Yearly Archives:: 2020

Dr. Erica Spears named one of 15 national scholars to new, integrative well-being and inequality research training program

Published: September 15, 2020

Miwi Scholars And Directors

By Sally Crocker   Health inequality and systemic racism have long threatened the lives of African Americans. The COVID-19 pandemic and increased awareness of police violence in 2020 have intensified nationwide action toward solutions and change for traditionally underserved populations. For health disparities researchers like HSC Assistant Professor Erica Spears, PhD, who has dedicated her Read More »

HSC researcher explains why vapers may be at higher risk for COVID-19

Published: August 28, 2020


By Sally Crocker Vapers beware, as if the health threats of COVID-19 aren’t enough, there is new evidence linking vaping to a higher risk of getting coronavirus. The risk has been shown to be 5-7 times higher, according to new scientific research, prompting lawmakers around the country to urge the FDA to temporarily clear the Read More »

COVID-19 adds double threat to U.S. drug crisis

Published: August 24, 2020


By Sally Crocker   The last two years had brought small but significant victories to the nation’s opioid crisis, with slow, steady declines in opioid use and deaths marking a positive change to this major public health problem. That was until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, bringing months of an uncertain and unsettling new normal to Read More »

COVID contact tracing uncovers the stories behind the numbers

Published: August 10, 2020

Sujita Adhikari

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 may also have been Read More »

HSC researcher, colleagues investigate intersections of COVID-19, TB control and global economics among immigrant communities

Published: July 27, 2020

Thaddeus Miller

By 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, points out 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, Read More »

HSC dedicates musical tribute to healthcare heroes

Published: July 21, 2020

Stephan Davis Aupha

By 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 Read More »

What you need to know while awaiting COVID-19 test results

Published: July 13, 2020


By 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 »