Amanda Robbins Head ShotWe are pleased to announce that Amanda Robbins, A.P.R.N., M.S., GCNS-BC, has been named director of the Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Amanda brings more than 13 years of clinical experience to this role. Most recently, she served as Texas Health Fort Worth’s Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program coordinator – a role she has held for two years.

In her new role, Amanda will participate as a memberof the Emergency Services leadership team to support internal stakeholders at the hospital and within the community as a whole. She will promote clinical excellence, interprofessional communication, education, and original research by way of joint collaboration among pre-hospital and hospital emergency services through the Fort Worth Emergency Services Collaborative, Emergency Services Operations Board, and by servicing as co-chair of the Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition.

Amanda holds a Master of Science in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Please join us in CONGRATULATING Amanda and WELCOMING her in this new role!

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The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities conducts an annual survey on an aspect of living in Texas with a disability. This year the Committee is interested in examining the impact of the aging population across our ten issue areas, which are: access, communication, education, emergency management, health, housing, recreation, transportation, veterans and workforce.
Today, people are living longer and the U.S. population in general is increasingly older. Beginning in 2005, Texas has experienced the largest annual population growth of any state. Seniors, those over 65 years of age, are projected to more than triple in size from 2010 to 2050, approaching 7.9 million. The age category including those 45 to 64 years of age is projected to be the second fastest growing age group, growing 55% by 2050 to a population of over 9.3 million. Much of the population growth in Texas is projected to come from the large urban counties of Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, and Travis, but the fastest growth is projected to occur in the suburban rings surrounding these counties. (data from Texas State Demographer reports)

About the Survey (s): This year the survey will be divided into two parts. Part 1 will be available during the month of July. Part 2 will be available for the month of August.
• To take Part 1 of the Aging Related Disabilities Survey,HERE (July 1 to July 31)

Alternative formats are available in large print, Spanish or can be voiced out by phone with assistance of staff. For any alternative format, email or call at 512-463-5739.
Si a usted le gustaría aprovechar esta encuesta en español por favor envíe un correo electrónico a Stephanie Myers @

**Local Mayor’s Committee’s on People with Disabilities, Centers for Independent Living, and Area Agencies on Aging are encouraged to share the survey email and link with their local communities.

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