Senator Nelson Receives "Women's Health Hero" Award

May 24, 2013

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson received the Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition "Women's Health Hero" award today to honor her substantial efforts promoting women's healthcare during the 83rd Legislative Session.

"After working hard this session to ensure that Texas women will continue to have access to care, I am very proud to receive this award," said Senator Nelson. "The Legislature came together to ensure we meet our needs for women’s health, and we were able to add $100 million to the budget for services. I believe in the power of prevention for Texas women and know the work we did this year will have a real impact."

"The Texas Women's Healthcare Coalition is immensely grateful to Senator Nelson for her leadership for women's preventive care," said Dr. Janet Realini, Chair of the Coalition. "Her support for family planning helped ensure increased funding, which translates into better health for Texas women and babies -- and lower tax costs for our state."

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, the chair of the Article II workgroup, and the lead negotiator for Article II on the SB 1 Conference Committee, Senator Nelson played a large role in increasing funding for women's health this session. Under her leadership, the budget currently includes more than $100 million above the base budget for women's health.

Members of the Texas Women's Healthcae Coalition include:

Steering Committee Members

Texas Medical Association
District XI (Texas) American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Texas Academy of Family Physicians
Methodist Healthcare Ministries
Texas Association of Community Health Centers
Center for Public Policy Priorities
Women’s Health and Family Planning Association of Texas
Healthy Futures of Texas
Teaching Hospitals of Texas

General Membership

Texas Medical Association Alliance
Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Texas Pediatric Society
Texas Hospital Association
Texas Nurses Association
Children’s Hospital Association of Texas
Texans Care for Children
Department of Ob/Gyn of UNTHSC and the ForHER Institute
National Council of Jewish Women—Texas State Policy Advocacy Network
Susan Wolfe and Associates
Family Health Care, Inc.
Healthy Futures Alliance
Texas Health Institute
Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility
Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry
Center for Community Health, UNTHSC
Gateway to Care
Consortium of Texas Certified Nurse Midwives
University Health System
San Antonio Metro Health Clinic
South Texas Family Planning & Health Corp.
Texas Council on Family Violence
People’s Community Clinic
St. David’s Foundation
Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice
League of Women Voters of Texas
Texas Nurse Practitioners