Texas Public Health Association (TPHA)

"Health is Every BODY's Business!"

 
                            

 


Welcome to the Texas Public Health Association

 

The Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) is a non-profit, state-wide association of public health professionals dedicated to public health in Texas.  TPHA was organized in 1923 and is an affiliate of the American Public Health Association.

Our Vision Is:       A safe and healthy Texas

Our Mission Is:    Improving the health and safety of Texas through leadership, education,
                                  training, collaboration, mentoring and advocacy.

Contact us:  Texas Public Health Association  PO Box 201540  Austin, Texas 78720-1540
                             Phone (512)336-2520; FAX (512)336-0533; Email
txpha@aol.com
 

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It is NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK!
CELEBRATE TEXAS STYLE 

Remember to thank the multitude of Public Health
Professionals keeping YOU safe everyday!

 

 

National Public Health Week: Tribute to Texas Public Health Practice

Compiled by Catherine D. Cooksley, DrPH
Editor, Texas Public Health Journal

About National Public Health Week:
First proclaimed by President Bill Clinton, National Public Health Week has been observed during the first full week of April since 1995 "to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving the public's health.". As an affiliate of the APHA who initiates this weeklong celebration across the nation, TPHA celebrates for Texas. 

In the winter, 2015 issue of the TPHJ we issued a “Call for NPHW Events” and our readers submitted the following activities taking place across Texas.  Please go check out the extraordinary public health practice efforts in your community as public health professionals and students strive to “Keep Texans Healthy”!

Texas-Statewide

Monday April 6, 2015 Statewide: NPHW Proclamations to the Governor (PDF), and to county and local officials.  For more information, contact Monica Hughes at Monica.Hughes@dshs.state.tx.us, call (512) 776-7770, or contact your local or regional health department.

Galveston, Texas

UTMB
Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health
presents the
2015 Public Health Symposium!

 
When: ‎Tuesday‎, ‎April‎ ‎7‎, ‎2015 ‎2‎:‎30‎ ‎PM – ‎5‎:‎30‎ ‎PM
Poster Session 2:30 to 4:00
Speaker 4:00 – 5:00 
Jennifer Lee, Center for Public Policy Priorities
'Making Texas the #1 State for Kids

The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranks Texas the 43rd best state to the be a kid, based on their economic well-being, education, family and community, and health. With 1 in 11 kids in the U.S. living in Texas, the ability of our state—and country—to continue to prosper depends on the health and well-being of Texas kids. Hear how our youngest Texans are faring and how we can make Texas the best state for kids.

Reception 5:00 – 6:00
Where:  William C. Levin Hall Dining Room, UTMB campus
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Galveston County Health District
: In observance of National Public Health Week,  will be honoring the extraordinary efforts and hard work of seventy (70) food establishments that assure the health and safety of the public that they serve.  These well deserving establishments will be awarded a Gold Ribbon during an evening award ceremony and reception.  As part of the award ceremony, the Health District will also acknowledge our Outstanding Public Health Heroes who go above and beyond in assisting us to successfully complete our mission and vision for the public’s health in Galveston County.  The award ceremony is scheduled for April 8th at Wayne Johnson Community Center, Carbide Park, 4102 Main Street, La Marque, Texas 77568.  A Meet and Greet Reception will start at 6:00 pm with the awards ceremony following at 6:30 pm.  The public is invited.  For more information, please call 409-938-2273 or email ExecAsst@gchd.org

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Waco, Texas

Waco-McLennan County Public Health District will provide information to showcase their services/programs in the front lobby, April 6-10, 2015.  For more information contact Courtney Restivo Wollard at courtneyr@wacotx.gov.
Monday April 6th, 10am-12pm – Environmental Health providing information on their current services
12-2pm – Immunizations/Outreach providing information on their current programs

Tuesday April 7th: Proclamation by the Waco City Council and McLennan County Commissioner’s Court.  10-2pm – WIC providing nutrition education information on building a healthy plate using Dietary Guidelines and ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Wednesday April 8th, 10-12pm – Preparedness/Epidemiology providing information on their current services.  12-2pm – Vital Statistics providing information on their current services.
Thursday April 9th,10-2pm – Health Education will be providing health screenings – blood pressure, BMI and other health information on their current programs.
Friday April 10th, 10-12pm – HIV/STD will provide rapid testing and gift cards for those who complete the test.  12-2PM – Tuberculosis Clinic providing information on their current services.
Saturday April 11th: A finale event will be held in the East Waco community, a neighborhood with known high risk for chronic disease. A Healthy Soul Food Demo and Health Fair will take place at the Doris Miller YMCA Multipurpose Center from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. The following screenings will be provided for FREE - blood pressure checks, blood glucose screening, body mass index calculator, HIV screenings and more.

