Heidi Worabo, FNP
Assistant Professor/Clinical, School of Nursing
Heidi J. Worabo’s career as a nurse practitioner and educator has been focused on improving healthcare access to culturally inclusive care for individuals on the margins of society. Aligning with the core nursing value of prioritizing human dignity for all, she has contributed to several publications and projects aimed at developing and evaluating innovative, culturally targeted, community-based, and patient-centered models of care for refugees who have resettled in the U.S. As the Assistant Director of the San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic, she leads teams of interprofessional faculty and students in providing holistic primary care for refugees. She also leads the family nurse practitioner program while continuing clinical practice at Wellness 360 Employee and Student Health Center. Her impact as an educator was recognized in 2018 as the recipient of the Patty L. Hawken Faculty Excellence Award and in 2021 with the Presidential Excellent in Teaching Award. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in 2020 and was nominated to serve on the University-wide task force to develop interprofessional education opportunities that support the University’s quality enhancement plan.
Peer-reviewed Articles (*indicates data-based)
- Worabo H.J., Hsueh, K., Yakimo, R., Worabo, E., Burgess, P.A., Farberman, S. (2016). Understanding Refugees’ Perceptions of Health Care in the United States. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12(7), 487-494.
- Worabo, H.J. (2017). A Life Course Theory Approach to Understanding Eritrean Refugees’ Perceptions of Preventive Health Care in the United States. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38 (4), 310-316.
- Farokhi, M.R., Muck, A., Lozano-Pineda, J., Boone, S.L., & Worabo, H. (2018). Using Interprofessional Education to Promote Oral Health Literacy in a Faculty-Student Collaborative Practice. Journal of Dental Education; Oct;82(10):1091-1097.
- Adel JW, Berstein E, Tcheyan M, Ali S, Worabo H, Farokhi M, Muck AE. (2019). San Antonio Refugees: Their Demographics, Healthcare Profiles, and How to Better Serve Them. PLOS One Journal,14(2):1-16.
- Worabo, H., Parke, K., Muck, A., & Farokhi, M. (2019). Refugee Healthcare Needs: Perceptions of Health and Social Service Professionals in South Texas. Texas Public Health Journal, 71(4), 15-18.
- Miller, M., Holmes, C., Moran, M., Dollar, F., Jeffery, A., Safi, F., Safi, S., & Worabo H. (2020). A Qualitative Analysis on the Reproductive Health Needs of Resettled Afghan Refugees in South Texas. Free Clinic Research Collective.
Invited Podium Presentations
- 2021, “San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic.” Physicians for Human Rights Mini Conference, UT Health San Antonio
- 2020, “Caring for Refugees in San Antonio.” Women in Medicine, UTSA
- 2019, “Care of Immigrant and Refugee Children in the School Setting, School Nurse Roundup Conference, School Nurses Association, San Antonio, TX
- 2018, “Primary Care of the Immigrant Child.” Pediatric Emergencies & Updates, National Association of Pediatric Nurses in Advanced Practice, San Antonio, TX.
- 2018, “Refugees in America: Local Voices Panel Discussion. University of Texas San Antonio Honors Course, San Antonio, TX
- 2016, “Update on Women’s Health Screenings.” The UT Health San Antonio Wellness Event, San Antonio, TX
- 2016, “Integrating Immigrants and Refugees into Society.” City of San Antonio Friendship City Agreement with Darmstadt, Germany, San Antonio, TX
Peer Reviewed Podium Presentations
- 2019, “Refugee Healthcare Needs: Perceptions of Health and Social Service Professionals in South Texas. Cultural Inclusion Conference, UT Health San Antonio.
- 2016, “A Life Course Theory Approach to Understanding Eritrean Refugees’ Perceptions of Preventive Healthcare in the United States.” State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, D.C.
- 2016, “Refugees’ Perceptions of Healthcare in the United States: Implications for Providing Culturally Sensitive Primary Healthcare for Resettled Refugees.” American Association of Nursing Practitioners National Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Peer Reviewed Poster Presentations
- 2020, “Family Planning Curriculum Development for Resettled Refugees in San Antonio, Texas.” Community Service Learning Conference, UT Health San Antonio
- 2020, “Reproductive and Preventative Women’s Healthcare for Refugees in San Antonio. Community Service Learning Conference, San Antonio, TX
- 2019, “Assessment of the Reproductive Health Needs of Female Afghan and Burmese Refugees in San Antonio, Texas: A Focus Group Approach.” Community Service Learning Conference, San Antonio, TX
- 2018, “The San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic and the Center for Refugee Services Collaboration.” Cultural Inclusion Conference, San Antonio, TX
- 2016, “Evaluating the Impact of the San Antonio Refuge Health Clinic: A Qualitative Healthcare Needs Assessment among San Antonio Refugees.” North American Refugee Health Conference, Niagara Falls, NY
- 2016, “Evaluating the Impact of the San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic: A Qualitative Healthcare Needs Assessment among San Antonio Refugees.” Community Service Learning Conference, San Antonio, TX
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- 2021 – Funder: AHEC. Dollars: $5000.Title: Understanding the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Refugee Parents. Role: Co-PI
- 2021, Funder: Nursing Advisory Council, UT Health SA. Dollars: $5000. Title: Exploring Maternal Health Needs of Refugee Women in San Antonio, Texas. Role: PI
- 2021, Funder: Hillman Foundation, Emergent Innovation. Dollars: $50,000. Title: Refugee Women’s Team Care Approach: Promoting Health as an Act of Social Justice. Role: PI
- 2020, Funder: US Department of State, Namibia. Dollars: $208,344.78. Title: US-Namibian University Partnership: Bridging the Healthcare Gap through Interprofessional Collaborative Education. Role: Co-PI
Submitted and Not Funded or Unfunded Research/Projects:
- 2020, Funder: Sigma Jonas Foundational Grant. Dollars: $10,000. Title: Utilizing MOAIS to improve mental wellness among resettled refugees through an integrated community-based approach. Role: Co-PI
- 2020, Funder: Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation-Emergent Innovation. Dollars: $50,000. Title: Utilizing MOAIS to improve mental wellness among resettled refugees through an integrated, community-based approach. Role: Co-PI
- 2020, Funder: Nursing Advisory Council. Dollars: $13,450. Title: Using MOAIS and community engagement to promote mental health wellness among resettled refugees. Role: Co-PI
- 2020, Funder: American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Faculty Scholars Grant. Dollars: $25,000. Title: Utilizing Pediatric Telehealth Simulation to Improve Student Nurse Practitioner Competencies. Role: Co-PI
- 2019, Funder: Community Service Learning Grant, UT Health SA Center for Medical Ethics and Humanities. Dollars: $2470. Title: Reproductive Health of Refugees in San Antonio, Texas.Role: Faculty Mentor
- 2018, Funder: Community Service Learning Grant, UT Health SA Center for Medical Ethics and Humanities. Dollars: $3895. Title: Evaluating the Impact of the San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic: A Qualitative Health Care Needs Assessment Among San Antonio Refugees. Role: Faculty Mentor
- 2015 – 2016, Funder: The Migliorino Piccione Award, UT Health SA School of Nursing. Dollars: $1500.Title: Exploring Refugee Health Needs in San Antonio, TX: Perceptions of Health and Social Service Personnel Serving the Refugee. Role: Principle Investigator
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