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QEP forum: The state legislative process and the lobbyist’s role

When & Where

January 14
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Event Description

Have you ever wondered how lobbyists affect health care policy and access to care?

A virtual forum explaining the state legislative process and the lobbyist’s role will be held at noon on Friday, Jan. 14. The discussion will be livestreamed at

Panelists include:

  • Denise Rose, partner at the Jackson Walker law firm and former assistant vice president for Legislative Affairs at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
  • John Pitts, founder and managing principal of Texas Star Alliance, a bipartisan government affairs group
  • Clayton Travis, director of advocacy and policy for the Texas Pediatric Society

The discussion will be moderated by Scott Forbes, senior vice president of Government Relations at UTHealth Houston.  

The discussion is the first in a series highlighting how public policy affects health care and research.

Upcoming forums include:

  • April 8: The 87thLegislative session: How did health care fare?
  • 23: The health policy agenda for the 88thLegislative session

The series is a collaboration between the McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics and the UTHealth Houston Office of Governmental Relations.

It is part of UTHealth Houston’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is focused on Health Care Policy for Health Professionals. Known as HP2, this QEP promotes student engagement, critical thinking, and career preparedness, and reflects the university’s commitment to institutional quality and effectiveness.

Read more about the QEP on the UTHealth Houston intranet.

If you go:

What: “The state legislative process and the lobbyist’s role”

When: Noon, Friday, Jan. 14.

Where: Join the live event at

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