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Engaging Community Partners

Center for Population Health and Aging (CPHA)

CPHA promotes population health and successful aging through innovations in research, education, and practice that examine social, behavioral, economic, environmental, and technological solutions linking academic and real-world clinical and community settings. CPHA works with community partners in promoting health and wellness programs, chronic disease prevention and management, building healthy communities, and exploring interactions between health, aging, and technology.

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Center for Community Health Development (CCHD)

CCHD increases the capacity of communities to improve population health utilizing a community health development approach. CCHD’s research team partners with communities to formally assess health in their communities, identify priorities, develop strategies to address their priorities, and evaluate the effectiveness of these strategies when implemented. The center’s community-based projects have focused on a broad range of issues, including access to care, cancer screening and treatment, access to healthy food, affordable transportation services, access to mental health services, and childhood obesity.

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PHield Trips

A chance to meet, learn, and network with real world Public Health Professionals without having to pay anything! PHield Trips are designed to provide any SPH student the experience of meeting with and hearing from practitioners in the public health arena.

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Industry Partnerships

The Departments of Environmental Health and Safety has cultivated strong industry partnerships, with leaders from various industries serving on the Industrial Advisory Board ensuring faculty are aware of the training students need in an ever-changing competitive workforce.

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Prevention & Intervention

National Community Health Worker Training Center (NCHWTC)

The NCHWTC is a Department of State Health Services certified Community Health Worker (CHW) training center that provides CHW and CHW Instructor certifications and continuing education units in-person and online, in English and Spanish. As a component of the Center for Community Health Development, the training center focuses on community capacity building through training well-equipped CHWs and promotores. Available training topics include cancer prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship, tobacco cessation, fall prevention, and diabetes prevention.

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Adolescent Tobacco Cessation Program

Dr. Brian Colwell and his research partners have developed an intervention used in virtually every Texas county over the past decade targeting tobacco cessation among adolescents. Originally designed as a voluntary program, the curriculum was modified to accommodate a Texas law passed in 1997 that required youth caught in possession of tobacco products to complete a mandatory tobacco awareness program.

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Active for Life Workshops

Programs on fall risk reduction and chronic disease self-management are two examples of the many Active for Life® programs the Center for Population Health and Aging offers in various parts of the state. Active for Life workshops are evidence-based health and wellness programs that empower adults to actively manage their conditions and take the steps necessary to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

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Program on Asthma Research and Education (PARE)

The PARE facilitates environmental research and education focused on asthma, addressing underserved and minority populations and recognizing the influence that poverty, disproportionate environmental exposures and lack of medical insurance have on those populations. The PARE maximizes its impact on asthma outcomes through a dual approach based on prevention research and in-home technical interventions with personalized behavioral education for the family.

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Research

Southwest Rural Health Center (SRHRC)

The SRHRC is one of only nine federally funded research centers by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The center focuses on conducting policy relevant research on meeting the needs of special rural populations, minority populations and health disparities (including border populations), and rural systems building.

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Resilient Communities Initiative

RCI research focuses on the health effects from the nexus of hazardous substance exposure, environmental conditions, and natural and anthropogenic hazards within vulnerable communities. Community members are included throughout the life of most of RCI research projects, strengthening both the research findings and community awareness and resilience around environmental issues.

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Built Environment Research

Some communities lack bike lanes, sidewalks and other infrastructure needed to encourage safe outdoor exercise. Improving the built environment in these communities should improve physical activity among residents, leading to improved health.

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Volunteerism

EpiAssist

EpiAssist is a student volunteer group that provides students with the opportunity to gain applied public health experience by assisting in Texas with outbreak investigations, disasters and emergencies, community health assessments, and other projects. To date, they have over logged 4,000+ hours in service to the state of Texas.

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Health and Wellness Student Ambassadors

Students work with the school’s Health and Wellness Committee to enhance the health and wellness of the faculty, staff and students.  Ambassadors represent the committee at research, recruiting, outreach and interprofessional education events.

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Public Health Scholars

The Public Health Scholars program rewards public health students for what they are already doing outside the classroom. The Public Health Scholars Program awards qualifying students with a bronze, silver, or gold medal for their achievements. The level of medallion awarded is based on total points earned through the student’s time at the School of Public Health.

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Volunteer Opportunities

SPH often receives requests from various public health organizations to advertise volunteer opportunities to our students. These volunteer options are not required and their oversight occurs with the respective organization. Click below for a list of current volunteer requests.

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