Maternal and Child Health
North Texas women experience persistent health disparities and during pregnancy at are an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Children across North Texas are also at greater risk of infant mortality during their first year of life. Faculty at UNTHSC conduct innovative research in maternal and child heath to help address these issues. Dr. Alisa Rich, a toxicologist, examines how environmental chemical exposures are associated with the risk of pediatric anemia, leukemia, sickle cell disorder and pediatric intersex variation.
Dr. Marcy Paul conducts qualitative research with surrounding communities to examine how social inequity impacts the risk of infant mortality and health inequities related to women’s and family health. Dr. Erika Thompson conducts mixed-methods women’s health research, including human papillomavirus prevention, contraceptive decision-making, and other sexual and reproductive health topics. Dr. Amy Raines-Milenkov has received grant funding to provide outreach, education and home visitation services to women and their infants before, during and following pregnancy. Dr. Raines-Milenkov also leads the Texas Department of State Health Services Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force that is responsible for reviewing pregnancy-related deaths to identify trends in maternal mortality and morbidity with the goal to reduce these deaths among Texas women.
This page was last modified on January 10, 2018