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Ganduglia Cazaban, Guidry, Riggs earn UTHealth Houston President’s Awards for Leadership

Image made of three headshots (from left to right: Monica Guidry, Robin Riggs, and Cecilia Ganduglia Cazaban. (Photos and graphic by UTHealth Houston)

December 3, 2021

The 2021 recipients of the President’s Awards for Leadership at UTHealth Houston are Cecilia Ganduglia Cazaban, MD, DrPH, assistant professor with UTHealth School of Public Health; Monica K. Guidry, LCSW, ACSW, executive director of the UTHealth Houston Office of Employee Assistance and Well-Being Programs; and Robin Riggs, MSN, RN, senior nurse manager for McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston and the Nurse Triage Line at UT Physicians.


UTHealth Houston students train for a natural disaster mass casualty event

Students at the UTHealth Houston Mass Casualty Incident Training transport a

November 30, 2021

Cries for help rang out early Friday morning on Nov. 19 when a natural disaster caused a school bus to crash and topple over. As the scene played out, students from UTHealth Houston rushed into the field to render aid and appropriately triage the victims.

Thankfully, this hurricane and motor vehicle accident was just a mock scenario as part of the sixth UTHealth Houston Center for Interprofessional Collaboration Mass Casualty Incident Simulation.


Cizik School of Nursing students give back

Two students with Cizik School of Nursing and a person with West Houston Assistance Ministries put food and supplies into a vehicle.

November 9, 2021

On a recent early October morning, two students from Cizik School of Nursing at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) helped hand out food and nutrition education materials to families in an underserved neighborhood in the Westchase district of Houston.



UTHealth Houston associate professor aims to improve people’s lives in hometowns like her own

Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, pictured with her husband, Troy, and stepdaughters, Abigail and Coral. (Photo courtesy of Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD).

October 12, 2021

San Diego, Texas is a quiet two-stoplight town with a strong history in agriculture, ranching, and oil and gas. It’s the kind of place where neighbors know neighbors, and people look out for one another. It’s also a place where health disparities are visible, and the hometown of Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, PhD, an associate professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston).


UTHealth awarded nearly $10 million for public health informatics workforce development program

Photo of UTHealth building.

October 7, 2021

In order to develop a talent pipeline with individuals from diverse backgrounds in public health and data science to address future public health response, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) has been awarded a nearly $10 million cooperative agreement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).


CPRIT grant awarded to train new cancer prevention researchers

UTHealth-CPRIT Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research Training Program directors.

October 1, 2021

An innovative program that aims to increase the number of cancer prevention scientists and boost cancer health equity across the state led by experts at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) has been awarded a nearly $4 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). 





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