FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 07/25/2014
Rep. Clardy Appointed to Select Committee
AUSTIN, TX - Today, State Representative Travis Clardy was appointed by Speaker Joe Straus to the House Select Committee on Health Care Education and Training.
“I’m truly honored to accept this appointment and thank the Speaker for his faith in me and the other committee members to study this pressing issue. Our future is inextricably intertwined with the quality of education for all Texans and we are in great need of adding more health care professionals to our workforce,” said Rep. Clardy.
The committee will assess the demand for health professionals across the state. It will also examine ways to better align public schools, as well as colleges and universities, with the needs of health care employers.
“The strength of our health care workforce directly impacts the quality of care that Texans receive,” said Speaker Straus, San Antonio. “It also matters a great deal to our economy. Too many health jobs are unfilled, while too many Texans are not prepared to succeed in the workforce. The work of this committee will help more Texans prepare for successful careers in a very important field.”
Texas faces severe shortages in the health sector. Of the state’s 254 counties, 177 were designated all or partial Health Professional Shortage Areas this year by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration and 207 counties were named shortage areas for mental health services. Many of the jobs that see persistent shortages do not require four-year college degrees.
In addition, Texas hospitals experience higher vacancy and turnover rates for nurses than similar states. Such rates are even higher in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
Rep. Clardy is currently serving his first term as the State Representative for House District 11, which includes Cherokee, Nacogdoches, and Rusk counties.