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Faculty and students in the UA Athletic Training Program launched the Traveling Athletic Training Camp in the Hale County school system. This project is funded by the Ethnic Diversity Advisory Committee of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. The purpose of this project is to increase exposure and awareness of athletic training across the black belt counties of Alabama. Students who attended from Hale County High School and Greensboro High School got hands on experience with taping, splinting, emergency care, and nutrition/hydration.
Hands in Health and the Delta Xi chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma have been selected to collaborate as one of only four anchor organizations at the Student Community Engagement Center, (SCEC). Newly-created student organization, Hands in Health, provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities for gaining experience in health-related areas while Eta Sigma Gamma is a national health education honor society. Both organizations have been recognized as leaders in community engagement efforts and for promoting the field of public health which, as current events demonstrate, is especially relevant at this time.
Eta Sigma Gamma was invited to join the SCEC in its inaugural year last year as one of one of only six groups of students to have an office and storage space in the SCEC facility in Capital Hall. The SCEC, located within the Center for Community-Based Partnerships (CCBP) at Capital Hall, is designed to facilitate synergy and cross-disciplinary collaboration among student organizations and their community partners to address critical, community-identified needs. More than just a space, the SCEC is meant to give students a place to do real-world work and engage in a student-run environment that can develop genuine relationships with organizations in the Tuscaloosa community.
Among other things, this opportunity will allow HIH and ESG to:
Anchor organizations are asked to re-apply for each academic year, and student organizations may choose to apply collaboratively which is exactly what HIH and ESG did. HIH president, Devin O’Neal, composed a compelling application and the organizations were awarded anchor organization status for the coming year. This is a great honor and privilege and shows once again that UA’s Center for Community Based Partnerships recognizes CHES students’ outstanding commitment to community engagement and public health.