School of Public Health

Sujita Adhikari
COVID contact tracing uncovers the stories behind the numbers By Sally Crocker  Behind the numbers of COVID-19 are real people. Real stories. Real experiences.   In her final term as an HSC School of Public Health student, Sujita Adhikari joined Tarrant County Public Health’s (TCPH) contact tracing team, calling quarantined, COVID-positive patients to track their connections to other community members who also may have been exposed to the virus.    This major community health effort was quickly set up in March as the pandemic Read More »

Aug 11, 2020

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HSC researcher, colleagues investigate intersections of COVID-19, TB control and global economics among immigrant communitiesBy Sally Crocker  The world’s attention has been laser focused on COVID-19 for months, but the current pandemic isn’t an isolated problem threatening the health of communities, says one HSC public health researcher.   “Many other infectious diseases, like tuberculosis, share similar characteristics and present dire health risks, require equal consideration of resources and prevention, and may, in fact, offer insight into models for Read More »

Aug 5, 2020

Dr. Joon Lee
HSC expert warns of possible increase in West Nile virus human casesBy Diane Smith West Nile virus activities in this year’s mosquito population are higher than 2016 when Tarrant County experienced 27 West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease cases, said Joon-Hak Lee, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.  West Nile virus activities in the mosquito Read More »

Aug 3, 2020

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HSC dedicates musical tribute to healthcare heroesBy Sally Crocker  Layer upon layer, a music video is developed, as is a heartfelt message of utmost respect and gratitude.   Such was the case when the HSC School of Public Health planned a special tribute to the healthcare industry, recognizing the many challenges that hospitals, providers, staff and support workers have faced over the long months since the COVID-19 pandemic first barreled into states and communities across the Read More »

Jul 28, 2020

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COVID-19 Research ReportsCOVID-19 Research The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on communities. Rajesh R. Nandy, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatics and Epidemiology, and a data analytics team is studying all publicly available data related to the pandemic and will release periodic reports on current trends Read More »

Jul 24, 2020

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New research points to far-reaching public health concerns of pandemic stress drinkingBy Sally Crocker There’s a lot of drinking going on during COVID-19. Takeout, home deliveries and curbside pickup of beer, wine, liquors and other alcoholic products have increased significantly – from 40%-50%, according to different sources – over the months since the U.S. first locked down over coronavirus concerns. “There is a tremendous amount of Read More »

Jul 20, 2020

Covid-19 Test
What you need to know while awaiting COVID-19 test resultsBy Sally Crocker As virus rates continue surging nationwide, a growing number of people are getting tested for COVID-19, and many have important questions on what to do while they await results. According to Dr. Diana Cervantes, faculty epidemiologist with the HSC School of Public Health, if you feel concerned enough about symptoms or recent Read More »

Jul 15, 2020

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Navigating through July 4th and the summer of COVID-19By Sally Crocker In light of new state guidelines issued last week, HSC public health expert Diana Cervantes offers some tips on how to conduct July 4th gatherings and other summertime activities with friends and family. The advice comes after the Texas Governor’s Office closed bars and certain others businesses and reduced indoor restaurant capacity Read More »

Jun 30, 2020

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Food insecurity concerns heighten for many as COVID-19 again surgesBy Sally Crocker New HSC faculty member Charlotte Noble, PhD, MPH, and her family moved from Florida to Fort Worth in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when little was yet known about the reach of the virus, its outcomes and how long it would last. Months later, as states like Texas and others Read More »

Jun 29, 2020

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HSC professor working to safeguard against oral cancersBy Sally Crocker What’s known is that 66% of oropharyngeal cancers are HPV-related. In mid June, the FDA approved the HPV vaccine, Gardasil 9, for the prevention of certain HPV-related head and neck cancers. What’s still to be explored is why HPV vaccine rates remain low – despite strong public health recommendations in favor of Read More »

Jun 24, 2020