Straight Talk Texas #5 – A Special Edition: A Conversation with Dr. Mark McClellan, Health Expert for Gov. Abbott’s StrikeForce to Open Texas

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Straight Talk Texas – A Special Edition: A Conversation with Dr. Mark McClellan, Health Expert for Gov. Abbott’s StrikeForce to Open Texas
Date: April 15, 2020

Listen in as Texas 2036 President Margaret Spellings introduces Texas 2036 Chairman Tom Luce and Dr. Mark McClellan, who Governor Greg Abbott has appointed as one of three Texas health experts on the Strike Force to Open Texas. In this role, Dr. McClellan has been working with Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt on the medical architecture needed to comprehensively test and trace COVID-19 that will enable Texans to gradually and safely begin the process of returning to work and other activities.

Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D. serves as the senior health policy advisor and professor of internal medicine at Dell Medical School in Austin. He is also the director of the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. He is a fourth-generation Texan, as well as a former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Today, it’s more important than ever for people across Texas to have access to discussions they can trust about challenges facing our state now and in the future. To be the best place to live and work, we need to listen, learn and be aware of what is on the minds of Texas leaders, policy experts, educators and health professionals.

If history is any guide, Texas can come back strong from the current challenges we face. It’s up to all of us to work together to make sure that happens. So, take 20 minutes and 36 seconds to listen in as state leaders talk about health care, education, workforce development and government performance. We hope these videos will provide a front-row seat to conversations that will illuminate and help shape the historic decisions currently facing our state.