Welch speaks to community about the importance of rural healthcare

By Allison Flores

The Cuero Record

Courtney Welch took a break from Texas A&M medical school to speak at the Cuero Development Corporation’s June 7 Community Leader’s meeting.

Welch graduated from Texas A&M University in 2001 with a degree in Animal Science and then again in 2004 with a Master’s of Science. After graduation, she taught high school science in Shiner along with being adjunct faculty for Victoria College teaching Biology.

She informed the audience of her inspiring story of returning to school 12 years, a husband and two kids later to follow her dream of becoming a physician like her father, Dr. James Drost of Yoakum.

After describing the transition back into college, Welch explained the need for rural doctors. A few figures Welch rattled off included the fact that Texas has the largest rural population, with 20% of the population considered rural.

While this may not be shocking, Welch noted that Texas ranks 46th out of the states for the number of rural physicians.

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