UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Norma Martinez

School of Nursing
Office for Faculty Excellence
(210) 567-2547

I spent the early years of my life in public housing, I have spent my life in service to the community, first as a teacher in the Edgewood Independent School District and a Caseworker for San Antonio Catholic Family and Children services, before embarking on a career in nursing education. I served the needs of the San Antonio population as a nurse, a nurse educator, an advocate for the underserved population, and an advocate for health policy changes in regard to healthcare. I specialized in Psychiatric Nursing and was Director of Nursing at several hospitals. During Desert Storm I was assigned to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort. Bliss, Texas where I earned Achievement and Commendation Medals. I have a PhD in Cultural Foundations from the University of Texas at Austin. I subsequently earned two postdoctoral fellowships at the Indiana University School of Nursing. I am a member of the graduate faculty of the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing, where I currently serve as a tenured Professor. I co-founded a non- profit organization, Martinez Street Women Center whose primary purpose is to provide support and educational services to women and female adolescents. At the University of Texas Health Science Center, I founded Juntos Podemos, a mentorship program for nursing students and was funded for 17 years. I collaborated with the US Western District Court Probation Office to provide a female specific program for women convicted of a federal felon and under community supervision. I began this program to prevent relapse/recidivism. It was the only female group in the Western District Court.
In November 2006 I was selected to be a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) which is the highest honor one can achieve in nursing. I am the past President of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). I was a founding Commissioner of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) which examines how Medicaid physician pay affects access to care by Medicaid patients and those in the Children`s Health Insurance Program, among other issues. I founded the International Association of Latino Nurse Faculty and serve as president. I am now the chair of Promotion and Tenure Appointment Committee (PTAC) for the school of nursing. Presently I have a $2,583,704 Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) grant to recruit and engage traditional program baccalaureate nursing students to engage in community-based primary care to help the undeserved population. I have a $78,571 HRSA COVID-19 grant to promote, enhance, and provide access to COVID-19 related telehealth technologies. In total I have been funded $9,680,152 for the School of Nursing. This indicates my commitment to nursing and advocating for students and the underserved population.

7/2009 - Present Professor University of Texas Health San Antonio, School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX