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UTHealth: Alumna Receives Health Literacy Award

Dr. Anabel Rodriguez, a research coordinator in occupational epidemiology at University of Texas School of Public Health in San Antonio, has been honored with the 2019 Individual Health Literacy Hero award from the Bexar County Health Collaborative.

Dr. Rodriguez received the award at the 2019 Texas Health Literacy Conference in October. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in health literacy – how well we understand, communicate and use health information to make informed decisions.

Dr. Rodriguez earned a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio in 2016 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in epidemiology in 2019. She joined the campus staff in 2014. She works with workplace injury researcher Dr. David Douphrate, an associate professor with the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, to improve health literacy in vulnerable dairy workers in rural areas of the United States.

Dr. Rodriguez has spent the last few years on the road, helping administer mobile safety training to dairy workers across the nation. With her help, the research team has trained more than 1,400 workers in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas and New York.

“It’s vital that all workers know and understand the importance of health and safety as it applies to their occupation because it can be the difference between life and death,” Dr. Rodriguez says.

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