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Nearly $4 Million Awarded for Adolescent Cancer Research

Assistant Professor Paula Cuccaro, PhD; Professor Ross Shegog, PhD; and Associate Professor Lara Savas, PhD, were awarded $3,996,163 from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to develop adolescent cancer prevention research. These awards were part of a $100 million grant to continue Texas's initiatives to build cancer research and represent the country's most significant state initiative to combat cancer.  

Headshots of Assistant Professor Paula Cuccaro, PhD; Professor Ross Shegog, PhD; and Associate Professor Lara Savas, PhD, from left to right.


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COVID-19 Response

Working with community partners, local government, and health care organizations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.



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Latest headlines and updates from our people creating an impact in their communities and beyond


    Working with community partners to build a pandemic communication strategy 

    People obtain information about important issues in different ways—it’s a fact that teams with UTHealth School of Public Health’s Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences confront constantly in their research programs and community outreach.

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    A poster that reads: Labor Day Sept 2020 Sanitize your hands, keep your distance, small groups, wear a mask
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    Cancer in adolescent and young adult women before pregnancy does not increase risk for stillborn births, according to UTHealth Houston research

    Adolescent and young adult women who were diagnosed with cancer and received chemotherapy treatment prior to pregnancy did not have a higher risk of stillbirth, according to research led by Caitlin C. Murphy, PhD, MPH, with UTHealth Houston.

    The study was published recently in the online version of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

    Read the full story here.Cancer in adolescent and young adult women before pregnancy does not increase risk for stillborn births, according to UTHealth Houston research

    From left to right: Sharice Preston, PhD; Andrea Betts, PhD, MPH; Aubree Shay, PhD, MSW; Caitlin Murphy, PhD, MPH; and Marlyn Allicock, PhD, MPH, from the UTHealth School of Public Health, collaborated on the research. (Photo courtesy of Caitlin Murphy)

    About 75% of Texans have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, according to one of the world's largest COVID-19 antibody surveys

    “Texas CARES data revealed to us that fully vaccinated participants showed significantly higher antibody levels than those with a natural infection only,” said Eric Boerwinkle, PhD, dean of the School of Public Health.

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    UTHealth School of Public Health ranked top among academic programs shaping public health workforce

    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health is one of the top universities in the nation responsible for training the bulk of today’s public health academic leaders, according to a recently released independent analysis.

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    Photo from the School's 50th anniversary celebration in 2019.

    Support grows for the new UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence   

    Bringing together expertise and access to the best clinical care, research trials, discovery science, and public health knowledge, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) has established the UTHealth COVID-19 Center of Excellence.

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    UTHealth researchers and physicians, from left, Luis Ostrosky, MD; Bela Patel, MD; and Henry Wang, MD, MPH, are leading clinical trials on COVID-19.

    $5 million awarded to reduce COVID-19 disparities

    To help reduce COVID-19-related health disparities in vulnerable populations in Texas, a team of researchers led by UTHealth will identify disease hotspots and testing deserts in three racially diverse areas, and then develop and evaluate intervention strategies to increase COVID-19 testing.

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    Workers at drive-thru COVID testing sites prepare their workstation

    Spotlight on Brianna Lewis, MHCA 

    Brianna Lewis, a Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences PhD student at the Houston campus shares how COVID-19 is shaping her studies and changing her perspective on public health work.

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    Bri sits in her home office, surrounded by books.

    New professor Gabriela Gallegos is a triathlete   

    From the moment she finished her first triathlon, Gabriela Gallegos was hooked. The sense of joy that washed over her as she achieved her goal was “transformative,” says Gallegos, who joined the faculty of UTHealth School of Public Health in El Paso in February.

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    Professor Gabriela Gallegos

    Emily Gordon will represent UTHealth School of Public Health   

    Two UTHealth School of Public Health students have been selected by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) to join the 2020-2021 cohort of This is Public Health Ambassadors.

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    Emily Gordon

    Keeping dairy workers safe through health literacy

    Anabel Rodriquez, MPH is a research coordinator working on improving occupational health and safety among dairy workers and logging machine operators, and is the recipient of the 2019 Individual Health Literacy Hero Award from the Bexar County Health Collaborative.

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    Anabel Rodriquez, MPH

    Carol Huber appointed to the Value Based Payment and Quality Improvement Advisory Committee for Texas

    Huber will serve as a member representing regional healthcare partnerships.

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    Carol Huber

    Faculty members awarded National Science Foundation Senior Scholar Award to research opioid-affected communities 

    Associate professor Sheryl McCurdy, PhD, and assistant professor Eric Jones, PhD, have been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Senior Scholar Award for their study, “Addiction, Mutual Aid Networks, and the Navigation of Care Systems.”

    READ MORESPH - See Our Impact - Opioids

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    Meeting the public health education needs of the Permian Basin community

    UTHealth School of Public Health and the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) College of Business have partnered to provide graduate students with the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in Public Health while simultaneously earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) beginning Spring 2020.

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    UTHealth School of Public Health Dean Eric Boerwinkle, PhD, UTPB President Dr. Sandra Woodley

    Preventing and caring for HIV in homeless youth

     Alexis Sims, a doctoral student in health promotion and behavioral sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, has been awarded a $100,000 supplemental research grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate HIV prevention and care in homeless youth.

    READ MORESPH - Our Impact - NIH funding for HIV

    Alexis Sims, MPH

    Mapping the spread of COVID-19 in Texas

    A working team of faculty, staff and students recently launched a visualization dashboard which provides real-time data analytics to monitor COVID-19 spread in the state of Texas.

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    An image of the world made to look like the outline of a coronavirus. (Image is Creative Commons)