Dear Lyceumites,

Meet Sallie Sherman, one of this year’s Texas Lyceum Fellows. Sallie is a second-year master of international affairs candidate at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, studying international development and economic policy. She completed her undergraduate degree in animal science, also at Texas A&M. Sallie works at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs, where she has contributed to the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program’s work on domestic health policy.

In preparation for the Lyceum’s April 29-May 1 conference “The Opportunities and Obstacles of Aging: From Policy to Personal – Knowing the Facts,” Sallie is analyzing the challenges facing seniors living in rural areas to access health care options comparable to those of their urban counterparts. As the population of Texas ages and population growth is increasingly centered in urban areas, rural healthcare facilities are closing rapidly. Seniors in rural areas face greater challenges getting to their doctors.  This distance barrier to senior healthcare could be mitigated, however, by the expansion of telehealth services. 

The Texas Lyceum launched the fellowship program in 2018 as a way to move the organization toward its roots in public policy. The fellowships are an opportunity for the Lyceum to partner with universities across the state to examine the most pressing policy issues at the forefront of the agenda of our elected officials. The Lyceum expects to host a second fellow at the Midland conference this fall.

Please make sure to join us in Dallas April 29-May 1 to meet Sallie and learn more about how seniors in rural areas can get better access to healthcare.

Regards,

Terry Bruner

Fellowships Chair