"Asian Americans are celebrated as indispensable threads in the American social fabric. Their invaluable, manifold contributions deserve to be highlighted," says Gordon Shen, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health at UTHealth School of Public Health.
As we celebrate and commemorate Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we interviewed Shen on how his ethnicity has impacted his research and career, and how Americans can continue to honor and understand disparities and differences within cultures.
April 4, 2022
Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, regional dean of the UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Campus, served as the lead author on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ position paper on the prevention of pediatric overweight and obesity, published in February 2022. This position paper supersedes the academy’s previous paper written in 2013, in which Hoelscher also served as lead author.
April 1, 2022
The distance between Texas and Ukraine, at nearly 6,000 miles, seems vast. Despite the distance, communities here, and elsewhere across the globe, have experienced the reverberating effects of the Russian invasion of that country. The American Psychological Association reports that 80% of Americans find the Russian invasion of Ukraine to be a significant source of stress. Stress factors that coattail the economic impacts of the war showcase just the outermost layers of war's impact on public health.
March 23, 2022
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded over $6 million to researchers with UTHealth Houston to aid in cancer prevention research. These awards will expand liver cancer prevention to persons experiencing homelessness, facilitate communication about the HPV vaccine, and find therapeutics that can help destroy gastrointestinal cancer cells.
March 22, 2022
Danielle Harmon, MPH is the Executive Director for the US Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA). Danielle received her Master of Public Health in Community Health Practice in 2012. As a national association for lactation care providers, Danielle oversees the growth and development of USLCA’s programs and resources to ensure the organization is supporting the advancement of the lactation profession.
March 18, 2022
Children previously infected with COVID-19 develop natural circulating antibodies that last for at least seven months, according to a new study led by researchers at UTHealth Houston.
March 16, 2022
UTHealth School of Public Health Brownsville campus student, Ghadir Helal Salsa has been named the recipient of the 2022 Dr. Gerry C. Gunnin, Ph.D. Public Health Memorial Fellowship (Gunnin Fellowship). This highly competitive award assists students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree in public health at an accredited Texas school.
February 25, 2022
Aanand Naik, MD, has been appointed chair of the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health, and associate dean for Learning Health Systems at UTHealth School of Public Health. Naik has also been selected as the Nancy P. and Vincent F. Guinee, MD Distinguished Chair and executive director of the UTHealth Houston Consortium on Aging.
February 24, 2022
Melissa Peskin, PhD, with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, has been accepted into The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine, M.D. Academy of Health Science for her teaching excellence and commitment to the enhancement of health science education.
February 21, 2022
Editor’s note: In celebration of Black History Month (Feb. 1 - March 1), UTHealth Houston is featuring outstanding members of our community.
Kymberle Sterling, DrPH, MPH, has spent her career combating the tobacco industry’s efforts to attract new smokers.
February 8, 2022
The most recent results of The University of Texas MD Anderson initiative, “Active Living After Cancer,” has been published in Cancer, the journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS), showing that an increase of physical activity for breast cancer survivors in minority and medically underserved areas can improve quality of life.