A research team from the Texas A&M School of Public Health lead by Maj. Brenda Bustillos, M.S., R.D., L.D., and Joseph Sharkey, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. conducted a number of formal and informal community and promotora needs assessments to develop a framework for the curriculum of a new education program.
John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, along with Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, today announced the launch of “Healthy South Texas,” a novel effort to reduce preventable diseases and their consequences throughout the region. The pilot program of the Healthy Texas Initiative, “Healthy South Texas” will combine the expertise of the Texas A&M Health Science Center with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s one-of-a-kind, statewide reach to promote preventative health at the most local level of the community, improving the well-being of South Texans for generations to come.
Many parents are unaware of how to control and manage asthma in their children. An estimated 617,000 children in Texas, or 9.1 percent, had asthma in 2013. Those in South Texas may be especially vulnerable, due to high levels of pollen in the air, high use of agricultural pesticides and a high poverty rate.
Community health workers are a vital part of the Texas A&M Diabetes Education Program. By providing continuous, supportive and effective care for people with diabetes, community health workers are a key component to increasing the quality of care and improving diabetes outcomes in low-income populations.
Ann Millard, Ph.D, will begin a walking group and healthy eating program led by promotoras de salud (Community Health Workers) in the colonias of Weslaco, Texas. An associate professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health McAllen Campus, Millard will continue her work through a 2-year $342,000 grant awarded from the Knapp Community Care Foundation.
The Coastal Bend Health Education Center (CBHEC) has established an American Diabetes Association recognized program in Kingsville to empower individuals diagnosed with diabetes to take control of their health. The program is funded in part by a grant awarded by the Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas.
The Texas A&M Health Science Center is hosting the Tropical and Infectious Diseases Impacting Texas conference in Corpus Christi, Texas, Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, to provide physicians and other health professionals with the knowledge necessary to identify and treat infectious diseases.
Joe Sharkey, Ph.D., M.P.H, has received a $4.9 million grant that targets populations of Mexican heritage in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.