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July 31, 2018

Partnership Moving into Houston’s East End after Success in Third Ward


Midway through a three-year, $2 million grant from the United Health Foundation, University of Houston’s Project TOUCH (Treating Obesity in Underserved Communities) has impressive numbers to report. Based on its success in Houston’s Third Ward, the effort for preventing and treating obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other ailments will move into Houston’s East End in the fall.

Under the direction of professors Ezemenari Obasi and Dan O’Connor, fellows at the UH institute fighting health disparities called UH HEALTH (Helping Everyone Achieve a Life Time of Health) Research Institute, the community collaborative program is reporting:

  • 1,350 total patients
  • Prevention and screenings: 1,159
  • Treatment: 207
  • UH BOUNCE Childhood Obesity Program: 147 families
  • Patients referred to YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program: 60

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July 24, 2018

United Health Foundation, UH Expand Obesity and Diabetes Program


Midway through a three-year, $2 million grant from the United Health Foundation, University of Houston’s Project TOUCH (Treating Obesity in Underserved Communities) has impressive numbers to report. Based on its success in Houston’s Third Ward, the effort for preventing and treating obesity, Type 2 diabetes and other ailments will move into Houston’s East End in the fall.


Read the full article here

June 18, 2018

Nearly half of diabetics skimp on treatment due to high insulin cost


Almost half of diabetics in America have cut back on treatment at some point due to the price of insulin hitting new heights.

“Its not regulated so, if you don't have a lot of competition for something like insulin that's available for folks, then the price is going to be pretty much jacked up,” says Dr. Ezemenari Obasi, an associate dean of Research at the University of Houston.

According to the American Diabetes Association, between 2002 and 2013 the average price of insulin has nearly tripled.


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March 21, 2018

UH Researcher Examines Health Disparities In Houston


Houston Matters learns about a grant to study health disparities and cultural predictors of health behavior in the African-American community.


Dr. Ezemenari Obasi wears many hats at the University of Houston. He’s associate dean of research at the university’s College of Education. He’s also the founder and director of the HEALTH Research Institute, which examines addictions and health disparities in Houston communities.


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March 28, 2017

 UHF Gives $2million Grant toTackle Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in the Third Ward


The HEALTH Research Institute will get a $2 million grant to help prevent and treat obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the city's Third Ward, a place that can often slip through the health care cracks. The program, scheduled to launch later this spring, is expected to reach 5,000 residents in the next three years, program organizers said. It is being funded by a grant from United Health Foundation, the nonprofit charitable arm of UnitedHealth Group, the insurance giant's parent company.


Watch Dr. Ezemenari Obasi and Dr. Dan O'Connor discuss the UHF grant on Fox26 Houston below.  


Read the full announcement in the Houston Chronicle 


Read the UH press release

UHF grant on Fox26 Houston

Watch Dr. Ezemenari Obasi and Dr. Dan O'Connor discuss the UHF grant on Fox26 Houston