Improving Vaccination Rates within the Houston Independent School District: Closing the Vaccination Gap
The project will study the vaccination rates of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children across eight low-performing Houston schools and identify effective methods for improving low vaccination rates.
Susan Wootton, M.D., associate professor of pediatric infectious diseases at the Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) McGovern Medical School, will collaborate with the UTHealth School of Public Health, UTHealth School of Nursing, Baylor College of Medicine and the City of Houston Department of Health and Human Services.
Developing a Multi-Institutional Collaborative Policy for Zika
Researchers will study the recent rise of Zika by identifying areas in the health care system that impede testing, caring for and advising patients about Zika. Based on their findings, they will develop policy proposals for more effective Zika response throughout the TMC, the City of Houston and Harris County.
Stephanie Morain, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical ethics and health policy at Baylor College of Medicine, will be joined by experts from Texas Children’s Hospital, UTHealth and Ben Taub General Hospital-Harris Health System.
Go, Slow, Whoa! Utilizing a Food Labeling System to Make “Healthy” the Easy Choice
This initiative aims to promote healthier food choices by working with 10 local corner stores to implement a simple yet effective red-yellow-green nutritional labeling system. The project seeks to address the education gap in nutrition in minority groups and low-income communities.
E. Lisako J. McKyer, Ph.D., associate professor and associate dean of Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health, will partner with researchers from Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Policies and Practices Addressing Medical and Mental Health Needs for Children in Foster Care
The project will examine the medical and mental health of children in the greater Houston area foster care system, and evaluate the policies that affect their care. Researchers will use their research to provide recommendations that can improve long-term outcomes.
Christopher Greeley, M.D., professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, will partner with researchers from UTHealth McGovern Medical School, Texas Children’s Hospital and Rice University.