Serving Our Community
November 1, 2022 • News
Why community service? “Serve Others First” is one of the values of the UNT Health Science Center. As a school of public health, we strive to live this value and encourage our students to pursue the university’s vision to create solutions for a healthier community. Through community service, our students lend their time and expertise by promoting health in their respective communities.
Each semester, the School of Public Health Office of Academic Services, through Dr. Tessa Bryan, arranges community service opportunities with Fort Worth-based nonprofit organizations to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable community members. This semester we partnered with Tarrant County Food Bank, United Way, American Heart Association- Tarrant County Heart Walk, and The Welman Project to help transfer Fort Worth into a healthier community. Our students are also proactive in seeking volunteer opportunities with other organizations of their choosing. As of October, our School of Public Health student body has completed 281 hours of community service for the Fall 2022 semester.
- 16 students volunteered with Tarrant County Food Bank to sort and distribute food to local communities.
- 18 students participated in the United Way Notecard Project. They created 65 cards full of warm wishes for long-term care residents.
- 11 students volunteer with the day of event logistics for the 2022 American Heart Association- Tarrant County Heart Walk.
- 16 students volunteered with the Welman Project to sort and accept donated classroom/school items.
Last Friday, the Public Health Student Government Association (PHSGA) participated in the HSC Fall Festival. Fall Festival is family event filled with fun fall activities sponsored by HSC departments and student organizations. PHSGA hosted a ring toss activity, giveaways, and treats for attendees.
The next event is the Trinity River Clean Up held on November 4. As part of our commitment to the community, the School of Public Health adopted a section of the Trinity River as a part of the Adopt-A-River Program. In doing so, SPH supports the Adopt-A-River Program’s mission to create a cleaner and more sustainable Trinity River for future generations. A group of faculty, staff, and students will spend the afternoon removing debris from the school’s adopted area. Linda Wolff, Master of Public Health student, organized the Trinity River Clean Up and be co-leading the cleanup effort the day of the event.
SPH will end the year supporting HSC and the Remote Access Medical (RAM) clinic at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center in Dallas, Tx on December 3 & 4, 2022.