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Change in Depression and Its Determinants during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Longitudinal Examination among Racially/Ethnically Diverse US Adults

Zhang, Y., Janda, K. M., Ranjit, N., Salvo, D., Nielsen, A., & van den Berg, A. (2022). International journal of environmental research and public health, 19(3), 1194. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19031194


School parks as a community health resource: Use of joint-use parks by children before and during COVID-19 pandemic

(Lanza, K., Durand, C. P., Alcazar, M., Ehlers, S., Zhang, K., & Kohl III, H. W. (2021). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.)


Correlates of Transitions in Food Insecurity Status during the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic among Ethnically Diverse Households in Central Texas

(Janda, K., Ranjit, N., Salvo, D., Nielsen, A., Lemoine, P., Casnovsky, J., & van den Berg, A. Food Insecurity, Neighborhood Food Environment, and Nutrition Health Disparities: State of the Science Workshop– Food Insecurity Track (Accepted - Poster Presentation) DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13082597.)


Estimated Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies in the Texas Pediatric Population, 2021.

(Messiah, S., Valerio-Shewmaker, M.A., DeSantis, S.M., Swartz, M.D., Yaseen, A., Brito, F.A., Kohl III, H.W., Kelder, S.H., Aguillard, K., Omega-Njemnobi, O.S. and Breaux, C., The Lancet, June 2021.)


Use of School Wellness Policy Templates in One Texas Public Health Region: A Mixed-Methods Analysis

(Szeszulski, J., Walker, T. J., McCurdy, S. A., & Hoelscher, D. M. (2021). Journal of School Health.)


Examining food insecurity and areas with unmet food needs during COVID-19: A geospatial, community-specific approach

Janda, K. M., Hood, R., Price, A., Night, S., Marty, W. E., Rohlich, A., Hanson, K., Espinoza, M., & van den Berg, A. E. (2021). Journal of agriculture, food systems, and community development, 10(3), 55–67. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2021.103.017


Association of the Quality Rating and Improvement System, Texas Rising Star, on Physical Activity and Screen Time Policies and Practices in Texas Child Care Centers

(Dooley EE, Browning C, Thi C, Hoelscher DM, Byrd-Williams CE. American Jour. of Health Promotion, first published online March 31, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1177/08901171211003826.)


Expanding Implementation Research to Prevent Chronic Diseases in Community Settings

(Mazzucca S, Arredondo EM, Hoelscher DM, Haire-Joshu D, Tabak RG, Kumanyika SK, Brownson RC. Annual Review of Public Health, 42. doi.org/10.11146/annurev-publhealth-090419-102547. [PMID: 33504338].)


Heat-moderating effects of bus stop shelters and tree shade on public transport ridership.

(Lanza, K., & Durand, C. P. (2021). Heat-moderating effects of bus stop shelters and tree shade on public transport ridership. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(2), 463.)


Longer time spent at home during COVID-19 pandemic is associated with binge drinking among US adults

SM Weerakoon, KK Jetelina & G Knell (2020) Longer time spent at home during COVID-19 pandemic is associated with binge drinking among US adults, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, DOI: 10.1080/00952990.2020.1832508


Associations of Urbanicity and Sociodemographic Characteristics with Protective Health Behaviors and Reasons for Leaving the Home During COVID-19

Burford, K., Dooley, E., Lanza, K. and Knell, G., 2020. Associations of Urbanicity and Sociodemographic Characteristics with Protective Health Behaviors and Reasons for Leaving the Home During COVID-19. Health Psychology Bulletin, 4(1), pp.53–63. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/hpb.24


Cost – Benefit Analysis of Austin Public Health’s Peer to Peer Adolescent Sexual Health Education Program

(Wilson, Kim; Patel, Ujas; Sandrea, Shannon; Santos, Fernanda; and Brown, Henry Shelton III(2020) Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 20 : Iss. 1 , Article 6. Available at: https://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol20/iss1/6.)


Using a rapid assessment methodology to identify and address immediate needs among low-income households with children during COVID-19

Sharma SV, Haidar A*, Noyola J, Tien J, Rushing M*, Naylor B*, Chuang RJ, Markham C. Using a rapid assessment methodology to identify and address immediate needs among low-income households with children during COVID-19. PLOS One. October 1, 2020https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0240009


Health Behavior Changes During COVID-19 Pandemic and Subsequent “Stay-at-Home” Orders

Knell, G.; Robertson, M.C.; Dooley, E.E.; Burford, K.; Mendez, K.S. Health Behavior Changes During COVID-19 Pandemic and Subsequent “Stay-at-Home” Orders. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6268.


