Lilia   A.  Fuentes

Associate Professor  

Office: EHABE 2.210
Phone: (956) 665-2384
Email: lilia.a.fuentes@utrgv.edu

Dr. Lilia A. Fuentes

Dr. Fuentes is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing (SON). Dr. Fuentes has over 15 years experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner and over 25 years experience as a Registered Nurse. Dr. Fuentes joined the nursing faculty at UTPA in 2004 and continues her work at UTRGV SON.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Type 2 Diabetes
    • Childhood Obesity
    • Interprofessional Collaborative Education
    • Depression
  • Education

    • DNP, Nursing, The University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston, 2009
    • MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, The University of Texas - Pan American, 2001
    • BSN, Nursing, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1994
    • ADN, The University of Texas - Pan American, 1991
  • Currently Teaching

    NURS 7302 90L - Practice Interventio Proj:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    NURS 6613 D - Family Nurse Practitioner II:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Lilia Fuentes, Linda Eanes, Beatriz Bautista, Doreen Garza, and David Salazar. "Bridging the Gaps: Evaluating the Teaching Effectiveness of Graduate Nursing Students in Helping Children in Underserved Schools Learn About Healthy Eating," Journal of Nursing Science 3, no. 6 (December 2017): 50-56.

  • Fuentes Lilia. "Towards Diabetes Prevention: Improving the Identification of Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors in School-Age Children in a Family Practice Setting - An Update," Phitsanulok: Naresuan University Nursing Faculty , December 2014.

  • Debra Otto, Xiaohui Wang, Viola Garza, Lilia Fuentes, Melinda Rodriguez, and Pamela Sullivan. "Increasing Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure, and Acanthosis Nigricans Abnormalities in School-Age Children," The Journal of School Nursing 29, no. 6 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2013): 442-451.

  • Debra Otto, Xi Wang, Viola Garza, Fuentes Lilia, Melinda Rodriguez, and Pamela Sullivan. "Increasing Body Mass Index, Blood Pressure and Acanthosis Nigricans Abnormalities in School-Age Children," The Journal of School Nursing (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2013): 10.

  • Lilia Fuentes. "Depression in Primary Care: The Evidence Supporting the Need for System Change," Houston, Texas: The Internet Journal of Advanced Nursing Practice 10, no. 2 (2008).



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Lilia Fuentes. CHECK Plus: Creating Healthy Eating Choices for Kids-PLUS, AETNA Foundation Regional Grant, $100,000.00 (January 2017 - June 2018)

  • Lilia Fuentes. CHECK: Creating Healthy Eating Choices for Kids, KNAPP Community Care Foundation , $50,000.00 (June 2016)

  • Lilia Fuentes. CHECK: Creating Healthy Eating Choices for Kids, AETNA Foundation , $40,000.00 (April 1, 2014 - October 1, 2014)



Selected Presentations


  • Lilia Fuentes, Linda Eanes, Beatriz Bautista, Doreen Garza, and David Salazar. "A Cooperative Health Initiative to Improve Healthy Eating among Underserved Children in Rural South Texas: A Pilot Study," NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF HISPANIC AND LATINO STUDIES, UTRGV, South Padre Island, Texas (October 2017)

  • Lilia Fuentes, Linda Eanes, and Beatriz Bautista. "Improving Healthy Eating among Underserved Children in Rural South Texas," Sigma Theta Tau International: Pi Omicron Chapter RESEARCH DAY, STTI: Pi Omicron Chapter, Edinburg, TX (April 2017)

  • Lilia Fuentes. "Towards Diabetes Prevention: Improving the Identification of Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors in School-Age Children in a Family Practice Setting - An UPDATE," 1st International Conference on "Transforming Contemporary Nursing", Naresuan University School of Nursing, Phitsanulok, Thailand (December 2014)

  • Lilia Fuentes. "Developments in Diabetes Management," Pharmacology Update: New Drugs on the Block -10th Annual Conference, Valley Advanced Practice Nursing Organization, Edinburg, Texas (April 2014)

  • Debra Otto, Xiaohui Wang, V. Gazar, Lilia Fuentes, Melinda Rodriguez, and Pamela Sullivan. "Increasing BMI, BP, and AN Abnormalities in School Age Children," 2013 Joint Statistical Meetings, Montreal, Canada (August 2013)

  • Lilia Fuentes. "Towards Diabetes Prevention in Primary Care: Improving Identification of Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors in School-Age Children," MORE Health Conference, UTPA, Edinburg, TX (April 2013)

  • Lilia Fuentes. "Cross-Border Healthcare & Medical Tourism," Pan American Conference on Biomedical Ethics (PACE), UTPA, Edinburg, TX (March 2013)

  • Lilia Fuentes. "Current Public Health Trends Such As Obesity and Diabetes," Pan American Conference on Biomedical Ethics (PACE), UTPA, Edinburg, TX (March 2012)

  • Lilia Fuentes. "The Current Childhood Obesity Epidemic," Pan American Conference on Biomedical Ethics (PACE), UTPA, Edinburg, TX (March 2011)

  • Lilia Fuentes. "Diabetes: A Growing Epidemic," UTPA Nursing Community Outreach with Oratory Catholic School, Pharr, TX, Oratory Catholic School, Pharr TX, Pharr, TX (November 2010)

Current Courses

NURS 7302 90L - Practice Interventio Proj:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
NURS 6613 D - Family Nurse Practitioner II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses