New Perspectives: Mental Health in Texas

Online Program

June 15, 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm

A conversation on the evolution of mental health care in Texas.

Event Details

Join historian Dr. William Bush and Dr. Octavio Martinez for a look at mental health in Texas. Dr. Martinez is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. He is also the Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, which has been educating, advocating, and funding mental health programs in Texas since 1940. This program will introduce the work of the foundation, the evolution of mental health care needs and services in Texas over the years and inform guests about pressing issues in the state today that the foundation is working to address.

This conversation will be recorded for use as a special episode of the Hogg Foundation’s podcast, Into the Fold.

This program is available as an on-demand recording for CPE credit. To get access to the link and a certificate email

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About the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

Established in 1940, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health envisions a future in which the people of Texas thrive in communities that support mental health and well-being. Using a variety of approaches, including grantmaking, convening, research and public policy, the foundation works collaboratively to transform how communities promote mental health in everyday life.

About the Presenters

Dr. William Bush is Professor of History at Texas A&M University San Antonio where he teaches classes on U.S. History, social and cultural history, and research methods. His second book, Circuit Riders for Mental Health: The Hogg Foundation in Twentieth-Century Texas, was published by Texas A&M University Press in 2016. The book explores the transformation of popular understandings of mental health, the reform of scandal-ridden hospitals and institutions, the emergence of community mental health services, and the extension of mental health services to minority populations around the state of Texas. 

Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., F.A.P.A., is executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. Martinez also holds the appointments of Senior Associate Vice-President within the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement where he heads up the Community Integrated Health Initiatives program for the Division, and the Associate Chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Dell Medical School, Clinical Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work; Faculty Affiliate of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice in the School of Law, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio. Martinez currently serves on the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity.

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, performances, and scholarship guests are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

Mental Health: Mind Matters was produced for North America by the Science Museum of Minnesota in collaboration with Heureka: The Finnish Science Centre.

Sponsored by The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall Fund.

Funding has been provided to the Bullock Museum from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021

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