Texas Legislator Survey: Lessons Learned from Interviewing State Politicians about Obesity Policies

(Nichols D, Dowdy D, Atteberry H, Menendez T, Hoelscher DM; Texas Public Health Journal; 2017)


U.S. Military Service and the Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome: Findings From a Cross-Sectional Analysis of the Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, 1979-2013

(Janak JC, Pérez A, Alamgir H, Orman JA, Cooper SP, Shuval K, DeFina L, Barlow CE, Gabriel KP; Preventative Medicine; 2016)


In the Wake of the Affordable Care Act: Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to Health Care Access

This research uses a community based participatory model to create a survey on the health care access experiences and challenges of newly insured and remaining uninsured living in South Sacramento CA.


Evaluating the influence of the revised special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children (WIC) food allocation package on healthy food availability, accessibility, and affordability in Texas

(Lu W, McKyer EL, Dowdy D, Evans A, Ory M, Hoelscher DM, Wang S, Miao J; Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; 2016)


An international perspective on the nexus of physical activity research and policy

(Pratt M, Salvo D, Cavill N, Giles-Corti B, McCue P, Reis RS, Juaregui A, Foster C; Environment and Behavior; 2016)


A Contextual Look at Safe Routes to School Implementation in Texas

(Atteberry H, Dowdy D, Oluyomi A, Nichols D, Ory MG, & Hoelscher DM; Environment & Behavior; 2016)


Effects of Funding Allocation for Safe Routes to School Programs on Active Commuting to School and Related Behavioral, Knowledge, and Psychosocial Outcomes: Results From the Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE) Study

(Hoelscher DM, Ory MG, Dowdy D, Miao J, Atteberry H, Nichols D, Evans A, Menendez T, Lee C, & Wang S; Environment & Behavior; 2016)


Moderating effects of age, gender and education on the associations of perceived neighborhood environment attributes with accelerometer-based physical activity: The IPEN adult study

(Van Dyck D, Cerin E, De Bourdeaudhuij I, Salvo D, Christiansen LB, MacFarlane D, Owen N, Mitas J, Troelsen J, Aguinaga-Ontoso I, Davey R, Reis RS, Sarmiento OL, Schofield G, Conway TL, Sallis JF; Health & Place; 2015)


Active Commuting to School in Mexican Adolescents: Evidence From the Mexican National Nutrition and Health Survey

(Jáuregui A, Medina C, Salvo D, Barquera S, Rivera-Dommarco JA; Journal of Physical Activity and Health; 2015)


The association between state bans on soda only and adolescent substitution with other sugar-sweetened beverages: A cross-sectional study

(Taber DR, Chriqui JF, Vuillaume R, Kelder SH, Chaloupka FJ; The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2015)


The Science of Childhood Obesity: An Individual to Societal Framework

UTHealth researchers published eight new articles, including an introduction from the regional dean, as part of a special obesity issue of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. The issue provides insights into how to solve the child obesity epidemic and close the gap in our current understanding of its causes.


Increasing access to healthful foods: A qualitative study with residents of low-income communities

(Evans A, Banks K, Jennings R, Nehme E, Nemec C, Sharma S, Hussaini A, Yaroch A; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2015)


International study of perceived neighbourhood environmental attributes and Body Mass Index: IPEN Adult study in 12 countries

(De Bourdeaudhuij I, Van Dyck D, Salvo D, Davey R, Reis RS, Schofield G, Sarmiento OL, Mitas J, Christiansen LB, MacFarlane D, Sugiyama T, Aguinaga-Ontoso I, Owen N, Conway TL, Sallis JF, Cerin E; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2015)


Adolescents' awareness and use of menu labels in eating establishments: Results from a focus group study

(Evans AE, Weiss SR, Meath KJ, Chow S, Vandewater EA, Ness RB; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; 2015)


Intensity-specific leisure-time physical activity and the built environment among Brazilian adults: A best-fit model

(Salvo D, Reis RS, Hino AA, Hallal PC, Pratt M; Journal of Physical Activity and Health; 2015)


Perceived neighborhood environmental attributes associated with adults’ walking and cycling for transport: Findings from 17 cities in 12 countries

(Kerr J, Emond JA, Badland H, Reis R, Sarmiento O, Carlson J, Sallis JF, Cerin E, Cain K, Conway T, Schofield G, Macfarlane DJ, Christiansen LB, Van Dyck D, Davey R, Aguinaga-Ontoso I, Salvo D, Sugiyama T, Owen N, Mitáš J, Natarajan L; Environmental Health Perspectives; 2015)


How state taxes and policies targeting soda consumption modify the association between school vending machines and student dietary behaviors: a cross-sectional analysis

(Taber DR, Chiriqui JF, Vuillaume R, Chaloupka FJ; PLOS ONE; 2014)


Parental safety concerns and active school commute: correlates across multiple domains in the home-to-school journey

(Oluyomi AO, Lee C, Nehme E, Dowdy D, Ory MG, Hoelscher DM; Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act; 2014)


