President’s Cabinet Awards 

For more than 30 years, the President's Cabinet has provided a vehicle for UTMB and the community to work together to support these promising initiatives to improve health and well-being.


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Proposals must be received by 4:30 PM, Friday, May 10, 2024.

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  • Cognitive Rehabilitation for Cancer Survivors

    Dr. Theresa Smith
    Karen Ratcliff
    School of Health Professions - Occupational Therapy

    Cancer is a prevalent disease in our society and has a profound impact on a person’s ability to participate in everyday activities and commonly results in mild cognitive impairment. Since cognitive deficits are not currently being addressed in local cancer support groups, this program aims to close this gap by offering a series of group sessions to provide attention and memory strategies, compensation techniques, planning and organization, problem solving skills, and cognitive training. Master’s level students in the UTMB occupational therapy program will run the classes and gain valuable experience in developing, implementing and measuring cognitive rehabilitation outcomes.

  • Empowering Future Generations of Neuroscientists and Health Professions

    Dr. Giulio Taglialatela
    Ashley Nilson
    Michele Comerota
    Andrea Dimet

    For the past three years, UTMB neuroscience students in the Galveston Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) have hosted a Brain Fair to inspire and foster the scientific creativity of Galveston’s youth. At this year’s fair, more than 230 high school and middle school students observed anatomy demonstrations of the brain, rode in a drunk-driving simulator and participated in phantom-limb demonstrations. To continue building upon it’s success, the group will develop more sustainable activities, create reusable materials, build more games, add new events and demonstrations, and conduct a special fair for the children and families at Shriner’s Hospital in Galveston. Community outreach programs with College of the Mainland, Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market and the High Island School District will also be expanded.

  • Establishing the UTMB President's Cabinet Fab Lab at Ball High School

    Maurine Nichols
    Rebecca Trout
    Moody Medical Library and Health Policy and Legislative Affairs

    Due to the success of the MakerNurse Medical MakerHealth Space Lab, supported by a 2015 President’s Cabinet grant, this project seeks to create a similar lab at Galveston’s Ball High School to provide higher level learning experiences to the next generation of healthcare, research and biomedical science workers. This fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) will combine tools and materials for woodworking, metalworking, electronics, robotics, textiles, computers and soft circuits and will become part of the school’s career and technology education program. This dedicated space will also be accessible to middle school students.

  • Health-Fair-Kits-to-Go: Turning Service into Service-Learning

    Dr. Christine Arcari
    Lynda Chowdhury
    Preventive Medicine and Community Health

    Each year, UTMB students volunteer to organize and work at health fairs across Galveston County in order to promote health and prevent disease to a large number of people at a low cost. Educational exhibits, displays, and other resources are lacking and are needed in order for students to effectively communicate the necessary messages for a successful fair. By expanding the current collection of Health-Fair-Kits-to-Go, this project will allow students to effectively assemble kits and utilize strategies to target a chosen client population and focus on specific promotional messages such as oral health, healthy eating, maintaining good posture, etc. Additionally a website will be created to facilitate discussion of health fair experiences and obtain constructive feedback and evaluation from kit users and fair attendees.

  • HOPE Initiative: Mindfulness at St. Vincent's Clinic

    Dr. Karen Aranha
    Jacob Moran
    Elizabeth Wright
    Alison Kelly
    Schools of Health Professions and Medicine

    The Student Healer Association, an interprofessional student organization at UTMB, plans to teach mindfulness meditation techniques for the management of stress, chronic pain and various life changes to patients at St. Vincent’s occupational therapy and psychiatry clinics. Students will be trained on how to help patients become more present, aware and non- judgmental using this affordable and accessible practice of focused attention. Suggested meditation exercises will be provided to users via free phone/web applications or digital CD recordings.

  • Impacting Community Health through Pressure Ulcer Prevention

    Dell Roach
    Dr. Jillian McLaughlin
    Nursing APS and Surgery

    Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs), commonly known as bed sores, affect more than two million people each year and cause significant physical and emotional pain for patients and economic burdens for healthcare facilities. This special surgical intensive care unit quality- improvement intervention program will provide hospital staff, patients and their families with visual cues such as checklists, signage, patient risk bracelets and color pictures in an effort to promote awareness of HAPUs and decrease the number of incidents.

  • Parent-Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program

    Dr. Cara Pennel
    Dr. Juliet McKee
    Naiomi Jamal
    Preventive Medicine and Community Health

    Data from the 2014 Galveston Youth Risk Student Survey indicated that 44.7% of the student respondents in grades 9-12 reported being sexually active. While research shows that parents have the most influence on teens regarding their decisions about sex, parents report being uncomfortable talking to their school-aged children about sex. To increase parent-adolescent communication regarding sexual health, this project will develop and implement a parent-based teen pregnancy prevention program. Classes will be held for parents of children, ages 11-16, with UTMB residents and students overseeing and facilitating each session. Topics will cover teen pregnancy, communication, parental values and teen support. Educational materials will be provided and skills will be taught through group discussions, presentations, videos, role playing and take-home exercises.

  • The BAMBI/School of Nursing Collaborative Project

    Jaquelyn Svoboda
    School of Nursing

    The Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI) at UTMB offers pregnant offenders the opportunity to live with their babies after delivery, rather than sending them away to family or foster care. Typically, mothers in this program have had inadequate breastfeeding education and resources and therefore have low rates of breastfeeding. This School of Nursing initiative seeks to improve maternal bonding through student-led educational sessions that will improve the offender mother’s knowledge of prenatal health and infant care. Nursing students will be paired with mothers to provide support during labor, delivery and postpartum and assist with the facilitation of bonding and breastfeeding.

  • UTMB Adolescent Weight Loss Program

    Dr. Kanika Bowen-Jallow

    Contributing factors of the growing adolescent obesity epidemic include biological, behavioral, cultural and sociopolitical aspects. While there are currently no pediatric clinics dedicated to the workup, management and implementation of a weight loss program for children (ages 12-17), this project proposes the establishment of a single location multidisciplinary clinic at UTMB where adolescents and their parents can meet with a nutritionist, pediatric gastroenterologist, pediatric surgeon, and a personal fitness instructor. Participants will also receive consultations to psychiatry and pediatric endocrinology when necessary.

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