Bertha E. Flores, PhD,RN, WHNP-BC
School of Nursing
Bertha “Penny” Flores, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor at the UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing. She is a John A. Hartford Scholar BAGNC (09-11) and a Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Research Scholar Summer 2013. She received The University of North Texas Health Science Center, Center for Excellence on Health Disparities STAR Fellowship (2013).
Health Literacy, Health Disparities, Cancer prevention, Geriatrics, Hispanic and women’s health issues.
- 2018 - Certificate - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences - The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
- 2018 - Postdoctoral Training - Clinical and Translational Science - The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
- 2013 - Postdoctoral Training - Health Disparities (UNTHSC STAR Fellow) - University of North Texas Health Science Center
- 2012 - PhD - Nursing-Women's Health Geriatric Portfolio - The University of Texas at Austin
- 1994 - MSN - Nurse Practitioner in Women's Health - The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
- 1987 - BSN - Nursing - The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
- 1982 - Certificate - Nursing - San Jacinto Community College District
- 5/2019 - Assistant Professor and Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Translational Science (MSCI_TS) Program - UT Health San AntonioSan Antonio
- 9/2016 - Assistant Professor - UT Health San Antonio, School of NursingSan Antonio
- 7/2014 - Graduate Faculty - The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Graduate School of Biomedical SciencesSan Antonio
Instruction & Training
- 5/2020 - 8/2020, Nurse Practitioner Conceptual Basis, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 1/2020 - Present, Dissertation, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 5/2019 - Present, Masters' Thesis Directed, UT Health San Antonio
- 1/2019 - Present, Ph.D. Dissertations Directed, UT Health San Antonio
- 6/2018 - 6/2020, High School/Junior High School Student Supervision, UT Health San Antonio
- 1/2018 - Present, Ph.D. Dissertations Directed
- 1/2018 - Present, Ph.D. Dissertations Directed, UT Health San Antonio
- 5/2016 - Present, FNP Diagnosis Management: Young Families, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 1/2015 - Present, FNP Diagnosis Management for Young Families: Clinical Application, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 1/2014 - Present, Ph.D. Dissertations Directed, UT Health San Antonio
Research & Grants
Funding Agency Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS), Mentored Research Career Development KL2 Title Nuestra Pareja (Our Partner): Together Against Cervical Cancer Status Complete Period 5/2016 - 4/2018 Role Principal Investigator Grant Detail The research plan aims to collect qualitative focus group and quantitative survey data with Hispanic men and women to investigate the role of health literacy, culture, language, demographic and social variables and cervical cancer screening (women) and partner?s cervical cancer screening behavior (men). The outcome will be the basis for developing a culturally and linguistically appropriate educational intervention program.
Funding Agency The University of North Texas Health Science Center Title STAR Fellowship Pilot Program Status Active Period 6/2015 - Present Role Principal Investigator Grant Detail Funding Agency Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Title STOP-HCC Expansion Grant Status Active Period 8/2018 - Present Role Co-Investigator Grant Detail Hepatocellular cancer (HCC) is a fast growing cancer in Texas and curable. To reduce HCC burden and increase prevention through HCV and HBV screening, immunization, and treatment. This is a primary care-based HCV screening program. Funding Agency Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas Title STOP HCC-HCV Prevention Program Dissemination Project Status Active Period 11/2017 - Present Role Co-Investigator Grant Detail Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the primary cause of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Texas leads the nation in HCC mortality. The project aims to implement the STOP HCC-HCV Prevention Program following national guidelines to screen all baby born boomers (BBs), those born from 1945-65 for HCV. Funding Agency Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Title Using Best Practices to Promote HPV Vaccination in Rural Primary Care Settings Status Active Period 6/2018 - 5/2019 Role Co-Investigator Grant Detail This project targets four rural counties in State Health Service Region 8 (Frio, Medina, LaSalle and Dimmit). The incidence of cervical cancer in Region 8 is 10.0/100,000.1 This rate is higher than the rest of Texas (9.2/100,000) and the nation (7.7/100,000).1 HPV vaccination offers a potentially powerful primary prevention strategy to decrease the incidence of cervical cancer.
Funding Agency SWPC Title Health Promotion Interventions for Hispanic Family Caregivers Status Complete Period - Present Role Contributor Grant Detail The aim of the project was to evaluate the a health promotion intervention for appropriateness in a population of Hispanic family caregivers. Funding Agency ReACH Title The Microbiome as Potential Mediator of Diabetes Health Disparities Status Complete Period 5/2017 - 4/2019 Role Co-Investigator Grant Detail Funding Agency Title ReACH Pilot Project Grant Award Status Complete Period 7/2015 - 12/2018 Role Principal Investigator Grant Detail "Hispanic Grandparents as Primary Caregivers of their Grandchildren in the Context of Prenatal substance Abuse" will explore the barriers and facilitators encountered by Hispanic grandparents caring for their grandchildren
Flores P, Arevalo-Flechas, L, Martinez, Martha. Parenting all over again: Hispanic "Abuelitas" raising grandchildren in the context of substance abuse disorders; 2019 Nov. Morales-Campos, D. Y., Flores, B.E., Romero, R., Parra-Medina, D. Using Academic Detailing to Improve vaccine uptake among South Texas adolescents; 2019 Nov. Morales-Campos, D., Parra-Medina, D., Flores, B. E., Covarrubias, L., Villarreal, E. K., Morales, V. Providers Perspectives on HPV Uptake in Rural Primary Care Settings; 2017 Nov. Flores P, Martinez M, Arevalo-Flechas, L., Tobar, M., Parra-Medina, D. "A clash of cultures:" Cervical cancer screening and Hispanic males: Cambridge University Press; 2017 Feb. (Journal of Clinical and Translational Science; vol. 1, no. S1). Flores BE. If they are taken away I will die: Hispanic Abuelas as custodial "caregivers"; 2016 May. (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; vol. 64, no. S1).
Flores, B.E. Readiness for Enhanced Health Literacy. In: Herdman,H. & Kamistsuru, S. [Eds]. NANDA International Nursing Diagnosis 2018-2020: eleventh Edition. New York, NY: Thieme; 2018.
Riley-Baker, Jacqueline, Flores P, Young-McCaughan S. Outcomes Educating Nursing Students Using an Evolving Simulated Case Scenario Clinical Simulation in Nursing 2020 Feb;39:7-17. Flores, B.E., Acton, G., Arevalo-Flechas, L., Gill, S. & Mackert, M. Health literacy and cervical cancer screening among Mexican-American women Health Literacy Research and Practice (HLRP) 2019 Jan;3(1):e1-e8. Mojica, C., Flores, B.E., Ketchum, N. & Yuanyuan. Healthcare access, utilization, and cancer screening among low-income women Hispanic Healthcare International 2017 Oct;15(4):160-165. Turner, B., Craig, F., Makanji, J., Flores, B., Hernandez, L. Improving Support and Education of Low Income Baby Boomers Diagnosed with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection through Universal Screening Journal of Clinical Nursing 2017 Apr;26:4605-4612.
Parra-Medina, D., Morales-Campos, D., Flores, B. E., Romero, R, Villarreal, E. K. Promoting HPV Vaccination in Primary Care Setting: Utilizing evidenced-based strategies 2017 May;.