourth Annual Reede Scholars Health
    Equity Symposium in Boston, MA on May 9. The symposium hosts a multidisciplinary forum that addresses the health and well-being of underserved populations and racial/ethnic minorities through education, research, policy and practice. This year, the theme was, “Mental Health Integration: From Policy to Practice.”
  • Rick Ybarra, program officer, led a panel on national and state trends in integrated health care at the Texas Council of Community Centers’ annual conference in Dallas, TX on June 27.