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Why is the CEHD Stonewalling?
by David Stanowski
13 April 2013
In late 2011, and early 2012, the GOGP learned that the Jaworski GHA Board had hired the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities (CEHD) at UTMB to do a study on Public Housing in Galveston. The CEHD received at least $96,500 from the GHA to do this work.
Why Isn't the CEHD Blowing the Whistle on the GHA
A 13 January 2012 ORR for "correspondence between the GHA and the CEHD" was met by an appeal to the Attorney General by UTMB. Why were they stonewalling then, and why are they stonewalling now?
ORR CEHD Appeal
CEHD GHA Email
On 10 February 2012, the GOGP filed a conflict-of-interest complaint with UTMB due to the public relations role that the CEHD was playing in the Public Housing controversy, by pushing the mixed-income developments under the guise of health-related issues.
Conflict of Interest Complaint
Recently, the GOGP received evidence that the CEHD was trying to reclaim its “mandate” to choose the locations for Public Housing scattered sites by pitching the idea to the GLO. The GOGP filed an ORR on 28 March 2013 asking for:
"All correspondence between the GLO and the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities (CEHD), including but not limited to all correspondence between the GLO and Alexandra Nolen, John Prochaska, Sayali Tarlekar, Christen Miller and Rob Buschmann between 15 April 2012 and 26 March 2013."
On 11 April 2013, it came as absolutely no surprise to us when UTMB filed an appeal to the AG asking to withhold this correspondence citing every available reason for appeals in the Open Records Act without citing one specific reason.
(click on the following links)
CEHD AG Appeal
What doesn’t the CEHD want the residents of Galveston to see?
Apparently, the CEHD has absolutely no concept of what transparent government means. We can only assume that they are completely focused on doing things that are designed to bring in grant money, but these things will not be perceived to be a benefit to the City, by the residents of Galveston, so they don't want to disclose them!
UTMB is not being a good neighbor in this City by supporting the stonewalling of information that was paid for and belongs to the taxpayers, so the City Council needs to investigate their clandestine activities that may have a dramatic impact on the creation and implementation of public policy!
If the CEHD wants to be part of the very lucrative Poverty Industry, let them do it out in the open where the taxpayers can watch what they are doing.
The Plot Thickens