Genny Carrillo Zuniga

Genny Carrillo Zuniga, M.D., M.P.H, M.S.P.H., Sc.D.

Genny Carrillo Zuniga, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.P.H., Sc.D., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, recently was awarded a two-year, $50,000 contract by the Environmental Protection Agency.

This research project will study the effects of healthy home environments and self-management education on the quality of life for children with asthma. The program will focus on primary school students, targeting disproportionately impacted populations such as minorities, children and low-income individuals who receive care at the Rio Grande Regional Hospital.

“Hidalgo County has one of the highest asthma-related hospitalization rates for children in Texas,” Dr. Carrillo said. “The proposed project will address the education of children with asthma, or their caregivers, and the training of health care professionals to identify and manage environmental triggers in the home such as tobacco smoke, chemicals, mold, dust, dust mites, pet dander and cockroaches.”

The Rio Grande Regional Hospital will work with Dr. Carrillo in the identification and follow-up of children suffering from asthma for the study.

— Rae Lynn Mitchell

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