Co-curricular health care and inter-professional education projects that receive CITE grant funds provide opportunities for practical application of classroom learning for students pursing health-related fields. They also contribute to the health of the local community.
In Harris County, the low usage rate and high cost of prostheses illustrate a significant need in underserved communities for more affordable prosthetic or adaptive devices for upper extremity amputees. In this project, Industrial Design (ID) undergraduate students will collaborate with Occupational Therapists at the partnering clinics and hospitals to conduct studies on the patient's physical needs, then develop adaptive devices for them. The project provides an unmatched co-curricular activity with a high impact on students’ learning in patient-centered research and design practice and benefits low-income patients in an underserved community.
This service learning project addressed the increased risk for age-related health conditions in the Black and Latinx elders in the communities of the Greater Third Ward and Greater Eastwood. Under the direction of faculty members Luis Medina (Psychology, CLASS), Daphne Hernandez (Health and Human Performance, CLASS), Lee McWilliams (Nursing), and Christina Miyawaki (Social Work) approximately 125 students trained in diagnostic screening methods, cultural competency, and ethics and planned a community health fair, which was cancelled due to COVID-19.
In this intensive four-week program, rising juniors and seniors explore careers in public health through hands-on placements in the Houston Health Department. Dr. E. James Essien leads this collaboration between the College of Pharmacy, the Houston Health Department, and the University of Texas School of Public Health. Other team members include Dr. Susan Abughosh and Dr. Douglas Thornton (Pharmacy), Dr. Osaro Mgbere (Houston Health Department) and Dr. Paula Cuccaro (UT Public Health).
PSMSA, led by Dr. Byron Ross, was established to provide additional support to undergraduates who identify as neurodiverse. Students are matched with peer mentors who provide additional support in three primary areas: Organization, Personal Responsibility, and Social Engagement. Undergraduate mentors are trained to provide support to adults with autism spectrum disorders.
This program was previously Sight for Success. Chereece N. Andrews has joined Lee McWilliams and Pat Segu in leading this program , and it has been expanded to provide both vision and hearing services for children in the Houston Independent School District. Students from the College of Nursing, College of Optometry, and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders will work together as an inter-professional team to provide these services. Students will learn about social determinants of health and educational success, program implementation and management in community and school settings, while working together as an inter-professional team.
The Undergraduate Summer Shadowing Program, led by Dr. Kenya Steele and Dr. Kendra Jackson, is an opportunity for students interested in pursuing medical education to shadow a practicing physician for four-weeks. Participants will gain experience in the clinical setting while building connections with practicing physicians, College of Medicine faculty, and fellow students. In addition to clinical experience, participants will attend workshops that give valuable information on the pathway to medical school.