Salud y Saludos
Salud y SaludosJanuary 2013
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From the Dean's Desk
Social Work
Occupational Therapy
Public Health Sciences
Warmth of the Heart
Future Health Professional
New Building 
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February 17, 2013
March 9, 2013
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From the Dean's Desk 
Dean Curtis

With the beginning of the new year, we once again have the opportunity to reenergize our plans for healthy nutrition, more physical activity and better stress reduction. Web sites from the CDC to Huffington Post have weighed in on the Best Healthy New Year's Resolutions for 2013. Changing habits is hard, but never possible if you don't start. Now in the middle of flu season, we are passing around the hand sanitizer and being extra careful to keep our hands clean.


After reviewing all the expert opinions, I have decided on a few healthy resolutions of my own, including fostering a healthy environment and healthy habits for our university community; keeping the piles of papers in my office more under control; supporting healthy food outlets in our local community; committing and sticking to an exercise schedule; as well as sitting less and making more time for fun.


A great opportunity for UTEP students, our Minority Health International Research Training Program has extended its application deadline to February 11, 2013. Funded by the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH-NIMHD), the MHIRT program supports both undergraduate and graduate trainees in basic sciences, clinical, biomedical, health, and behavioral sciences to participate in mentored research experiences in international settings focused on Hispanic health disparities. Approximately 10 students will be chosen to participate in the Summer 2013 activities in Ecuador, Costa Rica and our newest site, Panama. Applications are available on the program website:


I am incredibly proud of the accomplishments of our award-winning faculty, staff and students that you can read about below. They are making a huge difference in our community, contributing valuable research in their professional fields and providing a great model for all.


Finally, a big welcome to the world to our newest Miner, Aria Mariko Ferraro (read below). 


Wishing you a happy and healthy 2013!  



Student Health Center's New Year's Resolution  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza has become widespread in the United States. El Paso has also seen an unusually high number of flu cases and the outbreak is forecasted to begin in January and end in March. As for the University of Texas at El Paso Student Health Center (UTEP SHC), 40% of students tested for flu-like symptoms have tested positive for the flu.


The SHC has offered the influenza vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students since the beginning of the 2012-2013 Influenza season and is well prepared to immunize those who have not yet received their vaccine.


The Student Health Center's goal is to provide the UTEP community with opportunities to receive the influenza vaccine and more specifically to increase the proportion of students who report receiving influenza vaccine in the last 12 months, in alignment with the Healthy Campus 2020-Student Objectives.


Health insurance covers the cost of the influenza vaccine for students, faculty and staff. However, faculty and staff will be required to pay $20.00 out-of-pocket for the vaccine and have the option of submitting the claim to their third party insurance for reimbursement. Faculty and staff also have the option to go to their health care provider or facility of their choice. The cost for the vaccine for students without health insurance is $20.00.


The UTEP Student Health Center is available for questions at 915-747-5624. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 4:00pm, and Friday, 8:00am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 4:00pm.


UTEP Student Health Center Staff.  Top row: Louise Castro, Director; Estella Salcido, Nurse Practitioner.  Bottom row:  Ceci Rosales, RN; Jacquelyn Navarrete, Pharmacist-in-Charge; Jackie Potts, RN



APhA Immunization Champion Award  

Dr. Jacquelyn Navarrete, Clinical Assistant Professor with the UTEP/UT Austin Cooperative Pharmacy Program has been selected as the National Winner recipient of the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Immunization Champion Award-Partnership. Over 80 nominations were received from across the nation.


The award will be presented to Dr. Navarrete at the APhA 2013 Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.  She will receive the Crystal Award and an honorarium of $500.


Dr. Navarrete's collaboration with an interdisciplinary team has provided a valuable model to increase HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination rates for other student health centers and their pharmacies.  Addressing prevention is critical as college students begin to make their own decisions about health and wellness. The efforts the Student Health Center and clinical pharmacist/faculty have made to address HPV vaccination in this susceptible population is a model for other student health centers and their pharmacies around the country.Under Dr. Navarrete's leadership, the Student Health Center has provided surveys to the university population to assess gaps in knowledge and what information the university students are seeking.  The Student Health Center staff is starting to provide presentations to sororities and fraternities on the UTEP Campus about the benefits of HPV vaccination.



Research by Social Work Faculty 
Dr. Mark Lusk Dr. Mark Lusk and Dr. Sam Terrazas from the Department of Social Work have been awarded $22,000 to study Secondary Trauma among Caregivers of Mexican Refugees and Migrants by the Hispanic Health Disparities Research Center. They will interview mental health professionals and lDr. Samuel Terrazasay care providers who work with survivors of severe trauma who have been victimized by violence,   torture, extortion, kidnapping and other injuries suffered in the violence in Mexico. This builds on previous research on trauma among the survivors themselves by illuminating the extent and nature of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue among those who work with and treat this population.  
Moya, Eva Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious, preventable public health problem that affects milions of Americans. Interventions that teach young people and adults skills to prevent violence are essential. Minority women and immigrants are particularly vulnerable to IPV and are often afraid to report acts of IPV. Culturally and linguistically-competent approaches to addressing IPV and reproductive health and training of promotoras is relevant to many communities throughout the U.S.The goal of the project is to stop IPV before it begins.


