The Department of Pharmacology faculty, staff and students participate in a variety of Community Outreach Programs, both locally and nationally, some University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio sponsored. These various Outreach programs include science and non-science related activities, from the campus Science Expo held each year, to the Gifts for Children Program at Christmas, to volunteering in other cities while attending functions or meetings. These 'volunteers' can spend numerous hours supporting various causes and contributing to the community by serving these orginizations, clubs or groups.
Below is a list of Pharmacology Community Outreach participants and the programs they help support...
Jeri Silva - Methodist Hospital - Blue Bird Auxiliary - Labor and Delivery
Methodist Healthcare San Antonio volunteers, whom are affectionately referred to as the “Blue Birds” are a family of dedicated, caring, happy people. The talents and skills that they bring to their goodwill hospital jobs enrich the lives of the patients and visitors. Membership is open to all those who are interested in giving of themselves to help others, regardless of race, religion, color, creed or disability.
Jeri also volunteers at nursing homes with A*Med Healthcare Group where some of her activities include transportation, including medical appointments, emotional support and social activities.
Joel Hager - Gifts for Children - Nov/Dec Annually
This program has been around about 28+ years and it started when the UTHSCSA wanted to do something for the community at Christmas time. The idea of helping children in the hospitals, where our residents and students trained during the holiday period, is how this was created. Since then, the GFC program has grown; last year we were able to deliver over 4,200+ items to the hospitals and clinics.
Jennifer Noy - Junior League of San Antonio
The Junior League of San Antonio is the premier women’s volunteer organization, where women work together to build a better community through leadership and community service. Supporting the San Antonio community through volunteer work and grants to partner organizations, The Junior League of San Antonio benefits women, children and families city-wide. This year Jennifer is working at the Clarity Child Guidence Center, a psychiatric hospital for children, where every other week she does crafts, reading, activities and more with the children. They are currently working on building a vegetable garden for the children.
David Morilak, Ph.D. and Jason O'Connor, Ph.D. - Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy
The vision of the Max and Minnie Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy is to provide an immersive biomedical research education and college preparatory program for San Antonio high school students. The Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy will partner the very best high school freshman students from the San Antonio and surrounding school districts with outstanding biomedical scientists from the UT Health San Antonio to promote excellence in scholarship and biomedical research training for a 3 year period. Dr. Morilak has been involved in the program since 2010 and has mentored students from Boerne Champion (Boerne ISD) and Brandeis (NISD) High Schools. Dr. O'Connor has been involved in the program since 2011 has mentored a student from the Young Women Leadership Academy (SAISD) and is currently mentoring two students, one from Brennan High School (NISD) and one from the Health Careers High School (NISD).
Charles France, Ph.D. - Scientific Research and Design (SRD) Program - Health Careers High School (NISD)
The Scientific Research and Design Program is a collaboration with the HSC and Health Careers HS where students work with professionals on a research project for one year and report findings to a panel of scientists as well as other students. These high school students have access to a wealth of basic research and clinical science information through hands-on experiences in the laboratory with cutting-edge scientific techniques. Students are mentored by Dr. France, as well as junior faculty and postdoctoral fellows in his lab. The students conduct experiments, participate in lab meetings and some are even fortunate enough to be listed as authors on published papers. Dr. France has been participating in the program since 2005 and has mentored/co-mentored over a dozen high school students. 'Some of these students use the projects they worked on from here to participate in science fairs', he stated, 'they all go on to terrific places and careers...one recent HCHS student that worked with us is now a sophmore at Harvard!', Dr. France noted.
Cindy Hager - State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) - Sept Annually
Each year the UTHSCSA campus takes part in the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) during the month of September. The SECC allows employees of state agencies, junior and community colleges, and universities throughout Texas to give to many of their favorite charities through an annual workplace giving campaign. One of the great benefits of the SECC is the wide variety of charities and causes represented — there’s something for everyone. They range from small local organizations to large and well-known national and international groups. Each year a departmental SECC Coordinator is chosen to represent the department and manage the departmental contribution process.