SPH Dean’s Newsletters

Abby WinsteadStudent’s passion runs deep for a healthier Haiti

Public health student Abby Winstead made her first trip to Haiti on a ministry mission seven years ago, and when she graduates from UNT Health Science Center this spring, she will take on a full time position there to continue serving families in need.

Winstead will manage maternal and child health programming for the non-profit organization But God Ministries, which provides support through housing, education, economic development and programs addre

“I fell in love with the people and the country the first time I visited,” she said. “Earthquakes, homelessness, poverty and limited access to food, clean water and sanitation have all pushed the country to the verge of collapse. But while the world might see a list of heartbreaking statistics, I see people who have managed to preserve an astounding sense of hope and pride in the face of unimaginable adversity.”

In her new role, Winstead will focus on outpatient malnutrition and programs for improving maternal and child health. Hygiene, reproductive health, breastfeeding and motherhood classes will be an important part of her responsibilities, as well as health promotion in schools.

“The MPH I’m earning in Maternal and Child Health, coupled with my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology, have been key in preparing me for this position, to be able to work alongside medical providers and make a difference in community health directly and at an individual level,” she said.

New SPH FacultyNew faculty researchers add national strength to public health program

UNT Health Science Center is poised to take on an expanded leadership role in public health education and research with the appointment of three nationally recognized alcohol and substance abuse researchers and an early-career faculty researcher focused on women’s and children’s health.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Melissa A. LewisDr. Dana M. LittDr. Eun-Young Mun and Dr. Erika L. Thompson to the SPH faculty,” said Dr. Dennis L. Thombs, Dean. “These new colleagues represent our commitment to building on our academic reputation and continuing to strengthen our research addressing critical public health issues of national scope.”
Drs. Lewis and Litt join UNTHSC from the University of Washington’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Mun comes to UNTHSC from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick, where she served as a tenured professor in the school’s Center of Alcohol Studies and Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Dr. Thompson joins UNTHSC from the University of South Florida, College of Public Health.  Their UNTHSC appointments are in the SPH Department of Health Behavior and Health Systems.

Drs. Lewis, Litt and Mun are currently leading or consulting on National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded projects on alcohol misuse among young adults, sexual risk taking, college sexual victimization risk and HIV, and prescription opiates and drug abuse.

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