Note:In the most recent community health needs assessment, we documented that chronic diseases are major health concerns in East Waco and may be due to lack of access to physical activity and healthy eating opportunities. In order to learn more about what needs to be done, we need to receive feedback from the community—from the people who live in those neighborhoods and from those who serve them —so that we can work together to develop an effective plan. The Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) method door-to-door survey was conducted on March 21st in this East Waco community to gather information on barriers to eating healthy and staying active in their community. CASPER is an epidemiologic tool designed to provide to decision-makers household-based information about an affected community’s needs quickly and in a simple format. The information from the surveys will be used to take the first steps to develop resources for promoting physical activity and healthy eating in our underserved neighborhoods.  The editorial team of the TPHJ hopes to provide our readers with more information about this important assessment.

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Austin, Texas

Austin/Travis County’s Health and Human Service Department For more information contact: Hailey Hale, Planner, Community Health Improvement Planning, Office of the Director Email:Hailey.Hale@austintexas.gov Office
(512) 972-5862, Mobile (832) 453-1133Link to Austin / Travis County Community Health Assessement and Improvement Plan.
The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department will host a display including tables full of information about public health, our department, and the services we provide in the atrium of City Hall in Austin, Texas.  We hope to talk to Council staff and other decision makers and stakeholders to increase the visibility of our department and public health in general. A large banner will be prominently displayed across the front of City Hall for the entire week.

We also plan to host display tables at two Fruit and Vegetable Fairs coordinated by our Women, Infants, and Children program in two high-need areas of Austin. In attendance will be hundreds of families participating in WIC giving us an opportunity to interact directly with them and provide information on available services from our department.

Prior to the week itself, Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioners Court will both issue proclamations declaring Public Health Week, and we will be featured on two radio interview shows to discuss public health and the services we offer.
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Texas Public Health Student group at the University of Texas of Austin is hosting Public Health Week 2015.  We invite all of the Greater Austin community to attend our

 Texas Public Health Organizational Fair at The University of Texas at Austin Gregory Gym, 2201 Speedway. For more information contact: Kristin Schiele tphpresident@gmail.com

On April 6th from 10am-2pm, Texas Public Health invites all members of the Austin community to come out for our "Kick Off" to Public Health Week 2015. On this day we will be handing out free give aways that promote public health. There will be many health related public health organizations presenting at this event to educate the public about how their organizations are involved in public health and how you can get involved.
On April 7th from 5:30-8:30 PM, we invite all members of the Austin community to come out to our annual Career Fair. Local organizations and companies will come out to recruit those interested in working in public health related careers. It's an event for those in the UT community who are interested in gaining public health experience as well as making a difference in the area.
On April 8th from 6pm-9pm, we will showcase amazing performances representing countries from around the world. Then we will focus on the public health projects going on in each of the seven continents. This night is both entertaining and fun, with food from a wide variety of countries, a silent auction benefitting END7, and quality performances from UT Austin student organizations. 
On April 9th from 10am-2pm, Texas Public Health presents its fourth and final day of Public Health Week, Carnival Day! We invite all members of the Austin community to come out and enjoy fun health-focused games, win prizes like yoga baskets and free groceries, and experience the benefits of free health screenings! We will be hosting skin cancer screening tents, HIV screening tents, a blood drive, a mobile mind and body center, and more! It's an event for every Austinite with booths focusing on mental health, physical health, nutritional health, global health, and more! Check out our website @
http://www.texaspublichealth.org/for more information. See you there!

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The Texas Department of State Health Services
Monday April 6, 2015
Statewide:
NPHW Proclamations to the Governor (PDF), and to county and local officials.
For more information, contact Monica Hughes at
Monica.Hughes@dshs.state.tx.us,
call (512) 776-7770, or contact your local or regional health department.

·         Health Service Region 2/3:

Physical Activity Poster Contest, “Your Favorite Things To Do Outside”. Poster contest for all 4th graders in Health Service Region 2/3. Contest Headquarters is 1301 South Bowen, Suite 200, Arlington, TX 76013.

For more information, contact Sam Savala at sam.savala@dshs.state.tx.us or call (817) 264-4553.

