Program for Advancing the Health of South Texans (PATH)


Advancing the health of residents of South Texas through scholarship that focuses on understanding individual, family, community, and population needs. The program provides a mechanism for coordinating faculty effort and enhancing support services.

Program Goals:

  1. Advance nursing research within the CONHS through coordinated faculty effort.
  2. Develop an effective research support team.
  3. Establish an ongoing source of scholarship opportunities to support doctoral student scholarly experiences.

Organizing Assumptions:

  • Research and program/outcome evaluation are equivalent scholarly products.
  • Faculty members who have earned their PhD have the essential skills to conduct research.
  • Faculty who have earned their DNP have the essential skills to isolate and articulate clinical problems of significant importance to warrant investigation and design of interventions with the potential to resolve the problems.
  • Skills of faculty who hold DNP or PhD are not independent of each other.

Expected Outcome:

The design of efficient and effective interventions that improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and patient populations.


All faculty members engaged in the design and implementation of scholarly activities as part of their assigned responsibilities.

Focus of PATH Activities:

College of Nursing and Health Sciences Faculty Research Profile

Reducing health disparities through disease prevention and chronic illness management

  • Disease prevention:                                     
    • Cultural Health and Screening Mammography Belief Scale: The Development and Pre-Testing among Asian American Women".
    • The human experience with caring and changing human health habits through the application of phenomenology.
    • Improving oral hygiene through early childhood education experiences (includes assessment of burden of preventable dental disease in Texas).
    • Reducing Type 2 Diabetes through a Family-Centered intervention
    • Promoting mental health in Mexican Americans- initial study to explore the meanings of mental health and mental illness in a Mexican-American community.
    • Managing Asthma in Children: Center of Excellence
    • Physical Activity and Health in People Living with AIDS
  • Preparing a culturally-competent nursing workforce for South Texans
    • Video Enhanced Online Objective Structured Clinical Examination in Graduate Nursing Education
    • Identification of self-reported changes in baccalaureate nursing students framed in humanistic constructs
    • Critical attributes of methods for preparing BSNs to use information and communication technology in practice
  • Designing Quality Care Systems
    • Nursing care quality in long-term care