Brown Bag Initiative
The Brown Bag initiative is an organization created with the purpose of preparing and distributing brown bags full of items of need and literature about local resources to the Dallas homeless population. We partner with social workers at the Dallas Police Department Crisis Intervention Unit to better serve the homeless population’s immediate needs as they begin the process of rehabilitation and assimilation into larger society.
Clinic Allies aims to connect medical students with local charitable clinics. There are approximately 68 charitable clinics that serve the DFW community, and we hope to create positive relationships that help clinics fulfill their missions and allow medical students to hone their newly acquired medical skills. Our goal is to serve these clinics by providing them with medical student volunteers, and in so doing create more clinical volunteer opportunities for the students of UT Southwestern Medical School.
DFW Hep B Free Project
The Dallas Forth Worth Hepatitis B Free Project aims to increase awareness of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and reduce the prevalence of undiagnosed, chronic HBV infection and susceptibility among Asian/Pacific Islander (API) adults in the D/FW metroplex through education, free screenings, follow-up, and provision of treatment resources to the API population.
Families in Training for Health (FIT)
FIT for Health is a student-run childhood obesity intervention program that guides at-risk families selected by the Irving ISD through lessons in nutrition and physical activity for eight weeks at the Irving YMCA. Students work closely with the recruited families as they learn about healthy behaviors and make needed lifestyle changes. The program runs in the fall, spring, and summer. Opportunities for involvement include teaching children, teaching parents, and a variety of committee positions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the student contacts for more information.
Frontera de Salud
Frontera de Salud was established in the summer of 2011 at UT Southwestern as a community service project. The 2007-2010 recession – the most significant economic contraction seen since WW II – combined with cuts to services in under-served areas of Texas has forced many communities to rely on publicly funded clinics for regular medical care. While government funding used to cover a large proportion of the services such clinics provided, the current budget deficit has resulted in cuts that affect the most vulnerable. State-run agencies have been asked to cut their operating budgets by 10% percent. The Department of State and Health Services anticipates a 50 percent reduction in the number of children vaccinated at public clinics, while eliminating all dental services (which would impact approximately 9,000 children). It is estimated that more than 25,000 fewer people will have access to the state Primary Care Program; the South Texas Health Care Facility predicts filling 49,000 fewer prescriptions and performing almost 6,000 fewer procedures in the upcoming year. The working poor, those who cannot afford insurance but earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and are too young for Medicare, are most significantly impacted by these cuts. To serve these patients, Frontera de Salud, currently based in the Rio Grande Valley, works through local community health centers to provide basic services ranging from gynecological exams to diabetes screening. The UTSW chapter hopes to extend the reach of such services and this model of care to the North Texas region with the mission of alleviating the burden on public health clinics and making cost-effective preventative health care available to those in need.
Founded at UT Southwestern in fall 2011, we are a chapter of Galapagos ICE (Immerse, Connect, Evolve), the US 501(c)(3) international charity based on the Galapagos Islands dedicated to medical, educational, and conservational initiatives on the islands. Founded in fall 2011, we work in collaboration with the medical campaign of Galapagos ICE. The communities in the Galapagos are very much lacking in medical care due to the small size of the islands and the distance from the mainland. Medical staff and specialists are in desperate shortage, and health education is also badly needed. Galapagos ICE works to send a group of UT Southwestern physicians and students to the Galapagos Islands during spring break to hold a week-long clinic. In addition, medical students and physicians help to educate patients on preventative healthcare practices and conduct a health and nutrition research study to better understand the state of healthcare on the Galapagos Islands.
HOPE Notes, founded in spring 2013, works to brighten patients' stays at Parkland. Our patients more often than not have no social support for their chronic and debilitating illnesses. It can get depressing to be in a hospital room with no visitors, and so HOPE Notes was created to provide a solution. We are a group of medical students who create artwork, photographs, encouraging cards, etc., and distribute them to patients in Parkland. We also make them available to upperclassmen in the hospital who wish to do the same. We will be meeting once a month to make and once a month to distribute, and also doing any work we would like on our own time. HOPE Notes was named to rhyme with SOAP Notes, the patient summaries that doctors and medical students write up. HOPE stand for Humor, Optimism, Perspective, and Empathy - offering all of which is the goal of our work!
Immunization Initiative at NDSM (Immini)
Founded in fall 2012, IMMINI is an organization dedicated to promoting the practice of immunization and providing such services to the underserved through partnership with North Dallas Shared Ministries (NDSM).
Medical Brigades at UT Southwestern
Medical Brigades works with licensed medical professionals and community health workers to provide to provide comprehensive health services for underserved communities. Students spend the week of spring break to run a local clinic, participating in intake, triage, and medical consultation under the direction of a doctor, and delivering education workshops on preventive healthcare. Through this service, students will help provide sustainable healthcare to a community in need while gaining invaluable and relevant medical experience.
The MedPals Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing healthcare professionals a platform through which to donate their time and expertise in their communities. Our chapter of MedPals allows medical students to spend quality time with chronically ill children and hopes to evolve into a comprehensive medical philanthropy organization. Our mission is furthered by fostering compassion and volunteerism in the future doctors of America and focuses on organizing recreational events for chronically and terminally ill children.
