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Health educator demonstrates glucose testing.

Diabetes education classes reach out to colonia residents

The Coastal Bend Health Education Center travels to low-income "colonias" to provide diabetes education.

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Children’s perspectives on fighting obesity in one of the poorest counties in the U.S.

Imagine streets lined with litter, speeding cars, unleashed dogs and dark streets after sunset.  These are the neighborhoods of the Texas-Mexico Border Colonias where childhood obesity among Mexican-American children

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Childhood Hunger

Sharkey identifies high rate of childhood hunger among Mexican-origin families in Texas border colonias

A recent study, lead by Joseph Sharkey, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, shows alarming rates of child hunger among children of Mexican immigrants.

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Program for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities receives federal contract to improve health, reduce disparities in South Texas colonias

Program for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities receives federal contract to improve health, reduce disparities in South Texas colonias

The Program for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health recently was awarded a Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) contract of $148,000 annually for five years.

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Graduate describes rates of child food insecurity in Mexican-origin families in Texas border colonias

Courtney Nalty, M.S.P.H., graduate of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health epidemiology department and data coordinator for the Program for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities, recently was the lead author on an article that described the rates of child food insecurity in Mexican-origin families in Texas border colonias.

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Researchers emphasize empowerment of promotora-researchers in community-based projects

Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health researchers emphasize the empowerment of promotora-researchers in community-based projects in a recent study.

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Graduate publishes study on injury prevention training in colonias

Norma I. Garza, M.P.H., a recent graduate of the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health, has a study published in the Texas Public Health Journal on the impact that injury prevention training has on low-income families and unintentional childhood injuries.

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Dr. Sharkey awarded grant for border nutrition and obesity project

Dr. Sharkey awarded grant for border nutrition and obesity project

Joseph R. Sharkey, Ph.D., M.P.H., RD, professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health and founding director of the Program for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities, was recently awarded $140,000 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Research Center program for a two-year Texas Border Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network project (TxBNOPRE).

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Researchers emphasize repertoires, innovative practices by women in colonias to prepare meals

(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Hispanic women living in U.S. colonias along the Texas-Mexico border face a high incidence of food insecurity and diet-related chronic disease as a result of their environment. In a recent article for the International Journal for Equity in Health, researchers from the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health emphasized the cultural repertoires and innovative practices employed by women residents of colonias to prepare meals under harsh conditions.

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