UTHSC Students Provide Healthcare to Inner City Schools

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May marked the culmination of months of work by students and faculty from all disciplines, who reached out into inner city schools to share their knowledge of health and science.

May marked the culmination of months of work by students and faculty from all disciplines, who reached out into inner city schools to share their knowledge of health and science.

Thanks to the inspiration and leadership of Dr. Nancy S. Hardt, director of the UT Institute for Women’s Health, UTHSC had eight teams who worked with schools adjacent to campus.

The UT students presented overviews of their work to executive staff, principals and teachers at the Memphis City Schools Teaching and Learning Center on Monday, May 12.

According to Hardt, the program’s goals were to provide service learning for health professions students and experience with interdisciplinary teamwork, as well as to equip inner city students with information to promote a healthier community.

The eight schools included: Central and Booker T. Washington High Schools, Vance Middle and Bellevue Jr. High, and Bruce, Georgia, Larose and Alonzo Locke Elementary Schools.

Although each team developed their own game plan, there were many recurring topics such as anger management, nutrition, self-esteem, various diseases, healthcare opportunities, hygiene, coping strategies, and injury prevention.

The UTHSC students presented the information through skits, interactive projects, and other creative ways to encourage students to enjoy learning.