April 18, 2008
  News Brief

SPH Baby Drive

SPH holds baby shower for needy mothers
From disposable diapers to bibs, ibuprofen to formula, students, staff and faculty members generously contributed to the Public Health Student Association’s first baby shower benefiting the Fort Worth/Dallas Birthing Project. Lori Saunders, administrative specialist at the School of Public Health, helped organize the drive to collect baby items for new mothers who may not have the means to buy everything a new baby needs. Kim Parrish-Perkins graciously accepted the gifts on behalf of the new mothers, then joined the UNTHSC family for cake.

“You don’t know how thoughtful gifts like ibuprofen and gas drops are to these new moms,” Perkins pointed out. “Many agencies and services don’t supply vouchers for non-prescription medicines, and these items are really appreciated.”

Cowtown Cruisin' check presentation

Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure supports UNTHSC cancer research
Organizers presented a check for $10,000 to support the cancer research of Dr. Andras Lacko, professor of molecular biology and immunology. Each year the Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure car show donates all of its proceeds to support research and treatment of prostate cancer. So far the organization has donated $35,500 to UNTHSC and Dr. Lacko’s research. Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Thomas Yorio, executive vice president for academic affairs and research; Terry Mann, Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure board member; Scott McConnell, president of the Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure board of directors; Dr. Scott Ransom, UNTHSC president; Chris Goetz, founder of Cowtown Cruisin’ for a Cure; Dr. Walter McConathy; and Dr. Andras Lacko.

Dr. Thomas C. Dolan

Forum addresses U.S. health system
On April 15, the School of Public Health hosted its first North Texas Health Forum featuring Dr. Thomas C. Dolan, president and chief executive officer of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Dr. Dolan discussed “A Better U.S. Health System: Is There an Answer?” including issues with the U.S. health care system, the financial status of the system and future challenges.  

As Dr. Dolan’s presentation title indicates, there may be no clear answer to the health issues facing our country, as well as the rest of the world. He suggested that the responsibility for becoming a healthier nation rests on our individual shoulders. According to Dr. Dolan, the biggest health care issue today is obesity, which leads to diabetes, heart disease and other serious ailments.

Deadline extended for Health Disparities Conference abstracts
Abstract submissions for the Third Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities are now due by Wednesday, April 30. Submissions will be part of a poster presentation on May 29. The poster presentation is an opportunity to share research, promote joint research projects, and increase the community’s awareness of health disparities.

New UNT Health Physician Referral Guide available
The handy guide lists all UNT Health physicians by specialty and includes their contact information. To get a copy of the referral guide, contact Randy Sachs at ext. 0343.

New issue of North Texas Health and Science hot off the presses
The Winter/Spring issue of the magazine features our collaborative cancer research, the Physical Medicine Institute and news from all over UNTHSC. The quarterly magazine, produced by the Office of Marketing and Communication, is available online, or request a copy by sending a message to news@hsc.unt.edu.

Postage rate increases on May 12
The upcoming postal rate change includes increased rates based on weight and shape of the mail piece. The U.S. Postal Service will return mail if it does not meet physical standards. More information on postal rates can be found on our intranet, on the U.S. Postal Services Web site, or by contacting UNTHSC Mail Services at ext. 2219.
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