By UTMB communications department
"Jump-starting the health care marketplace in Galveston County” will be presented by Pam Jahnke, chief nursing officer for the Galveston County Health District, and UTMB’s Ruben Escamilla, at the next Healthy Health Policy lunch and lecture series at noon Wednesday in the Levin Hall dining room, at 10th and Market streets.

The series is sponsored by the Offices of the President and Health Policy and Legislative Affairs, and co-sponsored by the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities and the UTMB student chapters of the American Medical Association and the Texas Medical Association.

Contact Becky Trout at or 409-747-2734.

Stroke support group meeting
Thanks and sharing are the theme of this month’s UTMB stroke support group meeting, being held a week earlier than usual because of Thanksgiving.

The group, for people who have had a stroke, their spouses, caregivers and significant others, will meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the outpatient physical therapy/occupational therapy clinic, Entrance B, Suite 123 of the Primary Care Pavilion at 400 Harborside Drive in Galveston.

Free parking is available. Call 409-772-1833 or go to

Reconstruction of a survivor
The next meeting of the UTMB Breast Cancer Support Group for women diagnosed with breast cancer will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 2098 W. Main St., in League City.

The group helps women at any stage of diagnosis and treatment understand that breast cancer affects them both emotionally and spiritually, not just physically.

A light meal and refreshments will be offered. Meetings are hosted the third Thursday of each month.

Contact Stella Turrubiate at or go to

Construction extends
Beginning this week, Market Street westbound will be closed from Fourth Street (Holiday Drive) to Sixth Street. Market Street will become a one-way street eastbound from 12th Street to Fourth Street.

This is for the ongoing installation of underground utilities along the perimeter of the Galveston campus.

Construction is expected to last through October 2014.

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