PHAST Spring Break 2014

PHAST (Public Health Action Support Team)  is an interdisciplinary extracurricular student group that helps health departments and community organizations with short-term public health related projects.  It gives students the chance to apply and adapt classroom knowledge while tackling real world public health issues. For the 2014 Spring Break, student volunteers are traveling to Grenada and  South Texas.

In Grenada, ten SPH students will work on one of three public health projects:

  • At the Spice Island Resort, a PHAST team returns to Spice Island resort to implement recommendations from the PHAST survey of hotel workers conducted there in 2013. Read about the students’ experiences, and their development of short health education modules.
  • At the Grenada Planned Parenthood Association, a PHAST team examines data and develops health education materials for women with late stage cervical cancer.
  • Four students are working at the Grenada Ministry of Education-Drug Control Secretariat to help formulate the country’s national alcohol policy. They will be meeting with the chief medical officer of the country on Monday to launch their project. Dr. Cecilia Younger, who visited SPH in 2013 as a scholar in residence, helped to facilitate this project.

In South Texas, 13 students will work in partnership with the University of Texas Pan-American, University of Texas School of Public Health – Brownsville, and Cameron County Department of Health and Human Services. Projects, which are largely survey and interview based, will be related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the use of electronic personal health records, community assessments, and the public’s awareness of public health topics and services. 

The PHAST students will be accompanied by faculty and staff from the Office of Public Health Practice and the SPH Office of Global Public Health.


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