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IIMS Community Engagement Hero Awards

This awards program recognizes outstanding individuals who have worked as part of a community and research partnership built on a foundation of reciprocal learning and trust for the improved health and well-being of South Texas communities.  Selected awardees receive a $500 domestic travel award to be used for a future meeting or conference.  Community members, healthcare practitioners, and research faculty, staff, and or trainees who are actively engaged in a community and research partnership dedicated to addressing health priorities in our South Texas region are eligible. The possible award categories include: 
Outstanding Student Award - This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated exceptional commitment and follow-through as part of a community service learning project or internship that has created a tangible benefit for a community and academic partnership. 

Outstanding Community Partner Award - This award recognizes community members who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and devoted their time, talents, and expertise for improving their community’s health and well-being.

Outstanding Research Partner Award - This award recognizes research faculty, staff, and/or trainees who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment for collaboratively developing projects that promote leadership and shared learning to address community health concerns.

Outstanding Community Health Improvement Project - This award recognizes outstanding health improvement projects that address community-identified health concerns.  Single projects or a series of projects focused on a community health priority qualify. 

We are accepting nominations for the 2018 CE Hero Awards Program. To submit your application go to:

Applications are due on August 27, 2018.  

Previous Community Engagement Hero Awardees 

2017 Outstanding Student Award Awardee:   Luyang Jin
Partnership: YMCA, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, and UTHealth School of Public Health

2017 Outstanding Community Partner Award Awardee:  Olga Martínez
Partnership:  Villa Coronado Neighborhood Association and San Antonio Metropolitan Health District

2017 Outstanding Research Partner Awardee: Ana Luiza Allegretti, PhD, OTR
 Partnership:  Morgan’s Wonderland and UT Health San Antonio School of Health Professions

2017 Outstanding Community Health Improvement Project Awardee:  Janna Lesser, RN, PhD – Principal Investigator and the South Texas Area        Health Education Center (AHEC) Program Office (Janna Lesser, Sandra Duggan, Joe Zapata, Andrea Moreno-Vasquez) and the South Texas AHEC Center Directors (Julie Bazan- Mid Rio Grande Border AHEC, Belinda Flores- South Coastal AHEC, Armando Lopez- Lower Rio Grande Valley AHEC,  Rosa Martinez – Southwest Border AHEC, and Paula Winkler – South Central AHEC.)

2016 Outstanding Research Partner Award Awardee: Liem Du, MD
Partnership: University Health System and UT Health San Antonio 

2016 Outstanding Community Partner Award:  Randall V. Sellers, MD
Partnership: South Texas Psychiatric Practice Based Research Network 

2016 Outstanding Student Award:  Travis J. Block 
Partnership: Science Fiesta and the Office of Research, Education, and Mentoring 

2016 Outstanding Community Health Improvement Project Awardee: Margaret Costantino, MA LPC and the Center for Refugee Services