Events & News

Dec. 5, 2019
UH College of Education Professor to Lead American School Health Association
Kayce Solari Williams, U-HAND Education Program Director, was recently elected president of the American School Health Association. Beginning her new role Jan. 1, Williams said her top priority is to advocate for policies that create healthier, more supportive environments in schools across the nation. 
Nov. 1, 2019
Third Pilot Announcement
Dr. Lorraine Reitzel and Dr. Lorna McNeill, UHAND Principal Investigators, in collaboration with MD Anderson’s Duncan Family Institute, are excited to announce that Dr. Guang Peng (Associate Professor at MD Anderson) and Dr. XinLi Liu (Associate Professor at the University of Houston) will lead UHAND’s third pilot study titled “Novel Formulation of Synthetic Retinoid for Chemoprevention.” 
Fall 2018
UH Students Study Health Abroad

Professor Kayce Solari Williams was interviewed regarding the trip she co-led for UH students to go study abroad to the Dominican Republic to learn about global health. They took backpacks filled with much needed and appreciated medical supplies to a source-poor community.


Fall 2018
Powerhouse Team Fights Cancer

UHAND was featured in the University of Houston Magazine, The Health Issue, highlighting Scholars Krystal Christopher, Chisom Odoh and Dr. Reitzel. Read about what inspired them to make a difference!

Fall 2018
Tackling Obesity, Food Insecurity and Poor Nutrition

ESI Dr Hernandez’s Research is featured in the University of Houston Magazine, The Health Issue. She speaks about financial and geographical barriers that limit access to healthy food.

Internal Advisory Committee

Left to right:

Dr. Sharon Giordano

Dr. Robert McPherson

Dr. Elizabeth Travis

Dr. Lorraine Reitzel

Dr. Lorna McNeill

Dr. Ezemenari Obasi

Dr. Dan O'Connor

Dr. Sanjay Shete

Dr. Stephen J. Spann

11th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved


TMC News, August 21, 2018
MD Anderson and UH Partner to Tackle Cancer Health Disparities
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Houston (UH) recently announced the launch of a new multidisciplinary partnership to address cancer health disparities among black and Hispanic populations in the city.
Houston Chronicle, August 12, 2018
Diversity is a priority in new cancer fight
Houston Chronicle, August 6, 2018
Collaboration aims to curb cancer in Houston's black and Hispanic communities
A new collaboration between University of Houston and the MD Anderson Cancer Center aims to reduce cancer rates among black and Hispanic residents of Houston while also training young minority scholars in the fields of science and medicine.
The Daily Cougar, November 1, 2017
Cancer research aims to break down racial barriers to health

For chair of the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences at the University of Houston College of Education Lorraine Reitzel, it is important to promote diversity in science.


UH has formed a collaboration, known as U-HAND, with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to create a program to reduce cancer disparities. Reitzel is one of the partnership directors.

Cancer Frontline, October 11, 2017
Research training programs to address cancer disparities among minorities

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., and will claim the lives of an estimated 600,920 in this country in 2017, according to the American Cancer Society. While the disease impacts all races and ethnicities, it doesn’t do so equally.

University of Houston News & Events, October 11, 2017
Expanding the Pipeline for the Health Care Professions

‘Disparity’ is a bad word to Lorraine Reitzel, chair of the Department of Psychological, Health and Learning Sciences at the University of Houston College of Education. And yet it defines everything she does.

“Disparity is an unfair difference. It’s not just a difference; it’s based on some inequity that’s potentially solvable,” said Reitzel.

Oct. 2019
Dr. Shahnjayla K. Connors led the panel, It takes All of Us to Keep Us Well! Engaging in Transdisciplinary & Community-Engaged Research to Reduce Health Disparities in Our Communities, at the 2019 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics in the Sciences (SACNAS) National Diversity in STEM Conference held in Honolulu, Hawaii in October.

The UHAND Partnership is funded by the National Cancer Institute (P20CA221696 and P20CA221697).

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