School of Nursing to host USAID photo exhibit on Zika epidemic

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WHAT:  The School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio is hosting a reception to kick off a traveling photo exhibition here called “Stronger There, Safer Here.” The exhibit highlights the U.S. Agency for International Development’s response to the devastating Zika virus epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also describes the approaches USAID, affected countries and partners took to build local capacity to limit the impact and spread of Zika to other countries.

During the reception, two UT Health San Antonio faculty members will speak about the virus from the public health, infectious disease and obstetrics perspectives. The exhibit, open to the public, will be on display Aug.19 through Sept. 5 on the first floor of the School of Nursing.

WHEN:  The reception is at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19

WHERE:  First floor of the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. Enter campus through the main gate at Floyd Curl and Medical Drive and ask the security guard for directions to parking lot 5, near the School of Nursing.

WHO:  Spokespersons include these UT Health San Antonio faculty members:

Adelita Cantu, Ph.D., RN, is an associate professor in the School of Nursing who specializes in public and community health. She recently received a national award from Health Without Harm for her work in environmental public health that includes conducting poverty simulations to teach future health care providers about the community and environmental factors that can affect health. She teaches youngsters how air quality can affect public health through her EcoCamp and Youth Air Quality Academy. She also serves on the Climate and Equity Technical Group that developed San Antonio’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. She will be speaking on “The Public Health Implications of the Zika Virus.”

Patrick Ramsey, M.D., M.P.H., is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has a special interest in infectious diseases. In additional to treating patients, Dr. Ramsey is vice chair of the Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies. He is a member of the Texas Perinatal Advisory Council and the Texas Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Task Force. He also is active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He will speak on “Perinatal Risks of Zika — Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

VISITING THE EXHIBIT: School groups and the general public are invited to see the exhibit by making advance arrangements with John Turner, turnerje@uthscsa.edu, (210) 567-5801.

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