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Pediatrics by the Sea conference to feature updates on Texas CHIP, health care for children of undocumented immigrants

For immediate release: May 30, 2007 GALVESTON, Texas - The status of children's health care in Texas, the health care crisis endured by children of undocumented immigrants and the global pediatric HIV crisis head the list of topics at the 56th Annual Pediatrics by the Sea Review and Update, June 8-9, at the Galveston Island Convention Center. 5600 Seawall Blvd. About 200 physicians and nurses are expected to attend the two-day conference, sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. John Hellerstedt, medical director of Texas Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, will talk about access to care for Texas children. Dr. Gilberto Handal, chairman of pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso, will discuss the problems related to providing health care services to children of undocumented immigrants. Dr. Mark W. Kline, director of the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, will discuss the global pediatric HIV crisis. Dr. Janak Patel, chairman of the conference organizing committee, said, "These speakers are of particular interest because they'll be talking about issues that involve public policy in Texas and the world." For more information, visit http://www.utcme.net/Registration/event_snapshot.asp?EventID=871. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Public Affairs Office 301 University Boulevard, Suite 3.102 Galveston, Texas 77555-0144 www.utmb.edu



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