Engaging communities through participatory methods

Community_1All communities want to have good public health outcomes, whether it is safe drinking water, a safe and comfortable home, or access to quality healthcare. Many of our UNTHSC faculty use Community-Based Participatory Research and other engagement strategies to achieve the University’s mission of creating solutions for a healthier community. This means that we collaborate closely with communities to understand the assets they already have in place and the challenges they may have in reaching their health goals. UNTHSC School of Public Health faculty conduct projects in the community that document and address homelessness, women’s health and wellness, safe and useable sidewalks, preconception health and infant mortality, and health disparities.


Dr. Spence-Almaguer works with community members, students, faculty, and staff to promote health, wellness, financial security, safety and capacity-building in underserved communities. She works closely with communities to assess strengths and needs, evaluate programs, and design sustainable interventions that promote wellness and health equity. Dr. Paul’s work focuses on preconception health and infant mortality in underserved communities. She uses qualitative approaches such as focus groups and PhotoVoice to capture the interconnectedness of social injustices and infant mortality. Dr. Paul’s research has taken her across Texas to build coalitions that reduce infant mortality, engage women whose babies have died before their first birthday, and launch a peer preconception health program at
Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

This page was last modified on June 23, 2021