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Added Valor: UTRGV hosts collaborative Community Engagement and Interprofessional Education Summit

Dr. John Ronnau, senior associate dean for Interprofessional Education at the UTRGV School of Medicine

Dr. John Ronnau, senior associate dean for Interprofessional Education at the UTRGV School of Medicine, addresses university and community members at the Valor Community Engagement and Interprofessional Education Summit on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Edinburg. The meeting brought together university officials and community leaders to discuss how they can expand their collaboration. (UTRGV Photo by Silver Salas)

By Jennifer L. Berghom

EDINBURG, TEXAS – SEPT. 29, 2017 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine and the Division of Governmental and Community Relations on Friday, Sept. 29, hosted the Valor Community Engagement and Interprofessional Education Summit, bringing together community organizations and university faculty to discuss how to expand their collaboration.

The summit, held at UTRGV’s Community Engagement and Student Success Building (CESS) in Edinburg, included panel discussions with university officials, the Hidalgo County Department of Health and Human Services and other partners, addressing what projects UTRGV is involved in to serve the needs of the community. They also discussed how they can collaborate further and encourage more university and community members to get involved.

One of the panels included representatives from the six communities that have formed partnerships with UTRGV through the university’s Valor/Community-University Partnership Hubs, to discuss the projects the university and communities have taken on to improve the health and well-being of their respective areas.

UTRGV, the School of Medicine and the Division of Governmental and Community relations created Valor to give students from all disciplines an opportunity to work with communities on projects that serve the special needs of each community. The cities involved are Alamo, Alton  and La Feria, the communities of San Carlos and La Victoria, and Proyecto Desarrollo Humano in Peñitas.

Valor topics also included resources UTRGV has that are available to the university and the Valley community, such as the Engagement Zone and the Office of Interprofessional Education’s newsletter, to learn how they can learn more about the interprofessional initiatives and become involved.

Learn more about the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Office of Interprofessional Education.

ABOUT UTRGV

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.

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