Creating healthier solutions: This HSC employee helps students overcome challenges

By Diane Smith-Pinckney

Jeremy Joseph, Assistant Director of HSC Office of Care and Civility

Jeremy Joseph sees a person’s well-being from a holistic perspective. 

For Joseph, that means caring for the physical, mental, and emotional fitness of students at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC). As Assistant Director of HSC’s Office of Care and Civility, Joseph’s daily work is focused on helping students overcome personal problems. 

“I have the opportunity to work with students who may be navigating very challenging and difficult situations,” he said. “I really enjoy the one-on-one interaction that I have with students.” 

Joseph offers coaching, advocacy, and help to guide students through difficult situations. As part of HSC’s Care Team, he supports students who are experiencing personal, emotional and/or medical issues. 

“We are here to support students who may be in crisis – that can range from anxiety and depression to suicide or ideation to the loss of a family member,” he said. 

Joseph helps students experiencing financial hardships and need assistance from HSC’s Student Emergency Fund (SEF). 

This fund provides emergency help to enrolled students who are having temporary financial hardships due to unforeseen or uncontrollable circumstances. The Student Emergency Fund also supports the HSC Student Food Pantry. 

The pantry was established to help students who are hungry or experiencing food insecurity. 

When adverse situations happen, Joseph empowers students to navigate through the difficult times.  

“The rigors of graduate and medical school can be daunting and overwhelming for some students,” Joseph said. “The pandemic added new complexities – from social distancing to family members impacted by COVID-19.”  

Offering support and guidance to our students is Joseph’s work purpose, or his is “why” for being at HSC. 

“My why is really to empower and encourage others to be the best version of themselves,” he said. “I feel that in this role at HSC, I have an opportunity to impact and influence our students, who are at a critical point in their lives, and to empower them and encourage them through difficult and challenging situations.”  

Joseph, who grew up in Fort Worth, graduated from University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. He received a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from Northeastern University in Boston.  

When Joseph joined the HSC staff in February 2018, he found an extended family. 

“I really enjoy the culture of HSC and focusing on people,” he said. “The values-based culture here really aligns with my personal values. It makes it an enjoyable place to work. It feels like family – especially with my colleagues and co-workers.” 

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