The primary motivator for this community-based participatory research project is the paucity of literature on the intersection between gender, IPV, sexual and reproductive health risks, migration and the role of promotoras on U.S.-Mexico border. The study will identify the effects of intimate domestic violence (mental and physical) in sexual and reproductive health in migrant populations through focus groups and develop a cultural and linguistic module to train 20 promotoras (community health workers) to conduct community outreach in underserved communities. Project team: Eva Moya, PhD, LMSW (PI); Silvia Chavez-Baray, PhD (Coordinator); Daniel Sivadoray (RA); Maria Covernally and Frank Desalles (Master Trainers Familias Triunfadoras, Inc.)


Occupational Therapy in 2013 

The Occupational Therapy Program held their spring faculty retreat before the start of the Spring semester. They have resolved in 2013 to raise the bar of Occupational Therapy education in the state of Texas to establish comprehensive evaluations at two points in the curriculum. The goal with the comprehensive evaluations is to improve retention of students in the program, assist students in making the connections between content across the curriculum, improve student performance on clinical fieldwork rotations, and improve performance on the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam after graduation.



Public Health Professor Presents at Four Conferences 

Mangadu, Thenral Thenral Mangadu, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences has abstracts selected for three podium and two poster presentations at four conferences in spring 2013. Dr. Mangadu will be presenting at the 2013 Border Learning Conference in El Paso, TX, the 32nd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience (FYE) in Orlando, FL in February 2013, The Texas Public Health Association Annual Education Conference (TPHA) in San Antonio, TX in March, 2013 and, The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) 64th annual conference in Orlando, FL in April 2013. These interdisciplinary research presentations will address the UTEP priority research areas of health, global enterprise and education for the 21st century demographic. The titles of the presentations are: (1)"Global Learning Communities: Using First-Year Seminars to Traverse Global and Multicultural Borders", (2)"In Their Own Words: Positive Deviance Strategies of Successful High-Risk Students" (3) Planting seeds for social support while growing food: Psychosocial Outcomes from Community Gardens in Texas-Mexico Border Communities., (4) Addressing Regional Barriers to Maternal and Child Health in Texas-Mexico Border Communities: Lessons learned from a Grassroots Interdisciplinary Approach in El Paso, Texas and (5)"Transforming Child, Community and School Health in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region through Participatory Approaches: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from four Pilot Community Garden Projects". The discussions will cover program evaluation research findings related to child and community health outcomes from local community gardens, interdisciplinary approaches to improving TX-MX border perinatal health, positive deviance strategies for college success among high-risk UTEP students and, the role of UTEP global learning communities in transcending multicultural borders to foster learning and global citizenship. Dr. Mangadu will be co-presenting with researchers from the UTEP Entering Student Program and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, El Paso. Sandra Bejarano, a DPHS MPH student will be the co-presenter at the SOPHE 2013 conference. "I am very excited to present the results of the HEAL Community Gardens evaluation with Dr. Mangadu at the SOPHE National Conference" says Bejarano, who explained that working as a research assistant on the project has taught her "important skills that will bring more [professional development] opportunities in the near future".



The Kinesiology department sent two faculty members and nine students to the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Convention in Galveston, Texas. Among the students, Kathryn Jimenez, Tara Kutzman-Flores, Cynthia Coronado, and Yvonne Carrillo presented on partnership events with Lincoln Middle School and Arkansas Tech. Kathy Vasquez was announced as a scholarship award recipient and Martin Arvizuo was elected among his peers as the student representative for TAHPERD. All students, including Gilbert Mena, Isaac Oliva, and Travis Gutierrez, were voting delegates at the representative assembly for TAHPERD, alongside faculty Roina Baquera and Nancy Torres who serve on the College Preparation Committee. This was a great showing for UTEP!


Lincoln Middle School and the UTEP Kinesiology Club is holding their annual Hoops for Heart event on February 27 and 28 in the gymnasium during physical education classes. Students from Lincoln write letters in their physical education class to UTEP Kinesiology students asking for donations for the American Heart Association and cardiovascular research.


Warmth of the Heart 

The College of Health Sciences Community Affairs Committee, led by Dr. Margie Padilla, wishes to express its deep felt gratitude to all who participated in the holiday blanket drive. Due to your generosity, we were able to gather a total of 94 blankets which were delivered to the Rescue Mission of El Paso. The blankets were donated by faculty and staff from the UTEP College of Health Sciences and School of Nursing.  Next year we hope to collect 150 blankets so keep your warm holiday spirit in your hearts throughout the year and purchase a blanket anytime you can to keep others warm at the end of the year. Thanks again and happy 2013 to all.


Future Health Professional 
Aria M. Ferraro

Aria Mariko Ferraro was born on January 11, 2013 at 12:13pm. She weighed 7lbs 12.9oz and was 19.7in in length.


Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Ferraro, Physical Therapy Clinical Assistant Professor.