Brownsville, Texas-based nurse practitioner and educator rises to the challenges involved in public coverage and dwindling funding for healthcare education Beatriz von Ohlen has dedicated the past 34 years to the field of nursing – 24 of them as a nurse practitioner and eight as a nurse educator. Currently, she is an assistant medical technical instructor at The University of Texas at Brownsville, where she teaches its associate degree nursing program mainly focusing on first year health assessment and clinical skills. She also teaches second year students in the obstetric departments and in critical care. In addition, upon finding that 90 percent of her community in Brownsville, Texas could not afford health insurance, and 75 percent had no insurance at all, Ms. von Ohlen has begun working to open a nurse managed clinic to better treat underserved populations in her community. With the help of a grant provided by the John F. Kennedy Foundation, this clinic will focus on preventative care, health education and wellness programs, as well as provide follow up examinations to hospital discharges, which she hopes will help mitigate the funding and transportation-related problems of her patients as they pertain to health access. Distinguished by her unwavering perseverance, she will seek to continue striving to provide the uninsured and underinsured with the care that they need while imparting her decades of knowledge unto future generations of caregivers.