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The good news can be hard to keep up with at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston. We have included as much as we can in the latest online issue of Cizik Nursing magazine
Patients will benefit for years to come from our faculty’s innovations in preparing nursing students. One team developed a case study on population health and social determinants of health that the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is sharing with schools across the nation as a part of its Essentials Toolkit. Another is using a state grant to pilot a support program for nursing preceptors in local hospitals, and a third is collaborating with clinical partners to prepare high school students for health care careers.
We also celebrate the outstanding success and dedication of our faculty members. Congratulations to Chao Hsing Yeh, PhD, RN, FAAN, who will be inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society’s International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame this summer. Allison Edwards, DrPH, MS, RN, CNE, is using a recent AACN award to raise awareness of the need for disabilities education, and Amy Blok, DNP, CRNA, tells us about a trip to Guatemala that got her hooked on medical missions.
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioners have an important role to play in helping fulfill the tremendous need for providers in Texas and across the nation. The statistics on unmet needs are sobering, and Cizik School of Nursing is preparing students on the PMNHP track of our DNP program for plentiful job opportunities.
I am also delighted that you can read these stories and more about our students, faculty, research, and career opportunities on our brand new website. Kudos to our staff who worked many hundreds of hours to build it.
I am truly humbled to lead a team that is making such impressive contributions to nursing education, practice, and discovery. Watch for more good news in our next issue!

Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, RN, PHNA-BC, FSAHM, FAAN
The Jane and Robert Cizik Distinguished Chair
Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair in Nursing Education Leadership
Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston