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Okechukwu Erinne

Brownsville 20th Anniversary: Okechukwu Erinne

“I applied to UTHealth and picked the Brownsville campus because it looked like they were doing some interesting research, and I had read about Dr. Joseph McCormick and his work in Africa. Just a few days after submitting my application, I got a call from Brownsville, and the faculty there have really welcomed me ever since."

Janet Gutiérrez, DrPH

Gutiérrez honored for her lifetime of leadership as a woman in the radiation safety field

Janet Gutiérrez, DrPH, safety manager over the UTHealth Radiation Safety Program of Environmental Health and Safety, was recognized by the Health Physics Society, the national professional trade organization for radiation safety, for her decades-long commitment to the field.

Lisa Bennett-Mitchell

Brownsville 20th Anniversary: Lisa Mitchell-Bennett

Lisa Mitchell-Bennett’s journey took her around the globe and landed her in the Rio Grande Valley, which she now considers her home. Born in Mexico, she grew up in California, with stints living and working in South and Central America, Europe, Asia and across the US. She arrived at the US-Mexico border after graduate school to work with refugees, planning to stay for a year.

Amier Haidar shows his award

Amier Haidar receives 2021 USPHS Excellence in Public Health Award

Amier Haidar, MD/MPH student with McGovern Medical School, is the recipient of the 2021 United States Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award.

Brownsville 20th Anniversary: Okechukwu Erinne

Okechukwu Erinne

September 15, 2021

“I applied to UTHealth and picked the Brownsville campus because it looked like they were doing some interesting research, and I had read about Dr. Joseph McCormick and his work in Africa. Just a few days after submitting my application, I got a call from Brownsville, and the faculty there have really welcomed me ever since."



Brownsville 20th Anniversary: Lisa Mitchell-Bennett

Lisa Bennett-Mitchell

August 16, 2021

Lisa Mitchell-Bennett’s journey took her around the globe and landed her in the Rio Grande Valley, which she now considers her home. Born in Mexico, she grew up in California, with stints living and working in South and Central America, Europe, Asia and across the US. She arrived at the US-Mexico border after graduate school to work with refugees, planning to stay for a year.




New Study Aims to Reduce Diabetes Rates

A person is preparing food

August 3, 2021

A new study developed by investigators at the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR) will determine the efficacy of the Sustainable Culturally Adapted Nutritious Diet Program (SCAN).


Working in Public Health: Elizabeth Asonye, MPH

Elizabeth Asonye

July 19, 2021

Elizabeth Asonye earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science (HPBS) through the bachelor’s/master’s 4+1 program*, which allows students from partnering undergraduate institutions to earn a master’s degree in public health in as little as one-year post bachelor’s degree. She completed two remote practicum experiences during the Spring 2021 semester, and shares her bridge public health, community health, and clinical medicine with her undergraduate interests in social medicine and the social sciences.


Jackson Suplita Named This Is Public Health Ambassador

Jackson Suplita

July 19, 2021

Jackson Suplita, a second year healthcare management MPH student, will serve on the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s (ASPPH) This Is Public Health (TIPH)  2021-2022 Ambassador Cohort. Members of this cohort are nominated by the institutions they attend and serve to raise awareness about the field of public health through various campaigns.




Two decades, one commitment

Joseph B. McCormick, MD, and his wife, Susan Fisher-Hoch, MD

July 12, 2021

When they returned to the United States in 2001 after several years abroad, Joseph B. McCormick, MD, and his wife, Susan Fisher-Hoch, MD, could have written their own ticket.  

“We thought a lot about it and decided, ‘Instead of going back to a big university, let’s think about going to a community where we can really make a difference,’” McCormick remembers.


Working in Public Health: William Lyons, LCSW-S

William Lyons

July 4, 2021

William Lyons, LCSW-S, serves as the Manager of Programs, Social Determinants of Health at Legacy Community Health in Houston, Texas. Legacy, a Federally Qualified Health Center, identifies unmet needs and gaps in health-related services and develops client-centered programs to address these needs. William has served as a preceptor to several School of Public Health students.



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