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McCleary-Gaddy named DEI Champion

headshot of Asia McCleary-Gaddy, PhD. (Courtesy photo)

September 16, 2022

The DEI Champions Award honors professionals who are passionate about creating an impact in the field of diversity and inclusion. Diversity champions continue to put diversity first through visionary leadership and commitment to fostering change for ages to come.

National Coming Out Day: UTHealth Houston wants to hear your stories

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September 16, 2022

UTHealth Houston is preparing for LGBTQ+ History Month in October by spotlighting the coming out stories of our UTHealth Houston community. If you would like to share your story of coming out, what it feels like to be “out” at UTHealth Houston, or the experience of seeing others “out” across the university, please share your story.

Celebrating Juneteenth with tea cakes

Photo of tea cakes on a tray. (Photo by Rogelio Castro/UTHealth Houston)

June 13, 2022

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, commemorates the day in 1865 when 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, announcing that the more than 250,000 enslaved African Americans in the state were free in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth” by the newly freed people in Texas.

Shen on AAPI Month and Representation in Public Health

Assistant Professor, Gordon Shen, PhD, SM, Discusses his experience and importance of AAPI Heritage Month

May 15, 2022

"Asian Americans are celebrated as indispensable threads in the American social fabric. Their invaluable, manifold contributions deserve to be highlighted," says Gordon Shen, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, Policy, and Community Health at UTHealth School of Public Health. 

As we celebrate and commemorate Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we interviewed Shen on how his ethnicity has impacted his research and career, and how Americans can continue to honor and understand disparities and differences within cultures. 

Benjy F. Brooks, MD, Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award: Ritha Belizaire, MD

Headshot of Ritha Belizaire, MD. (Photo by UTHealth Houston)

May 12, 2022

“I have never won an award like this, so after the initial shock wore off, I felt incredibly honored and proud,” Belizaire described after winning the award. “I sent the email to my mom (as one does). It’s easy to forget that it is a privilege to teach the next generation of doctors and understand that you can have an impact on the trajectory of someone’s career as a physician. I feel absolutely humbled that they chose me for this award.”

Bridges, 80, becomes 1st Doctorate of Health Informatics graduate at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Photo of Joe Bridges standing outside in a green area. (Photo by Rogelio Castro/UTHealth Houston)

April 29, 2022

For more than a decade, Joe Bridges, DHI, witnessed his sister Jan struggle to figure out what was causing bouts of severe swelling; and then he decided to do something about it. Beginning at age 77, Bridges dedicated three years to researching and implementing a solution that can help physicians consider a wider array of possible diagnoses to get it right the first time to help prevent patients, like his sister, from suffering unnecessarily.

The Impact of War on Public Health

war-stricken building

April 1, 2022

The distance between Texas and Ukraine, at nearly 6,000 miles, seems vast. Despite the distance, communities here, and elsewhere across the globe, have experienced the reverberating effects of the Russian invasion of that country. The American Psychological Association reports that 80% of Americans find the Russian invasion of Ukraine to be a significant source of stress. Stress factors that coattail the economic impacts of the war showcase just the outermost layers of war's impact on public health.

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