Reuel A. Stallones Building in the Texas Medical Center in Houston
At six campuses across Texas, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health works to improve the state of public health in Texas every day. Each of our campuses is strategically placed to meet the public health education and research needs of the diverse populations across Texas. UTHealth School of Public Health is the only school of public health in the nation with regional campuses.
The main campus, located in the heart of Houston’s Texas Medical Center, offers students unmatched opportunities for research and employment. The School of Public Health’s five regional campuses are in Austin, Brownville, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio. Each campus has its own faculty and research specialties. Students can attend class at any of the six campuses via Interactive Television (ITV).
UTHealth School of Public Health is one of six schools of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the most comprehensive academic health system in The University of Texas System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region. In addition to the School of Public Health, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine and nursing. It also includes a psychiatric hospital, multiple institutes and centers, a growing network of clinics and outreach programs in education and care throughout the region.
The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and the university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
UTHealth’s Troisi honored for public health practice excellence
HOUSTON – Catherine L. Troisi, Ph.D., was presented with the 2018 Academic Public Health Practice Excellence Award by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) at the organization’s annual meeting this month in Arlington, Va. Troisi is an associate professor in the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health.
This annual honor recognizes graduate public health faculty members who advance and integrate the scholarship of practice-based service, teaching and research for public health. Troisi was nominated by George Delclos, M.D., a professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health. The honor comes with a $1,000 award, a plaque and recognition at the ASPPH Annual Meeting.
Criteria for the award include outstanding contributions in practice-based research; practice-based service; practice-based teaching; and academic-practice linkages including engagement of students in public health practice (e.g., community projects, internships, and practica). Nominees must be full-time faculty members from an ASPPH-member school, and the school must be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
“Having practiced public health at the Houston Health Department, I have a better understanding of the importance of exposing students to public health practice in the community and engaging the community in our research and I'm honored to have received this award,” says Troisi.
In November 2017, Troisi was elected to the executive board of the American Public Health Association (APHA) for a four-year term. Previously, she served as chair of the APHA’s Action Board, which helps coordinate the association’s advocacy activities and improves participation in advocacy initiatives among the association’s leadership bodies, and was co-chair of the APHA’s Joint Policy Committee.
In letters supporting her nomination, some of Troisi’s colleagues emphasized her career highlights including
the development of a system for expanding the practice-based teaching network for students;
her work with the Houston Health Department;
co-development of a certificate program in public health for undergraduate students, eventually leading to a growing public health workforce in Texas;
her service on a legislatively mandated Texas-wide committee charged with improving public health practice;
her work with Houston’s Homeless Coalition and the annual Homeless Count;
writing editorials in large city newspapers about public health issues such as HPV and Hepatitis B immunization;
her disaster preparedness volunteer work training students;
and assisting those in need with enrollment in the Affordable Care Act.
In 2015, Troisi was named “Advocate of the Year” by APHA. Her advocacy efforts include testifying at a congressional hearing on the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic, attending town halls, and meetings with her congressional delegation, to promote APHA’s public health priorities. She also drafted opinion pieces published in the Houston Chronicle on the dangers of Ebola versus a potential pandemic flu, importance of vaccination in wake of a measles outbreak, funding for public health, climate change and gun violence.
Deanna Hoelscher, Ph.D., L.D., R.D., a professor and director of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at the Austin campus of UTHealth School of Public Health, received the award in 2017 and Belinda Reininger, Dr.P.H., a professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the School of Public Health’s campus in Brownsville, received the award in 2014/2015. A list of previous winners is available here.