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Graduating students earn honors

Congratulations to our many graduating students who earned honors from their schools! Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Award for Scholarly Achievement in Research—Jaclyn Bermudez Dean’s Award for Scholarship Achievement in Academics—Brent Shell Graduate Student Association Award, Outstanding Member—Frank Wendt Graduate Student Association Scholarship—Chaitanya Joshi, Nicole Novroski, Justin Sprick, Santosh Thapa, Frank Wendt and Rachel... Read more »

Jun 13, 2017

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Get out of your head and into your heart

By: Sally Crocker   Dr. Christine A. Moranetz, in presenting her Last Lecture to School of Public Health students, offered this bit of advice: Get out of your head and into your heart. Quoting Helen Keller, Dr. Moranetz said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched –... Read more »

Jun 2, 2017

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Improving patient outcomes through health literacy

By: Sally Crocker   The prescription bottle said, “Take one tablet as needed,” so the patient did – repeatedly – going far beyond the recommended daily dosage. A health information pamphlet for teens titled “Adolescent Transitional Care Policy” became much clearer when given the new headline, “You’re Becoming an Adult!” In another example, plain language,... Read more »

May 30, 2017

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PhD student wins second TPHA oral presentation award

By: Sally Crocker UNTHSC School of Public Health student Shlesma Chhetri is no newcomer to making award-winning oral presentations, and this year she won her second Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) honor. Chhetri recently came in first at the TPHA Annual Education Conference’s student oral presentation competition for her talk on “Getting on the same... Read more »

May 23, 2017

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Mission Possible: MHA students win ‘Transforming Galveston’ Case Competition

By: Sally Crocker   The mission was to “Transform Galveston” with strategies for improving chronic disease prevention and care among Galveston County Medicaid patients. Accepting the challenge was a team of three MHA students from the UNTHSC School of Public Health: Amruta Sakhalkar, Ela Vashishtha and Sayali Ethape. At the recent George McMillan Fleming Center... Read more »

May 5, 2017

Marisa Tan and David Preston, third year DO/MPH students

A student-led effort to help the underserved in Texas

By Jan Jarvis Every year the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research recognizes students who have a desire to integrate public health into their future clinical practices by naming them Paul Ambrose Scholars. David Preston and Marisa Tan, third year DO/MPH students from UNT Health Science Center, certainly fit the bill. From the start, each... Read more »

May 2, 2017

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SPH volunteers feed the hungry

By: Sally Crocker Nearly 60 School of Public Health volunteers recently spent a day with the Tarrant Area Food Bank, where they helped provide over 18,000 meals for hungry children, families and seniors across North Texas. SPH students, faculty and staff took on morning and afternoon shifts at the Food Bank’s Fort Worth distribution center... Read more »

May 1, 2017

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Good people doing the right thing

By Sally Crocker As the sun rises over Eagle Pass, just across the U.S. border into Mexico, a small caravan of trucks and cargo trailers slowly makes its way toward the State of Coahuila in the country’s northwestern region. The travelers are doctors, nurses and other volunteers who for more than 30 years have been... Read more »

Apr 17, 2017

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Alcohol prevention strategies effective for American Indian teens and rural youth

By Sally Crocker   A new study published in The American Journal of Public Health indicates that alcohol use among American Indian and white teens living in multicultural rural communities can be significantly reduced by community-based and individual-level prevention strategies. UNT Health Science Center researcher Melvin Livingston, PhD, led the statistical design and analysis of... Read more »

Apr 6, 2017

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Israeli doctors to discuss emergency preparedness in time of war

By Sally Crocker   Two Israeli physicians who have served on the front lines of war will speak April 3 at UNT Health Science Center. Dr. Yoav Hoffman and Dr. Tal Marshak of Galilee Medical Center will discuss their work and share personal experiences with emergency preparedness during times of war. They have cared for northern... Read more »

Mar 16, 2017