outREACH (Research, Education and Community Health)

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outREACH and UTHealth Community at the Houston Pride Parade- June 24, 2017

 Pride 2017

Mission Statement

We, outREACH, aspire to help create a safe and supportive professional and academic environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) students, postdocs, faculty, and staff and their allies at UTHealth School of Public Health through our presence and visibility. outREACH serves as a resource and advocate for these individuals and their families.

Functions of outREACH

  • To provide a safe and confidential forum for the discussion of issues important to the LGBTQ+ community at UTSPH.
  • To encourage and promote scholarship, research, and teaching that addresses questions relevant to LGBTQ+ persons and to all members of the school across disciplines.
  • To help develop pedagogical and research approaches that are sensitive to the sexual diversity present both in our classrooms and in the larger community that will be served by outREACH.
  • To foster retention and recruitment of LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff creating a more inclusive environment.
  • To provide support and guidance for UTSPH regarding issues that affect the well-being of LGBTQ+ students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at UTSPH 

2018-2019 outREACH Officers

Internal Chair: Jenny Holcomb 

External Chair: Fatima Frausto

Financial Chair: Joseph Hicks 

Records Chair: Rubaiya Islam

Publicity Chair: Ana Gonzalez

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Vanessa Schick, Dr. Alan Nyitray

Staff Advisors: JT Rayburn and Robert Hammarberg

Current Opportunities 

Volunteer opportunities

Monthly Meetings and Socials

Pride Planning Committee 

Past Events 

Back to School Social with SPH Student Association- September 7th from 4- 6 p.m. on the SPH deck 

2017 outREACH and UTHealth at Houston Pride Parade

Houston Global Health Collaborative Impact Global Health Conference

2017 National LGBTQ Health Conference in Chicago

Out for Health Summit in San Antonio

2017 ACLU Reproductive Freedom in Action in Austin

Critical Cinema: Transgender Tuesdays

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser for the Montrose Center prison release clothing collection: Love Has No Label 

UTSPH Diversity Fair 

Transgender Awareness Day: November 20th 

Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI) Health Fair

2015 American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference 

2015 LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference: Bridging Research & Practice 

New Student Organization Expo

Houston Dash Women's Soccer game 

Rainbow on the Green 


Interested in joining outREACH? Want to learn more?

Contact us:

Email: outREACH@uth.tmc.edu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SPHoutREACH 

2015 Houston Dash Soccer Game


                         2015 LGBTQ Health and Wellness Conference: Bridging Research & Practice in Chicago    


2016 outREACH and Student Association Bingo Social  


2017 ACLU Reproductive Freedom in Action Conference in Austin  


2017 Candlelight Vigil in Solidarity with the Muslim Community