The mission of The Monday Clinic is to provide high-quality free medical care to the underserved population of North Dallas regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or ability to pay; to provide an interactive learning environment for medical students, thereby allowing them to develop clinical, organizational, and leadership skills; to instill in students a lifelong commitment of service to the community and others in need; and to introduce medical students to the needs of the uninsured.
Monday Clinic Mental Health Screening Project
Founded in fall 2011, the mission of the Mental Health Screening Project is to provide quality mental health screenings for the patients at the Monday Clinic. We also give medical students the opportunity to become more comfortable taking a psychiatric history by volunteering as a MS1/MS2 and a MS3/MS4.
No One Dies Alone (NODA)
The No One Dies Alone program was founded in 2001 by Sandra Clarke, an ICU nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene, Oregon. In 2011 Evan Ross, John Matt Hancock, and Mark Yurewicz started the UT Southwestern chapter of NODA in one wing of the hospital. Under their direction and with the help of medical student volunteers, it has since expanded to serve all of Parkland. The goal of the No One Dies Alone Program is just that - to provide a human presence in hospital rooms for patients with no friends or relatives to share their final moments. For a typical vigil, nursing staff identifies a patient who is expected to die imminently and is not accompanied by family or friends. The nurse will obtain consent from the patient if possible, or will make the decision as the patient's advocate. Unit staff will page the on-call NODA coordinator who will activate the NODA system and alert NODA volunteers.
NODA has operated as a branch of the Palliative Care Interest Group in the past, but is now a separate and independently run student organization. For more information about us and the process of sitting a vigil as a volunteer, please visit our information page on the PCIG website.
The Patient's Library
Founded in 2012, The Patients Library seeks to provide books, magazines, art materials, and audiobooks to patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital. The goals of this project are to prevent loneliness and boredom in chronically hospitalized patients, promote literacy, and encourage quality interaction between patients and students/hospital staff. The project is still in its infancy, so right now the focus is on fundraising, book drives, and promotion.
Founded in summer 2012, Refuge Guatemala is a student organization dedicated to providing healthcare to the population of rural Guatemala that would otherwise find it inaccessible or unaffordable. The organization will send a team of students and faculty on a spring break trip to work in a small, understaffed Guatemalan hospital. The team will work along with hospital staff to perform surgeries and provide care in a clinical setting to the local indigent population. Participating students will receive invaluable medical experience, exposure to the local Hispanic and Mayan cultures, and hopefully have their eyes opened to the joys of international medical service.
REMEDY at UT Southwestern was founded by the Alpha Omega Alpha members of the class of 2010. The organization is dedicated to actively promoting the recovery of unused medical supplies for the purpose of global aid, waste reduction, and cost effectiveness.
Sierra Leone Education Enrichment Program (SLEEP)
The Sierra Leone Educational Enrichment Project (SLEEP) is a not-for-profit corporation (501(c)3) incorporated in New York and based out of Harvard, Duke, USC, and recently UTSW, which focuses on improving primary, secondary, and post-secondary education in Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries on Earth (GDP per capita). SLEEP at UTSW is working to build the only library at the only medicine and sciences school in Sierra Leone, where the most recent documents date to 1987. We are looking for donations of textbooks, journals, CDs, DVDs, and other relevant medical and science materials that can help train doctors in Sierra Leone. Be a part of our collection programs here on campus! Together, let's help make Sierra Leone's dream of a better tomorrow come true.
The Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD) Lectures Organization, a function of the Texas Medical Association, is a group composed of medical students, health professionals, and graduate students committed to providing educational presentations on STDs in Dallas-area middle and high schools. Our goal is to supply students with the information they need to protect themselves in order to prevent the spread of STDs in Dallas schools and communities.
Ti Pa Ti Pa – Haiti Service Trip
Ti Pa Ti Pa (Little by Little) is a student organization dedicated to contributing to progress in Haitian healthcare. We send students during the week of spring break on a mission trip to rural Haiti where they will work in local clinics and see patients of their own. The students will be fortifying their skills of history-taking and performing full physicals. They will also get a chance to experience the ways of a culture different from ours and be exposed to medical conditions that one might never have the opportunity of encountering in the U.S. The organization holds fundraisers, including the famous annual date auction, as well as Haitian coffee sales.
Union Gospel Mission Clinics – Calvert Place and Center of Hope
Started as a student organization in the fall 2013 to provide services for the mission of the Union Gospel Mission (UGM) clinics. These clinics serve the homeless by treating them at the three free weekly medical clinics located at Calvert Place (a men’s shelter) or at the Center of Hope (a women’s and children’s shelter). Medical Students, residents, PA students and other volunteers come together to accomplish this goal.
United to Serve
Each year, UT Southwestern holds a health fair benefiting students and their families in the surrounding community. This United to Serve event, which has been held at T.J. Rusk Middle School, is geared toward bringing awareness of important medical health issues to the community. Activities include medical health screenings, presentations, and demonstrations about important health issues, fun activities for the kids, and more. The event is conducted as part of the UT System's United to Serve campaign, in which all UT System schools participate in a single day of service.