Providing Self-Management Tools for Underserved Populations

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May 7, 2024
Dr. Heather Cuevas

Meet Heather Cuevas, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FCNS, Assistant Professor at UT Austin School of Nursing.

Dr. Cuevas’ research focuses on diabetes self-care, specifically on maintaining and improving cognitive function for self-management activities to address the increasing numbers of Latinx adults with diabetes and cognitive dysfunction.

She currently practices in the Family Wellness Center at The University of Texas at Austin, working with patients with diabetes and other endocrine disorders.

Dr. Cuevas is dedicated to reducing health disparities by mentoring undergraduates in the Access Program at The University of Texas Latino Research Institute, serving on the advisory committee for the St. David’s Hospital System Center for Health Promotion Research in Underserved Populations, and leadership as the first Latina President of Texas Clinical Nurse Specialists to increase awareness of the role of advanced practice nurses in improving the health of underserved populations.

From her nomination:

“Dr. Cuevas made a huge difference in my graduate work at UT. She supports students after graduation and currently shares her experience and knowledge with community clientele.”

We honor Dr. Cuevas during National Nurses Week for her contributions to fostering future nurse leaders.