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TWU graduate student receives national award for research


January 29, 2008 — DENTON – Terri L. White, a nursing doctoral candidate at Texas Woman’s University, was one of two students from the U.S. and Canada to receive a Graduate Student Recognition Award from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP.) Ms. White received her award at the ARHP’s Annual Scientific Meeting held in Boston Nov. 6 – 7, 2007.

“Hopefully, this recognition will help bring attention to the bone health needs of rural older adults,” Ms. White, RN, MS, FNP-C, said. “Osteoporosis, especially in the rural older adult population, is such an important topic. I plan to use the results of my research study to apply for future grants that will address this issue.”

The ARHP created this award in 2005 to encourage the research of non-physician graduate students in the field of rheumatology — the branch of medicine dealing with the study and treatment of pathologies of the muscles or tendons or joints. Ms. White received a $500 cash award, free registration to the Scientific Meeting and a free one-year membership to the ARHP as a Graduate Student Recognition Award recipient.

Ms. White’s dissertation project is titled “Improving Osteoporosis Knowledge and Healthy Bone Behaviors of Rural-Dwelling Older Adults.”

“This recognition by ARHP underscores the importance and quality of Ms. White’s research,” Dr. Gail Davis, TWU professor of nursing, said. “Her research addresses an important health issue, testing educational approaches that are both effective and feasible in improving the bone health of older adults living in rural areas. The findings should be useful in planning programs that will impact the long-term health of this population.”

The Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, a division of the American College of Rheumatology, is a professional membership society composed of non-physician healthcare professionals specializing in rheumatology, such as advanced practice nurses, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, epidemiologists, physician assistants, educators, clinicians and researchers. For more information, visit www.rheumatology.org/arhp.



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