Feb 27th, 2014 by UTPA College of Health Sciences & Human Services
Feb 27th, 2014 by UTPA College of Health Sciences & Human Services
Dec 17th, 2013 by UTPA College of Health Sciences & Human Services
Many recent news reports having shown a constant shortage of doctors, particularly for primary care. This article by Catherine Rampell with the New York Times examines some possible reasons for why doctor are in such short supply.
Nov 21st, 2013 by UTPA College of Health Sciences & Human Services
November is National Diabetes Month and November 14th was World Diabetes Day. In observance of World Diabetes Day, The University of Texas-Pan American, COHSHS Border Health Office, Department of Nursing and Student Health Services along with the Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association offered free glucose and blood pressure checks at 14 locations from La Joya to San Benito and seven locations on the UTPA campus. A total of 104 persons from UTPA had their blood glucose and blood pressure checked, while the off campus community locations assessed 960 persons.
Diabetes is a disease where the body is unable to produce insulin or when the body does not use insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that your body needs to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 25 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and diabetes is the seventh leading cause of deaths in the U.S.
In the Rio Grande Valley, 30 percent of the adult population suffers from diabetes and about 20 percent are pre-diabetes. In the Rio Grande Valley, we are seeing an alarming increase of children with type 2 diabetes.
Oct 1st, 2013 by UTPA College of Health Sciences & Human Services
The College of Health Sciences and Human Services (COHSHS) was excited to have a variety of disciplines represented during Operation Lone Star (OLS) 2013. OLS is a very strategic and important event for the medically underserved in our area. The College of Health Sciences and Human Services would like to recognize the efforts of all disciplines that were involved this year, including:
Mar 22nd, 2013 by UTPA College of Health Sciences & Human Services
On March 21, 2013, UTPA graduate students from the College of Health Sciences and Human Services SEEP program assisted Ms. Doreen Garza (Executive Director of Border Health Office) and Dr. Shawn Saladin (Associate Dean & Professor) as they visited 4th Graders from De Escandon Elementary in Edinburg.
UTPA’s BHO (Border Health Office) created the SEEP (Student Enrollment & Education Program) to help raise awareness about diabetes and its risk factors and chose to target fourth-grade students to deliver the message because the students in that age group are dependable, responsible and can understand the importance of positive, healthy lifestyle changes.
Students watched videos, took surveys, got a homework assignment, and took home a diabetes registry; all to learn more about complications, symptoms, and the preventions of diabetes in hopes the children share the message with their families.
Feb 22nd, 2013 by UTPA College of Health Sciences & Human Services
A big congratulations to COHSHS Dean John Ronnau and Pharmacy Student Michael Garcia who won the Challenge of the Deans Freethrow Competition.
Jan 14th, 2013 by UTPA College of Health Sciences & Human Services
The The University of Texas-Pan American’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services (CHSHS) is taking community engagement a step further and branching out to one of the Rio Grande Valley’s most popular venues—the “pulga.”
|CHEP team members (left to right) Lily Ramirez, Dr. Shawn Saladin and Leila Flores are pictured assisting a patron with health questions and information during a recent flea market outreach event. The CHEP team will man a booth at the Alamo flea market on Jan. 27.|
The Community Health Education/Promotion (CHEP) team, spearheaded by the CHSHS, distributes health education and promotion information at area flea markets– otherwise known in the RGV as the pulgas–and other public gatherings.
“The goal for CHEP is to reach large groups of people who typically may not have access to information regarding diabetes, obesity, and other health problems predominately affecting the RGV community,” said Dr. John Ronnau, dean of the CHSHS. “I think people are very pleased to see UTPA have a presence within the community and doing what a college should be doing by getting more engaged. We are committed to our community responsibility.”
The CHEP team hands out information printed in English and Spanish, answers questions, and provides referrals, along with blood pressure checks and other health screenings when available. Launched in Fall 2012, the CHEP team initially set up a booth at the Alamo flea market and since then has attended various flea markets and health events in Alton, Donna, Mission, and the Sharyland Independent School District.
Leila Flores, UTPA doctoral student in rehabilitation counseling and CHEP director, said there has been an overwhelming community response.
“The feedback has been very positive and the information well received,” she said. “Everywhere people share how there is such a need for this type of information. Many of them mention they have not previously received this type of information due to busy doctors or insufficient health care and they discuss their plans to share the information with family and friends.”
The CHEP team consists of students and faculty advisors from all disciplines of the college who are dedicated to making UTPA more engaged with the community.
“It is important for the community to see UTPA not as a separate entity but rather as a committed institution, providing information and solutions for their health concerns,” Flores said.
“There are already several students from the Valley-ICAN program directly involved with CHEP,” he said.Dr. Shawn Saladin, associate dean of CHSHS and director of the Valley-ICAN program at UTPA, said he is optimistic about student involvement and the projected future of CHEP.
Valley I-CAN, which stands for Valley Independent Confident Activities Network, prepares UTPA students with a concentration in deaf rehabilitation the opportunity to become professional consultants to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals seeking full inclusion into the community.
“CHEP provides the opportunity for capstone students to gain service hours while sharing the knowledge they have acquired from their respective programs and in turn, be able to serve their communities. Ideally, we hope to increase the number of students involved,” Saladin said. “In the future, the College of Health Sciences and Human Services would have the opportunity to branch out, further cooperate with the South Texas Border Health Disparities Center and the Border Health Office, and include all disciplines and programs in the college and their student organizations.”
Ronnau said he expects the college to establish a weekly presence in the community, conduct research to obtain input from Valley residents, and identify what potential solutions can be offered.
The CHEP team will attend the Alamo flea market on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. To participate, or for more information, contact Flores at the department of rehabilitation services (956)665-7036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nov 30th, 2012 by UTPA College of Health Sciences & Human Services