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Trustee Online - Trustee Advocacy & Political Activity
Published by Texas Healthcare Trustees

Welcome to TRUSTEE ONLINE, providing 24/7 education for hospital and health care trustees. Exceptional boards add significant value to their organizations!

With an appropriate understanding of their roles as well as good preparation, hospital trustees can help raise awareness of issues in the community, and meet with elected officials to request support for specific legislation, policies or health care funding.

This module covers:
• Being an effective health advocate;
• Legal obligations;
• The legislative process;
• The U.S. Congress;
• Advocacy during the regulatory process;
• State lobbying regulations - the Texas Legislature; and
• Much more!

Those who purchase this module will also receive one free copy of the corresponding guidebook.
*To order additional copies of the Trustee Guidebook series, click here.

This module of TRUSTEE ONLINE was underwritten by a contribution from Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care, AMN Healthcare companies. Healthcare Governance Academy, a trademarked organization under Texas Healthcare Trustees, partnered with Merritt Hawkins and Staff Care, the nation’s leading physician staffing and consulting firms, to bring tools to hospital board members. Their contribution of leadership, resources, and expertise has made this project possible.
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Credit Information
Participation in this program will be credited towards advancement, or recertification as a Certified Trustee. For more information about the process please click here or contact Amy Eskew at THT, 512/465-1041 or

In order to receive TRUSTEE CERTIFICATION credit, you must go to the assessment portion and a certificate for one hour of certification credit will be available for you to print out. Fax or email your Certificate of Completion to 512/692-2556 or to receive credit for this event.

Robert Early
Robert Early has served as chief executive officer of JPS Health Network since 2009, Tarrant County’s $650 million, tax-supported health care system with more than 4,500 employees. Robert currently serves as chairman of the Teaching Hospitals of...More
Kevin Reed, J.D.
Kevin A. Reed is a shareholder at the law firm of Reed, Claymon, Meeker & Hargett, PLLC. Mr. Reed has practiced health law, addressing issues related to hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers for more than 30 years. Mr. Reed is...More
David Tesmer
David Tesmer is the senior vice president of community engagement and advocacy for Texas Health Resources. As one of the largest faith-based, non-profit health care systems in the United States, he is responsible for public policy and advocacy,...More
Stacy Wilson, J.D.
Stacy Wilson is associate general counsel for the Texas Hospital Association. She has been licensed as an attorney since 1987 and focuses on health law. She has worked for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Teacher Retirement System...More
Greg Hooser
Greg Hooser has been a licensed attorney for almost 40 years, the last 20 years as a shareholder (partner) and of counsel member of the Austin law firm of Sneed, Vine & Perry, P.C. Since 1974, Mr. Hooser has represented over twenty different...More
Jennifer Banda
Jennifer Banda, J.D., is vice president of advocacy, public policy and HOSPAC at the Texas Hospital Association. In her role at THA, Jennifer focuses on a variety of hospital and health advocacy initiatives at the state level and in front of the...More
Originally Published
February 11, 2013

Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
  1. Assessment
  2. Assessment Answer Key
  3. Certificate of Successful Completion
  4. Being an Effective Health Advocate - Video
  5. Legal Obligations - Video
  6. Legal Obligations - Paper
  7. The Legislative Process - Video
  8. The Legislative Process - Paper
  9. The U.S. Congress - Video
  10. The U.S. Congress - Paper
  11. Advocacy During the Regulatory Process - Video
  12. Advocacy During the Regulatory Process - Paper
  13. State Lobbying Regulations - The Texas Legislature - Video
  14. State Lobbying Regulations - The Texas Legislature - Paper

How To Attend
Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like.

Technical Requirements
You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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