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Assistant Professor, Gordon Shen, PhD, SM, Discusses his experience and importance of AAPI Heritage Month

Shen on AAPI Month and Representation in Public Health

"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. 

“The Psychology of Resilience,” guest-edited by Jack Tsai, PhD, UTHealth School of Public Health San Antonio Campus Dean

Tsai serves as guest editor for American Psychological Association Journals, Limited Special Series on, “The Psychology of Resilience"

Published in April 2022, each of the four journals covers a specific focus on different areas of study in resilience research including Psychological Services, Healthy Psychology, Military Psychology, and Psychological Trauma. Serving as lead guest editor, Tsai oversaw the print and publication of all four special journal issues.

Alumni Benedicta Anikputa appointed by Governor Abbott to the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force

Alumni Benedicta Anikputa appointed by Governor Abbott to the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force

Alongside other task force members, Anikputa will coordinate the design and implementation of the state’s plan for the prevention, early screening, diagnosis, and management of chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Laura Moore and students in the UTHealth School of Public Health Nourish Garden

“How Good Food Works from Seed to Plate,” Earns Distinction with Multiple Awards

The award-winning cookbook is a hardcover 282-page book that tells the remarkable story of the UTHealth School of Public Health’s Nourish Program. The book is a journey that starts with a 5,000-square foot garden and offers dozens of beautifully illustrated recipes grouped by fruit, flowers, seeds, tubers, spices, stems, and shoots.

UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Campus Dean Authors Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper

UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Campus Dean Authors Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Position Paper

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.


The Impact of War on Public Health

war-stricken building

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.


UTHealth Houston researchers awarded over $6 million in CPRIT grants

Photo of Jack Tsai, PhD, and Vanessa Schick, PhD, with UTHealth School of 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.


Know thy Alumni: Danielle Harmon, MPH

Danielle Harmon, MPH

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.



Brownsville Campus Student Awarded Gunnin Fellowship

Helal Salsa photo smiling with her arms crossed in front.

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.


Naik appointed Chair for MPACH & Executive Director for the Consortium of Aging

Naik appointed Chair for MPACH & Executive Director for the Consortium of Aging

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.


Peskin inducted into the Kenneth I. Shine, M.D. Academy of Health Science

Melissa Peskin

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.





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