Tuesday April 7, 2015

·         University of Texas School of Public Health (texaspublichealth.org):
Texas Public Health Career Fair: 5:30pm -8:30pm, UT Austin SAC Ballroom
For more information, contact: Hemangi Patel at
tphvpfinance@gmail.com.

·         Sustainable Food Center:

East Austin Community Farmer’s Market: 3pm - 7pm, 2921 E. 17th St, Bldg. B, Austin, TX 78702

For more information, contact Joy Casnovosky at joy@sustainablefoodcenter.org, or call (512) 220-1082.

·         Health Service Region 4/5N:
Dedication of a new Regional headquarters facility. Dedication will include DSHS leadership from Austin, local elected leadership from the City of Tyler and Smith County, local public health partners and key regional stakeholders in the business and school communities.
For more information, contact Teresa Hubbell at
Teresa.Hubbell@dshs.state.tx.us or call (903) 595-3585.

·         Health Service Region 9/10: TB Trainings in El Paso (with The Binational TB Program and Heartland National TB Center of San Antonio):
TB Infection Diagnosis and Treatment: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
For more information, contact Lupe Gonzalez at
Lupe.Gonzalez@dshs.state.tx.us.

·         Health Service Region 11 :
Drive-Through Vaccine Clinics in Starr, Kleberg, Alice, and Willacy Counties.
For more information, contact Sylvia Garces-Hobbes at (956) 421-5508.

Wed April 8, 2015

  • DSHS Central Office:
  • DSHS Grand Rounds presentation entitled “The Texas Ebola Experience: Lessons Learned”.  The presentation will take place from 11:00-12:30 in the DSHS Lecture Hall at 1100 West 49th Street, Austin. Faculty for this presentation will be Wendy Chung. MD, Chief Epidemiologist Dallas County Health Department; Grace Kubin, Ph.D., Director Laboratory Services, DSHS; and Jeff Hoogheem, Deputy Director, Community Preparedness, DSHS.

Sustainable Food Center:

  • Triangle Park Community Farmer’s Market: 3pm - 7pm, 46th and Lamar at Triangle Park, Austin, TX 78702
  • For more information, contact Joy Casnovosky at joy@sustainablefoodcenter.org, or call (512) 220-1082.
  • University of Texas School of Public Health (texaspublichealth.org)
  • Journey Around the World: Global Health Night, University of Texas at Austin Campus. A beautiful showcase of performances from around the world, international health topic discussions, and cultural food vendors.
  • Health Service Region 9/10: TB Trainings in El Paso (with The Binational TB Program and Heartland National TB Center of San Antonio):
    TB skin test practicum. Three separate 2-hour sessions will be held, in English, Bilingual, and in Spanish. This training will be available to public health providers in Mexico (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) as well as to the Panel Physicians and their clinical staff from the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez).
    For more information, contact Lupe Gonzalez at
    Lupe.Gonzalez@dshs.state.tx.us.
  • Health Service Region 11:
    Girl & Boy Scout Badge Project. Topics include Health Hygiene, Environmental Health, Disaster Preparedness, Zoonosis, and Communicable Disease.
    For more information, contact Sylvia Garces-Hobbes at (956) 421-5508.

Thurs. April 9, 2015

·         The Office of Minority Health: Evolution of Minority Health in America Minority Health Month Lunch and Learn 12:00pm – 1:00pm, DSHS Moreton Building Room 653
To register, or for more information, contact
CEDD@hhhsc.state.tx.us.

·         University of Texas School of Public Health (texaspublichealth.org):
Texas Public Health Career Fair: 5:30pm -8:30pm, UT Austin SAC Ballroom
For more information, contact: Hemangi Patel at
tphvpfinance@gmail.com.

 

·         Health Service Region 11:
Drive-Through Vaccine Clinics in Starr, Kleberg, Alice, and Willacy Counties.
For more information, contact Sylvia Garces-Hobbes at (956) 421-5508.

Friday April 10, 2015

·         Health Service Region 11:
NPHW 5K, Employee Public Health Hat Day, Dog Walk and Luncheon.
For more information, contact Sylvia Garces-Hobbes at (956) 421-5508.

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abstracts

Our 91st Annual Education Conference was a huge success! Many thanks to our presenters, organizers and exhibitors.
Click the meeting graphic to the right to check out abstracts from the presentations that our attendees had the privilege

of learning from.

 

 

          

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be the venue you choose, to publish your important public health work! Submit manuscripts of

original public health research or programs for expert peer review! Please see the revised

guidelines on our JOURNAL page
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