2021 McGovern Lecture in Health Communication

Distinguished Speaker Dr. Octavio Martinez, Jr.

Thursday, May 6, 1:00-2:00 pm
Online via Zoom
Event is FREE and open to the public
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Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr. is the fifth executive director to lead the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health since its creation in 1940. The foundation’s grants and programs support mental health services, research, policy analysis, and public education projects in Texas. The Hogg Foundation is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. Martinez holds an appointment of Senior Associate Vice-President within the division and heads up the Community Integrated Health Initiatives program for the Division. He is also a clinical professor with an appointment in the university’s Steve Hicks School of Social Work; Professor of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School, Faculty Affiliate with the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice in the School of Law, and holds an adjunct professor appointment at UT Health San Antonio/Long School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.

Martinez currently serves on the Biden Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Center for Preparedness and Response Board of Scientific Counselors, and on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity. He is chair of the Yale School of Management Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Health Equity Leadership National Advisory Committee, a commissioner on the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health, an executive committee member of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium, and a member of the Austin State Hospital Redesign Steering Committee. Martinez has a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, a doctor’s degree in medicine from Baylor College of Medicine, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration with a concentration in finance from The University of Texas at Austin. He was Chief Resident during his psychiatric training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and is an alumnus of The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School.

Content provided by Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

The John P. McGovern Lecture was established in the Moody College of Communication in 1983 by a gift from the John P. McGovern Foundation. The endowed lectureship enables Moody College to invite a leading figure in communication to deliver a lecture related to health policy or the practice of health communication.

John P. McGovern, M.D., was a celebrated physician, educator, author, medical historian, philosopher, philanthropist, and humanitarian based in Houston. According to the American Medical Association, he was "one of the giants in American medicine." His international reputation in various fields was reflected in honorary degrees from 30 colleges and universities. He died in 2007.