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CHPPR Research Study Tests Text-Message-Based Intervention for Sexual and Gender Minority Smokers

CHPPR Research Study Tests Text-Message-Based Intervention for Sexual and Gender Minority Smokers

May 10, 2022

CHPPR’s SmokefreeSGM research study is a text-messaging-based intervention designed to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people quit smoking cigarettes. The study aims to develop and test a sexual and gender minority (SGM) tailored text-based program and examine recruitment, retention, and smoking abstinence rates at 1, 3, and 6 months of follow-up.



CHPPR partners with non-profit REAL, Inc. to provide transportation services to vulnerable communities

A client boarding a REAL, Inc. shuttle.

April 19, 2022

REAL, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has worked with the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research on multiple projects, including the Trip for Salud y Vida program, which studied the integration of transportation into care for mental health. The organization is devoted to providing community-centered services to Seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable communities in rural areas of South Texas.



HRSA grants CHPPR 10.3 million dollars to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates

Photo of Maria E. Fernandez, PhD.

January 31, 2022

A one-year, $10.3 million dollar grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) was awarded to increase COVID-19 vaccinations through the development and mobilization of existing community-based health and outreach workforces in the state by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).



CHPPR HPV Vaccination Initiative Launches Continuing Nursing Education Program

School nurse

January 19, 2022

The All for Them vaccination initiative has launched a free Continuing Nursing Education course entitled “School Nurses are All for Them: HPV Vaccination in Schools.” This online, self-paced course was developed specifically for school nurses in Texas, but nurses and health professionals working in other settings are invited to take the course as well. 


Fernandez receives ASPPH Research Excellence Award

Maria E. Fernandez. PhD

December 20, 2021

 Maria E. Fernandez, PhD, the Lorne Bain Distinguished Professor in Public Health and Medicine, and professor of health promotion and behavioral science at UTHealth School of Public Health is the recipient of the 2022 Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s (ASPPH) Research Excellence Award. This distinguished award recognizes faculty who have devoted their careers to investigating public health issues. 


Take Care, Texas! aims to provide COVID-19 resources to underserved populations across the state

Take care Texas! graphic

December 9, 2021

Earlier this year, the UTHealth Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research (CHPPR) launched Take Care, Texasan online resource for up-to-date information on COVID-19 testing in Texas. Take Care, Texas is a part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADxUP) program, which aims to develop an adaptive intervention to increase COVID-19 testing in vulnerable communities. 



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