Better health through academic-community partnerships

WHAT: “Better Together: Academic-Community Partnerships to Improve Health,” the fourth annual community service learning conference at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Hundreds of students at the UT Health Science Center spend thousands of hours each year serving their community. The conference, organized by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the UT Health Science Center, highlights some of these efforts and encourages future collaborations between the university and community partners.

Pilar Oates, executive director of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, will give the keynote address, titled “Making the case for community service learning: It’s about you, it’s about them.”

WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2011, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: School of Nursing Hurd Auditorium at the Health Science Center’s Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio.

WHO: Pilar Oates, executive director of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, gives the keynote address at 9:50 a.m.

Additional presentations will be given throughout the day by Health Science Center faculty and community leaders. A complete agenda can be found here.

NOTES: Registration for the conference is full, but members of the media are welcome to attend. Please call Sheila Hotchkin at 210-567-3026 for additional information or assistance.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving U.S. federal funding. Research and other sponsored program activity totaled $228 million in fiscal year 2010. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced approximately 26,000 graduates. The $744 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit

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