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TWU College of Health Sciences receives grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University’s College of Health Sciences recently was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to help provide Hispanics better access to health information over the Internet.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on this important project,” said Dr. Jimmy H. Ishee, dean of the TWU College of Health Sciences.

Dr. Ninfa Peña-Purcell, a visiting assistant professor of health studies at TWU, will serve as the director of the project titled “Studying Hispanics’ Use of Health Information on the Internet: Implications for Healthcare Professions.”

“Through the study I hope to determine the level of Internet use among Hispanics and compare their Internet use with other ethnic groups,” Dr. Peña-Purcell said. “My goal is to make recommendations to increase Internet use and improve health literacy among Hispanics.”

The grant was awarded through RWJF’s New Connections program, which seeks to bring the Foundation a broader perspective in its program planning and design. TWU received a $41,887 grant for the yearlong study.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 30 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.

TWU’s College of Health Sciences includes the departments of communication sciences and disorders, dental hygiene, healthcare administration, health studies, kinesiology, nutrition and food sciences, the School of Occupational Therapy and the School of Physical Therapy. TWU’s graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy are ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News and World Report. For more information about the College of Health Sciences, visit www.twu.edu/hs.



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