Save the Date: April 18th
Opioid and Substance Abuse Disorder Symposium
I commend University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs and Baylor College of Medicine for holding an important symposium on opioid and substance abuse disorder next month. Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz will be speaking, who is the lead federal official on opioid and substance abuse disorder and heads the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services. The symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 18th at the Baylor College of Medicine’s Cullen Auditorium in the Texas Medical Center.
For more information and to RSVP, please click here.
House Select Committee on Opioid and Substance Abuse Holds First Hearing
House Speaker Joe Straus and the Texas House reacted by creating the House Select Committee on Opioid and Substance Abuse. I am proud to be serving on this committee, chaired by Representative Four Price (R-Amarillo). Thank you to Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) for appointing me to this important committee.
The House Select Committee on Opioid and Substance Abuse held its first hearing on Tuesday, March 27th at the Texas Capitol in Austin. There was invited testimony from different experts to examine an array of issues regarding opioid and substance abuse. We discussed substance abuse, state funded programs, and an overview of the epidemic and its societal and economic impacts.
The County Affairs Committee that I chair will continue to discuss opioid and substance abuse disorder in our oversight capacity, which we began this interim in August 2017 (click here to watch).
From left to right: Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), Sandra Tarlton (Committee Director), Chairman Four Price (R-Amarillo), Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston), and Rep. J.D. Sheffield, PhD (R-Gatesville).
Members of the House Select Committee on Opioid and Substance Abuse, from left to right: Rep. Ina Minajarez (D-San Antonio), Rep. Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston), Rep. Toni Rose (D-Dallas), Chair of the Corrections Committee Rep. James White (R-Hillister), Chair of the County Affairs Committee Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), Sandra Tarlton (Committee Director), Chairman Four Price (R-Amarillo), Chair of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee Joe Moody (D-El Paso), Chair of the Urban Affairs Committee Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston), Rep. J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville), Rep. Poncho Nevarez (D-Eagle Pass), Rep. Andrew Murr (R-Junction), and Rep. Jay Dean (R-Longview).
Above is the agenda from Tuesday’s hearing outlining the subjects discussed with a list of invited speakers.
Time to Show up for Black Mothers Summit
According to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control, Black women are 243% more likely to die after giving birth than women of other races. This is an issue I have focused on during my time in the Legislature.
I passed legislation twice to create the Women’s Health Program that was vetoed both times by Governor Bush and Governor Perry. I also passed legislation creating the Health Disparities Task Force, which works to end health outcome disparities based on gender, religion, and ethnicity/race. Representative Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) introduced a bill to expand the task force to include our foster care system which I joint-authored.
I have authored a bill for the last two sessions to expand Medicaid and CHIP for mothers to a full year of postpartum care, including PPD screenings and treatment. The bill was voted out of the Public Health Committee last session and I plan on filing this bill again. A similar bill was passed during the 2017 special session that I joint authored with Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston) to expand PPD services in Texas’ CHIP and Medicaid program. I also joint-authored legislation introduced by Rep. Thierry during the 2017 regular session to improve the maternal mortality boardby looking into how race/ethnicity impacts outcomes.
I was honored to speak at the Show Up for Black Mothers summit about such important issues facing Black mothers. The summit took place on March 27th at the historic Huston-Tillotson University – the only HBCU in Austin.Dr. Michele Rountree, Associate Director at University of Texas’ Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis established the Black Mamas Community Collective, which inspired the all-day summit.
Thank you to all who came out for this important discussion.
Representative Coleman addresses attendees at the Show Up for Black Mothers Summit on Tuesday at Austin’s Huston-Tillotson University.
Dr. Michele Rountree, Associate Director at University of Texas’ Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis, presents Representative Coleman (D-Houston) with a commemorative shirt from Tuesday’s Show Up for Black Mothers Summit.
Representative Coleman speaks with Meta Brown, an attendee of Tuesday’s Show Up for Black Mothers Summit. Rep. Coleman’s late father, Dr. John B. Coleman, was Meta Brown’s OB/GYN in Houston.
League of Women Voters of the Houston Area Presents: Repast with Political Pioneers
Thank you to the League of Women Voters-Houston Area for hosting the annual Repast with Political Pioneers Luncheon on Monday, March 26th. Since 2002, the League of Women Voters honors distinguished individuals at their annual Repast luncheon.
I was an honoree at the 2016 Repast luncheon alongside Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. The honorees for Repast 2018 are Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen, Council Member Karla Cisneros, Council Member Amanda Edwards, and Council Member Brenda Stardig.
Congratulations to this year’s Repast honorees. From left to right: Council Member Karla Cisneros, Council Member Amanda Edwards, Council Member Brenda Stardig, and Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen.
Representative Garnet Coleman joins attendees Lindsay Lanagan, Jenn Char and Carl Davis (from left to right) at the at Monday’s League of Women Voters of Houston Area Annual Repast with Political Pioneers Luncheon.
Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) and Representative Shawn Thierry (D-Houston) at Monday’s League of Women Voters of Houston Area Annual Repast with Political Pioneers Luncheon.
Neighborhood Fantasies Exhibit at Project Row Houses Open Until April 22nd
Neighborhood Fantasies, presented by Project Row Houses
2521 Holman Street
Houston, TX 77004
EXHIBIT VIEWING HOURS:
Wed – Sun | Noon to 5pm
*Neighborhood Fantasies runs through April 22nd*
Below is an explanation of the exhibit from Project Row Houses.
Curated by Kathleen Coleman in conjunction with Fotofest 2018.“Neighborhood Fantasies integrates the spirit of an emerging art photographer Evan Coleman with the work of PRH founding artist Jesse Lott. This exhibition is curated by Kathleen Coleman.
The Houston urban landscape is an eclectic image of symbolic eras in time. The photographer Evan Coleman has captured the images of homes, office buildings, flora, fauna, roads, and houses; front yards where a person rides in a car or walks down a major street and a back road, familiar depictions portrayed in photo montages such as: a trailer, hamburger joints, resale businesses or party events are included. There are familiar images in the collages–a water hose, a variety of mangos, giant watermelons floating across the sky to create everyday dreams as we ride along. Let us not forget the porcelain cats resting in the window of a house, in a day dream; a central, focal image throughout the exhibition. The fantasy photo of a windowsill of cats is inviting Jesse Lott, who inserted a dog to peer at them through the window.
Jesse Lott has made blind cuts, and separated them by color, thus creating the opportunity to assemble a puzzle which has never been solved. This concept in brief can be thought of as documentation of the reality reconstructed as a fantasy supplemented with the original subject matter. Recontextualization places the images into a new perspective, meaning changes within the point of view of the artist applied, which inspires the public to visualize and imagine the symbols or the object commonly viewed in our daily lives. In the collages, a bounce house is cut up and fruit from a stand is placed to add color with common objects to form depth and structure such as concrete.
The countless forms of architecture from one neighborhood to another incorporate Houston’s diversity at its finest, in addition to revealing gentrification from one street to another. Repetitive objects are common features in the artwork in Neighborhood Fantasies therefore a perception is a sense of belonging in the heart of the city through art and collective experiences. The concept is evolving to produce involvement within the community to enlighten themselves within their own area. The artist team will continue to conceive fantasy from random reality.
Thank you to our sponsors Melanie Lawson, John Guess, A Rocket Moving and Storage, Womack Development, and Mayberry Homes.”
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