January 3, 2002

FORT WORTH, Texasâ??Fernando Treviño, PhD, MPH, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, has been appointed to the Texas Health Disparities Task Force.

The Texas Legislature created the task force in 2001 to help eliminate inequities in health care and access to health care across the state. Its nine members are charged with consulting with the Texas Department of Health to address gaps in health care in multicultural, disadvantaged, and regional populations in Texas. The task force will also submit an annual report on its progress to the governor and legislative leaders.

Dr. Treviño is past president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations in Geneva, Switzerland, and came to Fort Worth in 1996 from Washington, D.C., where he served as executive director of the American Public Health Association since 1993. In 1998, he was appointed to serve on the Institute of Medicineâ??s Committee on Cancer Research Among Minorities and the Medically Underserved to review the status of cancer research affecting minorities in the United States.

Dr. Treviño is one of three members appointed to the panel by Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff. The governor and the speaker of the house appointed the other six members.

A 1967 graduate of Eagle Pass High School, Dr. Treviño is the son of Manuel and Consuelo Trevino of Eagle Pass.

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