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The John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series

The John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion was established in 1996 by Dr. McGovern to acknowledge the important role that health promotion programs play in public health to improve health and prevent disease. Dr. McGovern had a long-standing involvement in programs that help individuals and communities to prevent lifestyle-related illnesses and cope with chronic disease and disabilities. His generous gift to The Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research provides an opportunity to recognize distinguished researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion programs.


2017 McGovern Lecture Series

Matthew W. Kreuter, PhD, MPH

Lessons Learned From 25 Years of Health Communication Research to Eliminate Health Disparities
Thursday, March 9, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Reuel A. Stallones (RAS) Auditorium

The Annual John P. McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion is sponsored by the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research. The 2017 Award Recipient is Dr. Matthew W. Kreuter.

Matthew Kreuter, PhD, MPH
Matthew W. Kreuter, PhD, MPH

Dr. Kreuter is the Kahn Family Professor and Associate Dean for Public Health at the Brown School of Washington University in St. Louis. He is founder of the Health Communication Research Library (HCRL), a leading center nationally that is now in its 22nd year of continuous funding.

Dr. Kreuter's research seeks to identify and apply communication-based strategies to eliminate health disparities. In particular, finding ways to increase the reach and effectiveness of health information to low-income and minority populations, and using information and technology to connect them to needed health services.

Kreuter served for six years on the Institute of Medicine's Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, and in 2014 was named by Thompson Reuters as one of the most influential scientists in the world, ranking in the top 1 percent in his field based on the number of highly cited papers.

He received his PhD and MPH in health behavior and health education form the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Everyone is invited to come hear Dr. Kreuter speak on "Lessons Learned From 25 Years of Health Communication Research to Eliminate Health Disparities", Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 11:15 a.m. in the RAS Auditorium, 1200 Pressler Street, Houston, TX 77030.

Boxed lunch will be provided to the first 100 lecture attendees.
Parking is available at Texas Medical Garage 2.


L. Kay Bartholomew Eldredge Student Poster Competition Winners

As part of this year's McGovern Award Lecture Series in Health Promotion, the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR) and the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences (HPBS) hosted The 2017 L. Kay Bartholomew Eldredge Student Poster Competition. Students from across the six campuses of UTHealth School of Public Health gathered in the lobby outside of the RAS Building auditorium in Houston where the lecture took place. Judges and lecture attendees spoke to the students about their research, and the winners were announced during the lecture.

In first place was Natalia Heredia (Ph.D. student) with her poster titled, "Family social and cultural influences on Mexican-American adolescents' body mass index." In second place was Mariana Arevalo Chavez (Ph.D. student) with her poster titled, "Using a social networks approach to explore the types and sources of social support related to post-traumatic stress disorder after a traumatic experience." In third place was Lizette Rangel (Dr.P.H. student), with her poster titled, "Education for Hispanics about biobanking and clinical trials: A pilot study."

Thanks to all participants, faculty sponsors, judges, visitors, and congratulations to the student poster competition award recipients. View full poster photos here on Flickr.

L. Kay Bartholomew Student Research Winners

Photo left to right: Natalia Heredia, Mariana Arevalo Chavez and Lizette Rangel.  


Student Poster Competition

March 9, 2017
9:45-11:00 a.m.
RAS Auditorium

The Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research and the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences are hosting the L. Kay Bartholomew Eldredge Student Poster Competition. The poster competition will take place on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in the RAS lobby before the Annual John P. McGovern Award Lecture.

The posters and the students presenting them will be available for visitors from 9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Everyone is encouraged to come view the quality research being conducted by public health students and to meet the people behind the research. It is a tremendous opportunity to support our colleagues and members of the public health community. It is also a wonderful professional development experience for students who wish to see examples of research posters, observe how fellow students present, and practice asking questions in these settings.

Awards will be presented at the John P. McGovern Award Lecture immediately following the competition.


2016 first place recipient Pooja Chaudhary