Often, the best ideas for improving health in a community come from those who live and work there. Dell Medical School’s Center for Place-Based Initiatives supports these.
By leveraging the resources of The University of Texas at Austin and the surrounding community, leaders of projects identified by the center’s periodic Call for Ideas work with the center’s team to develop plans for implementation, opportunities partnership and funding, and strategies for sustainability, moving ideas from concept to reality.
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center and the Travis Audubon Society are partnering to revitalize Blair Woods Sanctuary, a 10-acre nature sanctuary in East Austin. This collaborative effort will create educational programming and activities for local students and families to encourage kids to get outside, which helps improve both physical and mental health.
The Texas Black Women’s Initiative is pursuing a new health education intervention, K.I.S.S. & TELL, which aims to improve the sexual health and wellness of black women through nontraditional engagement strategies such as watch parties for popular television shows and movies which include sessions that address the rapidly changing landscape of popular culture while highlighting the importance of HIV prevention. The center, in collaboration with the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, is conducting the formative research needed to develop the content and shape of the intervention.
The Peer Mentored Adolescent Mental Health Program is a pilot project to connect high-school students from Eastside Memorial with near peers at The University of Texas at Austin, allowing teens to gain resilience skills and build relationships centered around mental health.
Austin Dental Cares, a mobile dental company that provides care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, knows that many seniors are unable to pay for oral health care services. Working with the Center for Place-Based Initiatives, Austin Dental Cares is creating a nonprofit that will build ways to provide elderly patients access to routine and emergency dental care.