School of Public Health

Amy Raines Milenkov, Drph Asst. Professor Obstetrics & Gyneology
Saving Texas lives: How HSC Healthy Start helps mothers and babiesBy Diane Smith-Pinckney When experts delve into data on infant and maternal mortality, they find troubling trends.  In Texas, Non-Hispanic Black mothers and infants “have significantly higher rates in infant mortality preterm birth, low birth weight, pregnancy-related depression and severe maternal morbidity than do other racial or ethnic groups,” according to the Texas Health and Human Services’ 2020 data on mothers and babies.  This is Read More »

Jul 13, 2021

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Reducing alcohol use and risky behaviors among college studentsBy Sally Crocker Three School of Public Health (SPH) researchers at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) are part of a team creating and testing a web application designed to reduce alcohol use and risky sexual behaviors among first-year college students. Eun-Young Mun, PhD, site Principal Investigator, and Melissa Read More »

Jul 1, 2021

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‘What About Mom?’ e-health program expands to support new teen mothers By Sally Crocker  Coming home from the hospital with a new baby can be hard, whether you’re a first-time parent or an experienced pro. But for teenage moms, the challenge can be especially daunting.   Most teens don’t plan to get pregnant, although some do. While U.S. rates of teen pregnancy have declined in recent decades, Read More »

Jun 28, 2021

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Public health scientist lends expertise to national database addressing safer use of chemicals in our environmentBy Sally Crocker Katie Pelch, PhD, wants you to know what’s in our environment and how the chemicals we’re exposed to every day may affect our health. Dr. Pelch is a part-time Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, in the HSC School of Public Health (SPH), where she teaches courses in environmental health. She Read More »

Jun 21, 2021

Diana Cervantes. Assistant Professor Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Dr. Diana Cervantes named among Fort Worth’s ‘most influential’ for public health service during the pandemicBy Sally Crocker Dr. Diana Cervantes has spent the last year keeping people informed and updated on all things coronavirus, and now she’s being recognized as one of Fort Worth Inc.’s “400 Most Influential People” for helping protect the community’s health during the pandemic. Dr. Cervantes is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Master Read More »

Jun 8, 2021

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The realities of ‘breaking bad’ and how one HSC researcher is attacking the opioid crisisBy Sally Crocker He didn’t know it at the time, but when Dr. Scott Walters was growing up in San Diego in the mid 1980s, a next-door neighbor was concealing a homemade meth lab just across the fence and mere steps away from his bedroom window. For quite some time, concerned parents in his family’s Read More »

Jun 8, 2021

School of Public Health Class of 2021 Graduate and SPH Leon Brachman Community Service Award, Joanna Li.
Nutrition, service and lessons of public health drive, motivate SPH honors graduate in her workBy Sally Crocker Working as a Public Health Nutritionist in the Greater New York area is a big job. School of Public Health (SPH) 2021 honors graduate Joanna Li understands the job well from experience, having spent three years traveling through different boroughs and neighborhoods to deliver nutrition counseling and services to women and children. Li worked through a program called WIC, short for the federally-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Read More »

Jun 1, 2021

Sydney Manning, HSC School of Public Health Honors Graduate, Class of 2021
Circle of life brings SPH honors grad to a new day, new opportunitiesBy Sally Crocker  The study of turkeys, fish, native wolves and other wildlife helped one of this year’s HSC commencement award winners find connections to the people side of public health and her future career path. Sydney Manning, Master of Science (MS) in Epidemiology student at the HSC School of Public Health (SPH), was selected as Read More »

May 20, 2021

Amber Deckard, School of Public Health 2021 Dean’s Commencement Award for Academic Achievement Recipient
For 2021 academic achievement honoree, food equals love, connections, healthy communities and moreBy Sally Crocker Food has inspired student Amber Deckard’s academic career path and community service endeavors for as long as she can remember. Deckard – winner of this year’s University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) School of Public Health (SPH) Dean’s Commencement Award for Academic Achievement – grew up volunteering at food pantries with her family. Her parents and siblings were Read More »

May 18, 2021

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The comeback from COVID beginsBy Sally Crocker Ambiguity and adaptation may be the way of life in 2021 as COVID restrictions roll back across communities, says Scott Walters, PhD, Regents Professor at the HSC School of Public Health. “Clearly, the comeback will be phased in waves,” Dr. Walters said. “It won’t be as easy as flipping on a switch, Read More »

May 6, 2021