TMA Foundation Board of Trustees approved the following grants to projects of TMA Medical Student Chapters in support of its Medical Student Community Leadership Grants Program.
Health Circus; Texas A&M HSC-COM/TMA Student Chapter: The primary goal of Health Circus seeks to immunize the children of the Brazos Valley. Services provided during the daylong event(s) include: Health screenings and physicians for both children and adults, health education in nutrition, tobacco abuse, drug/alcohol abuse, healthy living and glucose screenings. Health Circus also provides an arena for community agencies (MADD, Stand Tall Against Tobacco, Phoebe’s Home, Hard Hats for Little Heads, Twin City Mission, etc.) to provide information to parents about services.
Healthy Kids Initiative; UT-Houston AMA/TMA Chapter: An 8-week program will be held at the DePelchin’s Children Center in Houston involving 10-20 children who are between foster homes or have been removed from an unsafe home and are currently residents of the center. Medical students will present lectures covering topics over nutrition education with classroom information derived from the 2010 USDA “Dietary guideline for Americans,” covering aspects such as increasing/decreasing certain foods/nutrients, making healthy choices and eating patterns, calorie balance, and participating in making a healthy meal in correlation with physical activities or working in the community garden. Three of the lectures will cover other health topics such as preventable diseases (cardiovascular, hypertension, cancer and osteoporosis), tobacco/alcohol cessation/prevention, and benefits of increasing physical activity in place of a sedentary lifestyle.
See a list of all previous Medical Student Leadership and Medical Community Grants.