In her third year of medical school, Karen Duong found herself on the other side of Texas. She had driven 12 hours north from where she grew up on the Gulf Coast to a panhandle town called Hereford.
“Hereford is known for being the beef capital of the world,” she says, laughing. “There’s definitely more cows than people out there.”
It’s even named after a breed of cattle. Out here, there aren’t many people who provide mental health care. In fact, there aren’t any psychiatrists. That’s the reason Duong went there – she’s studying psychiatry as a medical student
at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. This assignment showed her just how severe the state’s mental health care shortage is.
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