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Mexican American Adolescents (Various Areas)

Anne Rath Rentfro, MSN, RN
Associate Professor
Office Location: LHSB 2.706
Office Phone: 956-882-5084
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Anne.Rentfro@utb.edu

Biography

Anne Rath Rentfro, MSN, RN is Associate Professor in the Nursing Department at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (UTB-TSC) where she is coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program. She has been on faculty at UTB-TSC since 1990 where she has taught Pediatrics, Advanced Medical Surgical Nursing, Health Promotion, and Leadership. Ms. Rentfro received a BSN from the University of Rochester (New York, 1974); a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin (1982); and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Universitys of Arizona, College of Nursing, Tucson. She has held appointments at the Diabetes Research and Training Center in Chicago, IL (Diabetes Nurse Clinician); University of Texas at Austin (Joint Faculty Appointment with Seton Medical Center); Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Project Director). She was recipient of the 1995 Chancellor’s Council Outstanding Teaching Award.

Research Summary:

Self–Esteem, Self–Efficacy, Hope, Health Promoting Behaviors and Insulin Resistance in Mexican American Adolescents

Research interests lie in the area of diabetes mellitus particularly type 2 diabetes mellitus. With a clinical focus working with patients with type 2 diabetes it is clear that the epidemic needs to be confronted from numerous directions simultaneously. Prevention and health promotion are areas needing more emphasis to decrease the burden that diabetes has society. Current projects involve a program grant that is an epidemiologic study. This research project was designed to form a cohort of individuals to provide data to answer questions about health problems, particularly type 2 diabetes, and their impact on the people who live along the Texas Mexico border. There are currently almost 2000 individuals enrolled in this cohort. Ms Rentfro is responsible for consultation, staff training and protection of human subjects for the project. The project which was funded for 5 years in 2001 has now received funding for 5 more years will now begin a 5 year follow-up with all participants; intensive follow-up of patients with impaired fasting glucose; and several intervention studies.

Ms. Rentfro’s dissertation research focuses on prevention. A cross sectional descriptive study will be conducted to explore the relationships among self-esteem, self-efficacy, hope and health promoting behaviors in Mexican American adolescents living in Texas along the United States–Mexico border. This proposed study will encompass several National Institute of Nursing Research priority areas by integrating biobehavioral aspects of obesity prevention and by exploring health promoting behaviors in Mexican American adolescents who live in Texas along the United States–Mexico border experiencing health disparities as a vulnerable population.

Publications

  • Rentfro, Anne; Nino, Jeanette, C.; Pones, Rosa M.; Innis-Whitehouse, Wendy; Barroso, Cristina S.; Fisher-Hoch, Susan P. (2006) unpublished manuscript: Predictors of premature disease in Hispanic Adolescents.
  • Rentfro, Anne. “Health Promotion and the Individual”, Chapter in the 7th Edition of Edelman and Mandle’s Health Promotion throughout the Lifespan (2008) Elsevier Science: St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Rentfro, Anne. “Health Promotion and the Family”, Chapter in the 7th Edition of Edelman and Mandle’s Health Promotion throughout the Lifespan (2008) Elsevier Science: St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Rentfro, Anne. “Health Promotion and the Community”, Chapter in the 7th Edition of Edelman and Mandle’s Health Promotion throughout the Lifespan (2008) Elsevier Science: St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Rentfro, Anne. “Preschool Child”, Chapter in the 5th Edition of Edelman and Mandle’s Health Promotion throughout the Lifespan (2008) Elsevier Science: St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Rentfro, Anne, "Children in the Community", Chapter 27 of the 4rd Edition of Maurer and Smith's Community Health Nursing Practice: Concepts for Families and Populations. (2008) Elsevier Science: St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Rentfro, Anne and McCampbell Linda, A Student Study Guide to Accompany the Seventh Edition of Whaley and Wong's Nursing Care of Infants and Children, St Louis: Mosby Yearbook, 2006.
  • Rentfro, Anne, A Student Study Guide to Accompany Mosby's Maternal Child Nursing, 2nd Edition, St Louis: Mosby , Yearbook, 2002 (The Pediatric Chapters 29-55).
  • Rentfro, Anne, The Instructor's Resource Manual to Accompany Mosby's Maternal Child Nursing, 2nd Edition, St Louis: Mosby Yearbook, 2002 (The Pediatric Chapters 29-55).
  • Rentfro, Anne, The Test Bank to Accompany Mosby's Maternal Child Nursing, 2nd Edition, St Louis: Mosby Yearbook, 2002 (The Pediatric Chapters 29-55).
  • Rentfro, Anne, The Instructor 's Resource Manual to Accompany Whaley and Wong's Essentials of Pediatric Nursing, 6th ed., St. Louis: Harcourt Health Sciences Companies, 2001.
  • Contributor of Case Studies for Thibodeau, Gary A. and Kevin T. Patton's Anatomy and Physiology, Third Edition, St. Louis: Mosby Yearbook, 1996. Rentfro, Anne, "Educational Design: An Internal System of Review", Continuing Nursing Education Newsletter. Texas Nurses Association, April 1991 Rentfro, Anne and Carol Ohs, "The Importance of the Planning Committee", Continuing Nursing Education Newsletter. Texas Nurses Association, January 1990.
  • Adams, Rella and Rentfro, Anne Rath. "Strengthening Hospital Nursing An Approach to Restructuring Hospital Nursing", Journal of Nursing Administration, 21:6, 12-19.
  • Adams, Rella; Briones, Ernestina and Rentfro, Anne Rath. "Cultural Considerations: Developing a Nursing Care Delivery System for a Hispanic Community." Nursing Clinics of North America 27:1, 107-117.
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