June 3, 2022
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Spotlight on Students
Ball High School Vaping Harm Reduction Program
Leonard Wang and Manjushree Shanmugasundaram are partnering with Teen Health Center, Inc. to deliver a theory-based, evidence informed nicotine prevention program that engages youth in discussions around
vaping through the use of motivational interviewing and dissonance-enhancing techniques. Ultimately, the project aims to increase student knowledge of tobacco/nicotine products and awareness of strategies used by manufacturers to engage adolescent
consumers and improve their vaping refusal skills.
The Migrant Health and Advocacy Project
Jasmine Chaij and Yara Samman: This project is intended to serve the migrant community of the Greater Houston Area and tackle the main obstacles that the migrant population have in receiving primary care and ensure they
establish a relationship with the HOPE clinic.
Madeline Bonnet and Sheldon McCown are addressing mental and physical disabilities in Galveston by working with Camp PossAbilities in collaboration with the Christina Sullivan Foundation. They are working with student volunteers to train them on how to
create adaptive equipment as well as creating relationships with the athletes by cooking with them each week. The goal is to increase physical health through sports participation and healthy cooking while simultaneously helping the participants become
more confident and independent.
Spotlight on Faculty Activities
UTMB alumnus, Dr. Rahul Suresh (GSBS ’17 – MPH)
Has been named President of Space Medicine Association.
UTMB alumnus Dr. Serena Aunon-Chancellor (GSBS ’06 – MPH)
Alejandro Villasante-Tezanos, PhD
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