May 5, 2000
Volume XXXIII, No. 18

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Hogg Foundation awards more than $168,000 in grants

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has announced the commitment of $168,667 in grants for mental health research and service projects conducted by the Health Science Center.

The grant recipients are as follows:

Dr. Cervando Martinez, professor of psychiatry and associate dean for Affiliated Programs and Continuing Medical Education, was awarded first-year support of $48,530 to develop a collaborative program of mental health research in South Texas. The program, designed specifically for citizens of Mexican origin, is of critical importance for research and clinical services in affiliation with the planned Regional Academic Health Center in South Texas.

An 18-month grant of $35,921 supports Dr. Delia Saldaņa, clinical associate professor of psychiatry, in developing "Cultural Competency: Practical Guidelines for Mental Health Services," a series of materials for service providers to address exemplary practices in culturally competent mental health services.

Dr. Christine Bow-Thomas, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, was awarded a one-year grant of $24,813 for a study titled "Utility of a Brief Cognitive Assessment Battery in Schizophrenia." The research seeks greater understanding of the relationships between symptoms, cognition and functioning in patients with schizophrenia, and the development of a reliable method of assessing cognitive functioning.

An award of $59,403 over three years went to "IMPACT: Improving Care for Late Life Depression." Led by Dr. John W. Williams, Jr., associate professor of medicine, IMPACT is a research project testing the cost-effectiveness of a multifaceted disease management model for the care of elderly people with major depression.

A one-year grant of $27,000 was awarded for the evaluation of a program to support young mothers with close-interval pregnancies. Led by Dr. Fernando Guerra of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the program is aimed at developing strong, successful young families by strengthening the problem-solving and goal-setting skills of mothers ages 21 or younger.

The San Antonio awards were part of $770,851 in grants that the Hogg Foundation awarded across the state for the first quarter of 2000.

Since 1940, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has responded to its mandate "to develop and conduct . . . a broad mental health program of great benefit to the people of Texas" by funding service projects and research efforts throughout the state. While the Foundation invites proposals dealing with any aspect of mental health, priority is given to projects targeting children and their families, youth development and minority mental health.

For more information about the Hogg Foundation or its grants program, call (512) 471-5041, or visit the foundation's Web site at hogg.utexas.edu.