Community Health

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Addressing Obesity in Hispanic Communities

Hispanics make up almost half of Houston’s population but are underrepresented in clinical research. Natalie Rosario is exploring obesity-related health issues specific to these communities.

By Cory Thaxton
Young woman checking her glucose level with the new monitoring system.

Making Blood Sugar Monitoring More Efficient

A new medical device will allow for continuous blood sugar monitoring in diabetic patients.

By Sarah F. Hill
Student working on school assignment.

Helping Students with Dyslexia

Kristi Santi, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences, and her research team are partnering with Houston area school districts to work with students with dyslexia.

By Cory Thaxton
Lady Doing Mindfulness Practice.

Using Qigong to Improve Quality of Life in Caregivers

An Eastern meditative practice is putting a new population at ease in Houston. Caregivers of Houstonians with cancer often do not seek help, even though they may experience the same levels of stress as the cancer patients themselves. Research indicates that...

By Sarah F. Hill
Doctor and Patient.

Assessing the Effects of COVID-19 in Pediatric Care Facilities

Before the COVID-19 pandemic started, the chief of critical care at Texas Children’s Hospital reached out to the University of Houston to conduct a “needs assessment” for Baylor College of Medicine faculty who are staffed in...

By Cory Thaxton
Stop Sign in Flooded Waters

Surveying Residents in Perceived Versus Actual Flood Risk Areas

Flood mitigation and ongoing severe storm recovery in Houston takes its toll on communities throughout the region, especially those that are historically neglected. Understanding how individuals and communities cope with natural disasters and perceive risks can help shape important decisions made by government.

By Sarah F. Hill
Professor meeting with elderly resident of nursing home.

“Story-Catching” to Improve Depression

Could talking about their lives help alleviate depression in the elderly living in Houston nursing home facilities? One UH professor decided to "catch" their stories.

By Sarah F. Hill
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Trapping the COVID Virus with Air Filter Coatings

While scientists across the globe rushed to contain the virus that causes COVID-19, a physicist at University of Houston began trapping virus particles with an inexpensive, hydrophobic coating on air filters – and cleaning recirculated air in Houston buildings.

By Sarah F. Hill
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Studying COVID-19 Response on Nurses’ Well-Being and Work Outcomes

COVID-19 has affected the entire world since its discovery in 2019, but how has the virus impacted those closest to it every day? Nurses have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in hospitals all over the world, including the vast medical landscape of the Greater Houston region.

By Cory Thaxton
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Coaching Nurses in Palliative Care

"Julia" is a mannequin helping UH nurses to learn how to care for patients at the end of life.

By Sarah F. Hill
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Predicting the Spread of COVID-19

In a situation such as COVID-19, there are many variables that affect communities, including the lingering impact of other disasters. Now, thanks to UH researchers, policymakers can better predict who is most vulnerable based on a series of mapped factors.

By Sarah F. Hill

Recording Life Stories for Posterity and to Treat Depression

Life Review is the name given to taking a specific kind of personal history of the life lead by adults with mild dementia and others as they look back at their life. Houston-area residents of long-term care facilities and in the community are visited by caregivers trained in Life Review by Cheryl Brohard, professor of nursing.

By Sarah F. Hill
Refinery emitting clouds of smoke.

Improving Air Quality

There are patterns in the way pollution affects our city. In Houston, emissions from the petrochemical refineries, power plants and transportation can be taken by wind out over the Bay and Gulf in the morning. They cook there and when the winds reverse, are blown back in only to sit over the city of Houston later in the day. The calm winds and clear skies a few days after a spring or fall cold front blows in can also ignite a bad ozone day.

By Sarah F. Hill
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Healing Through Art During the Pandemic

Can creating art be a cathartic and healing activity in the wake of such social upheaval? The University of Houston Blaffer Art Museum explores this very question through a localized lens.

By Sarah F. Hill
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Educating About Prescription Drug Misuse in Harris County

Opioid addiction is a terrible crisis in our country today – one that the Prescription Drug Misuse Education and Research (PREMIER) Center at University of Houston is working hard to combat.

By Sarah F. Hill
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Identifying Treatment Gaps for Patients with Opioid Use Disorder

Pharmacists are refusing to fill very important medications that might offset the deaths from Opioid Use Disorder in Harris and surrounding counties. A UH professor is working on the problem -- offering both compassion and medication managment.

By Sarah F. Hill
An Asian adult and child stand outside.

Caregiving and Cultural Identity

Some Vietnamese who were young children in 1975 during the fall of Saigon are now middle-aged adults, living as refugees in Houston. These same adults are caring for elderly parents as culture dictates...

By Sarah F. Hill
Masked doctor looking at CT scans.

Cutting Edge Developments in X-Ray and CT Scans

A UH professor studies how to make medical scans clearer for doctors and patients.

By Sarah F. Hill
Elderly African American/Black woman sitting at a table alone.

Addressing Social Needs of Older Adults During COVID-19

A survey examining disaster recovery in Houston and Harris County’s minority aging population is telling of a demographic that needs more support.

By Sarah F. Hill
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Improving Air Quality with Electric Vehicles

There are many days in Houston when the air quality negatively affects those with asthma and other respiratory problems. And as the city population explodes over the next 20 years, pollution is expected to increase as much as 80% across the Greater Houston area.

By Lindsay Lewis
Doctor with patient.

Cultivating Trust in Houston Healthcare

With one of the nation’s biggest underprivileged areas, Houston’s economically disadvantaged residents harbor a deep mistrust of the healthcare system.

By Rene Cantu†

Partnering to Treat Serious Mental Illness

Throughout Houston’s diverse communities, there are many people suffering from serious mental illness. A number of these individuals may be homeless, may not have access to treatment, may have had a prior negative treatment experience or may not be able to afford treatment at all. They often end up in the emergency room or, worse, jail.

By Lindsay Lewis
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Starting at the Molecular Level

UH chemistry professor Scott Gilbertson is researching the tiniest matter in order to make biomedical discoveries of drugs that may one day cure cancer, depression and addiction.

By Sarah F. Hill
An elderly man sitting alone in a dark room.

Telephoning to Treat Depression in Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

Since the pandemic began, depression and dementia have become even larger problems – especially among older adults living in long-term care facilities – due to isolation. A UH professor is studying this demographic.

By Sarah F. Hill
Person confined in dark place.

Stepping Up to Reduce Justice System Involvement for Individuals with Mental Illness

Individuals with mental illness in counties across the U.S. often find themselves in situations or conflicts that land them in jail. Fort Bend County, Texas is no different. And like many jurisdictions, Fort Bend Country does not always have the resources and coordination needed to identify, assess and treat these individuals. So, they sit in jail, and often, more than once.

By Lindsay Lewis