Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas presents check to UHV for health initiative

Representatives from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas stand with UHV administrators to award $100,000 to the Victoria Alliance Against Chronic Kidney Disease, an initiative led by two UHV faculty members. The $100,000 grant, from BCBSTX to the University of Houston Foundation earlier this year, is funding a yearlong, community-based program at UHV. The Victoria Alliance Against Chronic Kidney Disease focuses on ways to reduce chronic kidney disease in at-risk populations. The $100,000 grant is funded through Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® – BCBSTX’s signature community investments program. In the photo from left are Chance Glenn, UHV provost and vice president for academic affairs; Courtney Middleton-Sides, UHV senior director for corporate and foundation relations; Veronica Reyes, BCBSTX community outreach specialist; Sheena Payne, BCBSTX director for community affairs; Fred Litton, dean of the UHV School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development; UHV President Bob Glenn; and Jesse Pisors, UHV vice president for advancement and external relations. For more information about the program, contact Michael Wiblishauser, UHV assistant professor of health studies and program leader, at 361-570-4178 or

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.