RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TX – About 15 Catholic Church parishes will host health district forums throughout Hidalgo County beginning this last week of August.

On Aug. 10, the Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court approved the petition for the creation of a Health Care District in Hidalgo County to appear on the county’s general election ballot come November.

Before then, Reverend Jerry Frank of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in San Juan will host workshops educating parishioners about the benefits of a healthcare district. Valley Interfaith will also be hosting workshops independent from Rev. Frank’s.

Rev. Frank said the workshops will have a multilevel presentation. He said administrators from the local non-profit and federally-qualified clinics will be in attendance to give input, along with hospital officials and and leaders from the RGV Equal Voice Network. The clinics include Nuestra Clinica del Valle, a federally qualified clinic with nine facilities in Hidalgo County, El Milagro clinic in McAllen, Hope Clinic in Mcallen and Desarrollo Humano Clinic in Pueblo de Palmas.

“First of all, we’ll have one or two representatives speak very shortly from the nine clinics [and] the three non-profits. Then we’ll have somebody that represents the other interests on the health district, Ramiro Garza for example, speak about the benefits for the community at large for a health district especially for the medical school. And then we’ll [open up for] questions,” Rev. Frank told the Rio Grande Guardian.

Rev. Frank previously voted against a health district in 2014. However, Frank changed his stance after hospital chiefs agreed to allocate 20 percent of the health district’s revenues toward non-profit and federally qualified clinics. 

The health district workshops schedule is featured below.

August 25, Thursday 7:30p.m. Sacred Heart in Hidalgo 308 E Camelia St., Hidalgo Fr. Mario Aviles
August 30, Tuesday 7:00p.m. Our Lady of Sorrows in McAllen McAllen

1108 W. Hackberry, McAllen

Msgr. Gustavo Barrera
September 4, Sunday 7:00p.m. Sacred Heart in Elsa 1100 N. Broadway, Elsa Fr. Ruben Delgado
September 6, Tuesday 7:00p.m. St. John the Baptist in San Juan 216 W. 1st St., San Juan Fr. Jerry Frank
September 7, Wednesday 6:30p.m. St. Joan of Arc in Weslaco 109 S. Illinois Ave., Weslaco Fr. Francisco Solis
September 12, Monday 7:00p.m. St. Jude’s in Pharr 505 S. Ironwood, Pharr Fr. Jose Losoya
September 13, Tuesday 7:00p.m. St. Paul’s in Mission 119 Francisco Ave., Mission Fr. Gregory Kuczmanski
September 14, Wednesday 7:00p.m. San Martin de Porres in Alton 106 S. Alton Blvd, Alton Fr. Luis Sanchez
September 20, Tuesday 7:00p.m. Juan Diego in McAllen 3309 Helena Ave., McAllen Fr. Alejandro Flores
September 21, Wednesday 7:00p.m. Queen of Angels in La Joya 916 South Leo Ave., La Joya Fr. Jaime Torres
September 27, Tuesday 7:00p.m. Sacred Heart in McAllen 306 S. 15th St., McAllen Fr. Thomas Luczak
September 28, Wednesday 7:00p.m. St. Theresa of Infant Jesus in Edcouch 200 P. Salazar, Edcouch Fr. Eduardo Gomez
September 29, Thursday 7:00p.m. St. Joseph in Donna 306 S. D Blvd., Donna Fr. Robert DeLong