Alexandra Garcia, PhD, RN, FAAN

Director of Community Engagement and Public Health; Associate Professor

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Alexandra A. García is an associate professor in the Family and Public Health Nursing and Nursing Administration Division in the School of Nursing and the inaugural director of community engagement and health equity for the Department of Population Health at Dell Medical School, with dual appointments in both schools of nursing and medicine. She has taught courses for undergraduate and graduate nursing students in research, public health and global health. She is associate director of the Primary Care, Family and Community Medicine clerkship. Her research focuses on Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes, and she explores and addresses social, cultural and economic influences on their health promotion practices, diabetes-related symptoms, self-management strategies, mental health and quality of life. She previously directed the faculty-led study abroad programs to Guadalajara in Mexico and Heredia in Costa Rica and is now collaborating with Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, on education and research projects.

García is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Texas Public Health Association. She is past president of the Texas Public Health Association and past chair of the Public Health Nursing Section of the American Public Health Association. As director of community engagement and public health at Dell Medical School, García draws on her experience in public health research and education to create partnerships in the community and develop strategies that will transform the community health infrastructure and serve the varying needs of diverse populations — especially low-income and uninsured residents across the community. García received her diploma in registered nursing from the Union Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, her Bachelor of Science from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and her Master of Science from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She earned her Ph.D. in nursing from the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Research Output 1998 2019

Association between sleep and serious psychological distress in patients with diabetes

Huang, Y. C., Zuñiga, J. A. & Garcia, A., Sep 14 2019, In : Psychology, Health and Medicine. 24, 8, p. 925-935 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Health Surveys
Cause of Death

Diabetes negatively impacts the ten-year survival rates of people living with HIV

Park, J., Zuñiga, J. A. & García, A. A., Sep 1 2019, In : International Journal of STD and AIDS. 30, 10, p. 991-998 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Survival Rate
Chronic Renal Insufficiency
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Prediabetic State

Mexican Americans' diabetes symptom prevalence, burden, and clusters

García, A. A., Bose, E., Zuñiga, J. A. & Zhang, W., Apr 2019, In : Applied Nursing Research. 46, p. 37-42 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Quality of Life
Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
Cluster Analysis
Memory Disorders
1 Citation (Scopus)

Pursuing Well-Being Among Rural-Dwelling Adults With Disabilities

Thurman, W. A., Harrison, T. C., Walker, V. G. & Garcia, A., Oct 1 2019, In : Qualitative Health Research. 29, 12, p. 1699-1710 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rural Population
Health Policy
Delivery of Health Care
1 Citation (Scopus)

The additive effect of type 2 diabetes on fibrinogen, von Willebrand factor, tryptophan and threonine in people living with HIV

Harrison, M. L., Wolfe, A. S., Fordyce, J., Rock, J., Garcia, A. & Zuñiga, J. A., Jan 1 2019, In : Amino Acids.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

von Willebrand Factor
Medical problems