Texas Universities Push for Bill Funding Construction To Train More Medical Students Amid Shortage

Texas public university leaders are hoping that the Legislature will pass a bill during the third special session this year that would free up millions of dollars of funding for new and existing buildings.

Many of the projects mentioned in the bill include funding for the construction and upgrading of health care education and research facilities at various public universities — including the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University and Texas Tech University — as the state tackles a longtime shortage of health care workers accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Texas has a shortage of medical professionals, in particular nurses and occupational therapists and physical therapists,” said Matthew Flores, a Texas Woman’s University spokesperson.

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