Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Experts Named to American Heart Association
State Advocacy Committee
March 3, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2006
CONTACT: Suzanna Cisneros Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org
LUBBOCK – Two Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center experts have been named
to the American Heart Association Texas Affiliate State Advocacy Committee. Thomas
Tenner Jr., Ph.D., interim associate dean for Faculty Affairs and Development, and
David Porras Jr., managing director of Administrative Services for the Health Sciences
Center in El Paso, began their term this month.
Among Texas residents, cardiovascular disease claimed 53,907 lives in 2002. The leading
cause of death in Texas since 1940, it accounts for one out of every four deaths.
The AHA board approved the creation of this committee with the goal of having a structured
group of volunteers that can help craft their legislative message and engage elected
officials with the mission of the American Heart Association.
The American Heart Association had one of its most successful sessions during the
79th regular session with the creation of a statewide stroke plan, a pilot project
for rural emergency dispatch, along with other issues. With the creation of this committee
and the support of this key group of volunteers, Tenner and Porras hope to build on
those successes and continue with the elimination of heart disease and stroke.