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UHD Experts Available to Address Critical Need for Nurses During COVID-19, Insurance Questions During Hurricane Season


Contact: Mark Kramer, UHD Manager of Electronic Communications

The following experts are available to address issues related to the critical need for nurses related to the COVID-19 pandemic from the UHD Nursing Program. Also included is an insurance and risk management expert from the UHD Marilyn Davies College of Business, who will be able to answer questions about property and casualty insurance and the importance of having the right coverage during hurricane season on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Experts are available as their schedules permit. To schedule interviews, contact Mark Kramer at kramerm@uhd.edu or 832-967-8789.

Dr. Linda Dune, Director of UHD’s RN to BSN Nursing Program, can address topics regarding the nursing profession, including the vital need for qualified nurses, especially during times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Dune holds a Ph.D in Nursing Research from Texas Women’s University and has clinical experience in the areas of critical care, emergency and medical-surgical nursing.

Dr. Song Ge serves as Assistant Professor and Assistant Director in the UHD Nursing program. She can address topics including unfolding health issues among the vulnerable population, including people with human immunodeficiency virus, the elderly and people with mental health issues. She is a Registered Nurse and Community Health Worker and received her Ph.D in nursing from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Pamela Hurley is an Associate Professor of Insurance and Risk Management at UHD’s Marilyn Davies College of Business. She is knowledgeable of a variety of insurance topics, including those involving property and casualty coverage as it relates to storms on the Texas Gulf Coast. In addition, she can address Risk Management topics in the corporate sector. She earned her Ph.D from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has three published articles involving Risk Management.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.