The students will hold 10 to 15 community education sessions to share information with underserved Omahans on how to recognize mental illness and where to get help.
The Helping Hands Grant program, which awarded grants to nine universities across the country, raises awareness of mental illness and the importance of early recognition.
|Medical students involved in the grant are, from left, Caitlin Mohr, Elizabeth Penner and Ruthri Goodwin. Not pictured but also involved with the grant is Nancy Hong.|
This year, programs will take place in various locations around Omaha and focus on the black, Latino and homeless populations.
The first event will be held during the American Medical Association Medical Student Section health fair on Jan. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the UNMC Center for Health Living.
Programs also will be included during the following events:
- Black Family Health and Wellness Association Health Fair -- March 27, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., North High School, 4410 N. 36th St.; and
- NAMI Walk -- June 12 at 9 a.m., Elmwood Park.
Other events (dates and times to be announced) will include the Body and Soul event at four North Omaha churches, as well as two barbershops and a south Omaha forum.
"This is something that is really exciting for us," Goodwin said. "It underscores why we got into medical school -- to help people."
Funding is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Students, faculty or staff who would like to volunteer for the project can contact Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.