Participation in vigorous sports, not moderate sports, is positively associated with cardiorespiratory fitness among adolescent girls

(Taber DR, Pratt CA, Charneco EY, Phillips JA, Dowda M, Going SB; Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014)


Creating a tipping point: Texas obesity policy actions in review, 2000-2010

(Ory MG, Nichols D, Dickerson JB, Madsen KK, Dowdy D, Menendez T, Hoelscher DM; Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 2013)


TCOPPE School Environmental Audit Tool: Assessing Safety and Walkability of School Environments

(Lee CD, Ory MG, HyungJin, Dowdy D, Hoelscher DM; Journal of Physical Activity and Health; 2013)


Association between district and state policies and US public elementary school competitive food and beverage environments

(Chriqui JF, Turner L, Taber DR, Chaloupka FJ; JAMA Pediatrics; 2013)


Identifying state-level policy and provision domains for physical education and physical activity in high school

(Hales DH, Stevens JS Murray DM, Taber DR, Roberts A; International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity; 2013)


Cigarette Quitlines, Taxes, and Other Tobacco Control Policies: A State-Level Analysis

(Brown HS, Karson S; Health Economics, 2013)


From NIH to Texas schools: Policy impact of the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) program in Texas

(Hoelscher DM, Springer AE, Menendez TH, Cribb PW, Kelder SH ; Journal of Physical Activity and Health , 2011)


Being a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite


Food at School Parties

9/15/15 - What one YEAR of school party food really looks like.


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Comida en las Fiestas Escolares

9/15/2015 - La realidad de las fiestas escolares en un año.


Make Sure All Texans Get A’s in Healthy Eating!

7/28/15 - This infographic shows how the food shopping environment has a strong influence on what foods families ultimately buy and consume, and their subsequent health outcomes.


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Asegúrate de que todos los Tejanos reciban un Diez en Alimentación Saludable!

7/28/15 - Esta infografía muestra cómo el entorno de compra de alimentos tiene una gran influencia en qué alimentos las familias compran y consumen, y sus resultados de salud posteriores.


The Science of Childhood Obesity: An Individual to Societal Framework


The Texas of Today is the United States of Tomorrow

5/1/15 - Texas very likely represents the future of the United States, given the current shifts in demographics across the country. Diverse population, geography and an array of cultures are only a few of the benefits that make Texas an ideal place to perform public health research.


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El Texas de Hoy as El Estados Unidos del Mañana

5/1/15 - Con base en los cambios demográficos que actualmente ocurren alrededor del país, Texas muy probablemente es una buena representación del futuro poblacional de los Estados Unidos.


Safety-Net Hospital Systems Transformation in the Era of Health Care Reform


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Our Kids Want to Walk the Walk

1/12/15 - This infographic shows findings and recommendations from the Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation Project.


Our Kids Want to Walk the Walk (PowerPoint)


Snapshot of Medicaid 1115 Waiver and Other State-Based Delivery System Transformations


SPAN Survey Fact Sheets


2013 Texas Health Perception Survey Brief

One-page summary of the 2013 Texas Health Perception Survey results.


2013 Texas Health Perception Survey Report

Eighty-three Texas legislators were surveyed to identify knowledge and perceptions about obesity prevention and control measures. Legislators from both political parties and legislative chambers responded to the survey.


Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention (2012)


CATCH in IOM report on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention

5/1/12 - This excerpt from the 2012 Institute of Medicine report on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention discusses the evidence base for the CATCH program.


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Revenue Neutral Policy Solutions to Youth Fitness Problems in Texas


Active Texas 2020: Taking Action to Promote Physical Activity

12/1/09 - A 10-year blueprint detailing proven strategies that will help schools, medical care organizations, employers, municipal leaders, transportation planners, parks and wildlife leaders and community leaders find and implement proven strategies for helping make exercise and physical activity a health priority throughout the State of Texas.


2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans


Deanna Hoelscher Deanna Hoelscher, PhD, RDN, LD, CNS, FISBNPA
Regional Dean, UTHealth School of Public Health in Austin
Director, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, Distinguished Teaching Professor at The University of Texas System

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Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Training Program

The key objective of developing the MCH training program is to address geographic disparities in access to MCH training for rural MCH professionals in the target areas of the HRSA Region VI (TX, NM, OK, AR, and LA) and the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan.

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Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE)

This project is a collaborative effort that will study the impact of two recent policies: the Safe Routes to School program and an important rule revision to the federal food allocation package administered by the Texas Women, Infants and Children program.

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Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Partnership

The Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite Technical Assistance Partnership was established to provide technical assistance and support to worksites across the state of Texas who are seeking Mother-Friendly designation, a designation which demonstrates a basic level of support for nursing mothers in the workplace

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