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Author: Kyle Fink | Category: Around Campus | August 31, 2016

The Community Health Education Organization is a UTHSCSA School of Medicine student run group that seeks to reach out and raise overall health awareness and health literacy within our community. 

We are reaching out to Southwest High School and promoting health awareness and advocacy among students there by hosting interactive teaching sessions in an after hours event at the Witte Museum.

Our current program - Night at the Witte with UTHSCSA on Oct. 22 - emphasizes preventative care for diabetes, obesity, sexual health and bullying as health concerns. 

Presentations will teach how to engage in preventative health practices and emphasize how students can advocate for their own health as well as the health of their community

Topics covered will include diabetes, obesity, sexual health, bullying.

Presentations will be 20 minutes each and will include one interactive component, one handout, a teach-back segment, and are flexible to questions throughout.

The Need

- In the United States, 29.1 million people or 9.3 percent of the population have diabetes with 8.1 million suspected to remain undiagnosed. Nationally, 16.9 percent of youths aged 2-19 and 34.9 percent of adults are considered obese by BMI measurements.

- National data shows increases in reported STDs and that 47 percent of males and 44 percent of female teens ages 15-19 report having engaged in sexual intercourse.

- These concerning statistics and research explain why diabetes, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, and nutrition and weight status are identified conditions included in Healthy People 2020.

- Locally in Bexar County, the percent of the population that has diabetes is 14.1 percent, (4.9 percent above the national average), the obesity rate is 32.1 percent, and the birth rate among 15-19 year olds is 37.3 per 1,000 (3.4 per 1000 over the national average) as articulated in SA2020. 

- Finally, national research has shown that youth who report both being bullied and bullying others have the highest rates of negative mental health outcomes, including depression, anxiety and thinking about suicide. 

- Bullying is a key contributor to Healthy People 2020 objectives relating to mental health and mental disorders.

- Our community needs preventative health care and we as aspiring medical professionals must seek better ways of delivering this care!

- We will be trying by promoting advocacy among our community’s youth.

Before the Event

Tuesday, August 16 

Open official recruitment of UTHSCSA volunteers for the event

Saturday, August 27 

Tour of Witte Museum 1

Project leaders and Witte staff guide volunteers through HEB Body Adventure building
Recommend this session to avoid crowds of the museum

Thursday, September 1 

Present project to UTHSCSA Student Government
Includes Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Biomedical Sciences

Thursday, September 8 

Volunteer Orientation Meeting on campus (UTHSCSA campus ALTC building Room 1.105)

Provide volunteers with event details and links to required online training

Health literacy focus group for UTHSCSA curriculum and training purposes

Now offering leadership opportunities to those interested

Attendance must include only one representative from each organization involved. They must then share materials with their group

Saturday, September 10 

Tour of Witte Museum 2

Project leaders and Witte staff guide volunteers through HEB Body Adventure building

Monday, October 3- October 9

Station leaders will meet and present demonstrations to Night at the Witte Project Leaders

Tuesday, October 18 

Rehearsal for event with volunteers

Presentation materials are tested for logistics (transport and set-up)

Saturday, October 22 

Night at the Witte with UTHSCSA

The final event date and dates past October are subject to change based on the needs of our community partners. Project leaders aim to distribute finalized dates by the training scheduled for September 8th.

Saturday, October 22- Night at the Witte with UTHSCSA

4:00 p.m. 

Volunteer arrival and event set-up

5:00 p.m.

Student buses arrive

5:00 - 5:20 p.m.


“Success packs” and scavenger hunt lists are distributed

Students divided into small groups for rotations

5:20 - 8:20 p.m. 

Informative Presentations

Volunteers at each station perform their presentation every 20 minutes

Student small groups rotate every 20 minutes through each station once

Students fill out Scavenger Hunt as they learn

8:20 - 8:50 p.m. 


Collection of Scavenger Hunt lists

Closing Statements summarizing the presentations

Students fill out evaluation questionnaire

Raffle prizes distributed for completed Scavenger Hunts and post-intervention questionnaires

9:00 p.m. 

Students board buses back to Southwest High School

9:00 - 10:00 p.m. 

Event clean up and Witte closes for the night

Notes to Presenters

- Presenters should consider what they might hand out to solidify concepts and be useful for understanding even outside the event

- Presenters will be asked to prepare 20 minute interactive presentations that will be reviewed prior to the event

- Presenters will be free to adjust presentations to facilitate learning; however, all presentations will remain focused on pre-assigned topics involving diabetes, obesity, sexual health, and bullying

- In order to evaluate efficacy of the project, student participants and UTHSCSA volunteers will complete surveys

How to Get Involved

We invite volunteers across UTHSCSA schools to reach us and attend the meeting at the Witte Museum on Thursday, September 7th, from 5-6:30 p.m.

To learn more either contact our leaders directly (Kyle Fisk,; Michael Bruce, or ask to join our facebook group (UTHSCSA Night at the Witte Volunteers)."


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