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.


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

For more information all 409-772-5151 or email

  • An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure:  The St. Vincent's/Luke Society Preventive Dental Health Clinic Collaboration

    Anthony Nguyen, School of Medicine Student
    Jaspreet Sodhi, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Student
    Jay Truitt, MD, PhD, PharmD
    Barbara Slusher, MSW, PA-C, DFAAPA
    Physician Assistant Studies

    In 2014, the President's Cabinet supported the creation of St. Vincent's Dental Clinic for basic dental services to Galveston's indigent, uninsured and under insured populations.  Since the program's inception, the clinic has modestly addressed the need for end-stage dental services by treating oral infections through tooth extractions and antibiotics.  This new project will expand current services by establishing a new preventive dental health clinic that will offer oral health education, dental exams and cleanings, fluoride varnish and seal applications for adults and children.  The goal is to prevent new tooth/oral infections, reduce dental decay, decrease the need for antibiotics and improve overall health.

  • De-escalation and Response to a Violent Event

    Katherine Golden Beck, RN, MS
    Jennifer Bledsoe, RN, BSN
    Ambulatory Services

    Workplace violence incidents are on the rise and are the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States.  Employers and employees are ill prepared and unable to respond swiftly in the aftermath of these events. Experts agree that proper training and access to medical response resources can lead to a reduction in fatalities.  This project will work with Galveston Police Department Sgt. Destin Sims and the NEAR program to provide training for emergency staff on how to recognize, de-escalate and respond to aggressive behavior.  Bleeding management kits will be distributed to 80 UTMB clinics and staff will receive training on how to use the kits and where each should be located within the clinics.

  • Disaster Day - Preparing for Community Safety

    Kelsie Carpenter, School of Nursing Student
    Ashley Kwartler, School of Nursing Student
    Kaitlyn McMahon, School of Nursing Student
    Shelley Smith, MEd
    Interprofessional Education

    Disaster Day is a student-led exercise designed to recreate an emergency scenario where students and members of the community act as first responders and patients.  This simulation aims to prepare health care students for catastrophic events, allows them to practice skills they are learning in class and fosters interprofessional teamwork.  This program, in conjunction with the Galveston County Community Emergency Response Team, teaches students to successfully manage disasters while preparing them to act as a community resource.  President's Cabinet funds will be used to purchase simulation and casting/molding supplies and related equipment for a two-year period.

  • Realizing UTMB's Institutional Vision through 100 Kitchen Gardens and Door-to-Door Compost

    Victor Sierpina, MD
    Anna Fields, School of Medicine Student
    Mercedez Hernandez, School of Medicine Student
    Jessica Stauber, School of Medicine Student
    Daniel White, School of Medicine Student
    Family Medicine

    Food insecurity is an unreliable access to affordable and nutritious food.  Rates of food insecurity in Galveston exceed national and state averages.  A partnership between UTMB, the UTMB Greenies Gardening Club and Seeding Galveston will work with at-risk residents to build and maintain backyard and neighborhood gardens.  The program will also establish a compost pick-up program designed to generate a cost-effective alternative to conventional garden fertilizer.

  • The Care Closet

    Rebecca Castro, LCSW
    Savannah Parks, MEd, LBSW
    Health Resource Center

    Unexpected health crises often mean patients and their families are unprepared for hospital stays, and many find themselves in need of food, clothing, personal hygiene products and laundry services.  Through the creation of The Care Closet at the John Sealy Annex, patients will have access to such items and will be provided with information and referrals to community resources.  Two adjoining rooms will be dedicated within the hospital for laundry services and food storage.  The project will be sustained through partnerships with the Galveston County Food Bank and the Salvation Army of Galveston County.

  • The Mother and Babies Course

    Souby George, MSN, RNC-MNN, CKC
    Sara Nowakowski, PhD, CBMS
    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    In an effort to provide mental health treatment for new mothers who may be experiencing perinatal depression, the Mother and Babies Course will launch a new clinical service within UTMB's pediatric clinics.  This course will be facilitated by psychologists, nurses and lactation consultants trained to address issues surrounding motherhood.  President's Cabinet funds will be used to purchase instructor manuals, equipment, supplies and marketing materials.

  • UTMB League City Campus Patient Navigation and Health Resource Center

    Sylvia Campbell, RN, BSN
    Savannah Parks, MEd, LBSW
    Lauren Michelle Thierry, MHA
    Patient Navigation and Support

    Studies show that low income and elderly patients with complex life-altering health diagnoses often have trouble accessing adequate health care.  Some may lack transportation, are unfamiliar with the hospital system, lack insurance or are unable to afford medication.  Those barriers ultimately may lead to a poor quality of life and unfavorable health outcomes.  In an effort to improve hospital access, the UTMB League City Campus Patient Navigation and Health Resource Center will provide patient education, dedicated navigation team support, community outreach, enhanced communication and increased access to multidisciplinary care.

  • UTMB Stroke Program Proposal - Advanced Stroke Life Support Classes

    Brenda Yanez, RN, BSN
    Julia Anderson, BSN, RN, CCRN
    Jennifer Higgs, MSN, RN, CEN
    Georgia Emily Motter, RN, BSN
    Briana Sowell, MSN, RN, CEN, TCRN
    Hospital Administration

    Since 2016, more than 100 nurses and emergency medical services (EMS) staff have attended the Advanced Stroke Life Support class.  UTMB is the first academic center in Texas to serve as a training site for this certification.  The university has noticed an increase in the number of stroke patients who are brought to the emergency department via EMS rather than a personal vehicle.  This might indicate an increased awareness that being transported by ambulance means quicker treatment for stroke patients.  Due to the program's success, President's Cabinet funds will support training for an additional instructor and educational materials to certify an additional 200 per-hospital and hospital providers.

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