Lee Lane is TALHO's primary advocate and sits on several state and national boards that review policies and suggestions that affect Texas public health.
is constantly in contact with state representatives and legislators to discuss current events and upcoming topics in the arena of public health, and is always on alert to protect the interests of Texas' local public health.
LEE LANE, TALHO's ADVOCATE
Lee Lane was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
learned early in his
life the value of hard work, determination and honesty.
grew up in a cohesive family and places high values on family and relationships.
After graduating high school Lee attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa where he studied Business Administration.
In 1965 Lee
was involved in an automobile accident that broke his
neck which resulted in partial paralysis in his
arms and legs.
At this point Lee
had no idea how this accident would alter his
life forever and the new paths it would take him down.
Over the years he
gained partial recovery but as late as 1972 he
continued to wear a brace on his
left arm and hand with small slings to hold each finger.
With these impairments he
decided to meet the problem "head on" and moved to Texas to enroll in court reporting school in Abilene.
Through intensive use of the stenotype and typewriter he
began to overcome the impairments when a new opportunity knocked as the State began to open the Public Health Regional offices.
This was the beginning of Lee's life in the public health sector.
quickly gained knowledge and expertise and was soon moved to the central office in Austin with the Texas Department of Health
(now Department of State Health Services).
It was during this time span of over 25 years that Lee
carved out a name for himself as a public health advocate.
participated in many workforce committees and task groups and positioned himself as a voice for Public Health and particularly Local Public Health.
Some of his
most fond memories include participating on the Governor's Task Force
and subsequent passage of the Primary Health Care Services Act in 1985 (HB1844); assistance with passage of the Child Passenger Safety Seat System in 1984 (SB 3); assistance in legislation enabling the establishment of the first rural health clinic in Texas to receive cost-based reimbursement under the Federal Rural Health Clinic Act; and participating in a trip across the Texas-Mexico border in search of Mexican markets and herbalist selling raw products for the tea-gordolobos for the treatment of tuberculosis.
It was later proven to have a toxic substance that caused serious side effects, and in one case death, in Texas tuberculosis patients that were taking both TB drugs and the tea-gordolobos.
This led to a change in the interviewing of tuberculosis patients including taking an herb medical history.
Lee retired from the State Health Department in 1999 to pursue his sports photography business full time.
At this point, Lee
had no idea this would be a short lived retirement plan.
In late 2000, Lee
was approached to work with a new organization, TALHO
Lee accepted the offer and began working for TALHO from his home office.
is a man who has lived several different lives all in one lifetime.
However, without these life changing individual experiences and his
positive outlook on life, he
would not be the person he
Lee tries to live each day to the fullest and is always thankful for everything that he has, and says "It is great to be alive and I am proud to be the Executive Director of the Texas Association of Local Health Officials".