25 teens from South Texas communities to learn about tackling obesity, entering health professions

WHAT: The Learn, Lead and Advance to New Opportunity (LLANO) Field Experience is a college encounter to train young people from South Texas about obesity and its resulting health problems. The group will focus on health professions career opportunities, gain heightened awareness of obesity as a health concern in their towns, design a service-learning project to be delivered during the year, and develop leadership capabilities and skills to attend college. Students and teachers will spend a week in sessions at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and on field trips to the Haven for Hope facility for the homeless and Sea World Texas’ health facility.

WHEN: The week of July 27 to 31.
Best visuals are the students placing breathing tubes and listening to breathing sounds in the respiratory care session from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 28, and learning how to do sutures and casts in the physician assistant studies session from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Call External Affairs to find out what is happening at other times.

WHERE: The School of Health Professions Building on the Greehey Academic and Research Campus of the UT Health Science Center, 8403 Floyd Curl Drive in the South Texas Medical Center. Please call External Affairs if you intend to cover a session.

WHO: The LLANO course will benefit 25 high school students from Brackettville, Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, La Pryor and Zapata, who will be accompanied by one teacher from each town. LLANO is supported by a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board grant.

NOTES: The teenagers will learn about these fields: dietetics/nutrition, respiratory care, deaf education and hearing science, clinical laboratory sciences, dental hygiene, dental laboratory science, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, emergency health sciences and physical therapy.



The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $668 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $16.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $36 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 26,400 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and other health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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