UNTHSC celebrates veteran students for ‘a life of service’

By Diane Smith Marine sniper and doctor don’t appear to be similar careers, but former U.S. Marine Sgt. Jonathan Sweeny sees two jobs that both serve to protect. A sniper’s work includes keeping watch from distant, concealed positions over both military members and civilians. Sweeney, who served as a sniper, said he viewed this role…

Plan to end new HIV infections nationwide includes focus on Tarrant County

By Diane Smith One day soon, public buses and billboards across Fort Worth and Tarrant County could read: “Did you get your PrEP?” It’s a public health message intended to get more people who are diagnosed with HIV on life-saving medicine while breaking down social barriers and stigma. Texas’ major urban counties have drawn national…

TESSA program receives funding to expand domestic violence support services

By Sally Crocker   Across the U.S. and at home in North Texas, the rates of domestic violence and abuse are as steady as the beat of a heart, the tick of a clock.   Every minute across the country, approximately 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner.   Nearly three out of four Americans, in…

Sparkyard web platform for entrepreneurs and small businesses launches

By Alex Branch UNT Health Science Center President Dr. Michael R. Williams today announced the creation of Sparkyard, an innovative new web platform powered by SourceLink®, that connects expert service providers to Fort Worth’s fast-growing business community. Sparkyard, a free one-stop, collaborative platform to help new and existing Fort Worth companies accelerate their growth, will…

Researchers help parents talk with kids about social media and drinking

By Sally Crocker Parents can be one of the best deterrents to underage drinking by having knowledge of and talking to their kids about alcohol content presented on social networking sites, say two UNT Health Science Center public health researchers. Dana M. Litt, PhD, Associate Professor at the UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH), and…

GME Program Coordinator helps young doctors in residencies

By Steven Bartolotta When Aurea Baez-Martinez and her husband arrived in the United States with their daughter in January 2017, they had nothing but each other, a few clothes and a couple of toys for the little girl. It was a big move for a family that had spent their entire lives in Puerto Rico,…

Researcher Rebecca Cunningham named a Great Woman of Texas

By Jan Jarvis Take the scenic route. That’s the advice that Dr. Rebecca Cunningham gives young researchers starting their careers. Despite a few bumps in the road – including a cancer diagnosis – Dr. Cunningham has managed to take her own advice. She encourages others to take their time finding their passion. “Do not be…

Wagner sees progress in her drive to promote health literacy

By Jan Jarvis As a registered dietician, Teresa Wagner, DrPH, RD/LD, was frustrated by how often adults failed to follow instructions regarding their health. “It never occurred to me that there were barriers that made it hard for them to understand,” said Dr. Wagner, Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions. A decade later,…

National Research Mentoring Network helps young researchers meet their goals

By Jan Jarvis  Doctoral student Amanda Roberts knew where she wanted to go with her career, but she was uncertain how to get there. “I hoped to get to the right people, but I didn’t know the ins and outs of the National Institutes of Health, and cold-calling didn’t seem to be the way to…

Lance Leggitt offers inside look at federal policy making

By Diane Smith  The costs of medical care, prescription drugs and the toll of an opioid epidemic on the nation were among topics addressed during a recent discussion on how federal healthcare policy moves from ideas to guidelines.  Lance Leggitt, former chief of staff to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, recently left his…