Jessica's Project: St. Philip's College Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy Awareness Campaign
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Solomon Nfor - Science Instructor | (210) 486-2754 | firstname.lastname@example.org | Maricella Ortiz - Senior Secretary, Natural Sciences Department | (210) 486-2370 | email@example.com
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SAN ANTONIO (June 24, 2013)––– St. Philip's College invites all to attend its first teen and unplanned pregnancy awareness event July 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the college's Campus Center building at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive. Event admission and parking are both free. For details, contact science instructor Solomon Nfor, at (210) 486-2754, email email@example.com.
The 15 instructors and more than 90 students in this project decided to enhance their evidence-based awareness campaign by arranging site visits from the staffs of several community organizations and one of the nation’s larger medical simulation facilities. Located a few hundred feet from the event site, the staff of the St. Philip's College Dr. Frank Bryant, Jr., Patient Simulation Center and Nursing Laboratories will deploy computerized mannequins normally used by college nursing students for evidence-based study of childbirth in the delivery room environment to demonstrate a pregnant mother delivering her newborn for visitors during the July 3 event, according to Nfor, the college's organizer for the classroom series known as Jessica's Project.
"We're sharing our best delivery room simulation technology to educate our young with current evidence on the pros and cons of becoming a parent," said nursing-biology student Kathia Salas. "We hope to open their eyes and elevate their sense of self-worth when they visit," Salas said.
"Our aspiration is to generate enough interest to curb teen pregnancy in our community and institution by educating our students and using evidence while sensitizing the community on this issue," said Nfor.
According to Nfor, education and outreach on teen and unplanned pregnancy are an element of the 115-year-old college's larger commitment to transforming socio-economic conditions for residents surrounding its main campus by improving education opportunities, health care, and health and wellness. The July 3 element of the college’s commitment involves 15 faculty members including Nfor, and specialists with responsibilities for service learning and community outreach in science, technology, engineering and math, explained Nfor.
“Ninety of my students will prepare posters and videos to educate visitors, including 75 students from Girls Inc. of San Antonio who will tour our institution while attending our program on July 3,” said Nfor. “The hope is that we begin to generate enough student and resident interest to work together with evidence to curb teen pregnancy in our community," Nfor said.
About Jessica’s Project: Jessica's Project is a two-year-old series of annual classroom events that have engaged hundreds of St. Philip's College nutrition, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, biology, and health sciences students with the community to address a health issue through an evidence-based program. Students learn about the impact of nutrition on health as they raise awareness on campus and in their community. Past projects have addressed spina bifida, cardiovascular health, Celiac disease, gastroparesis, and Crohn's disease. The project draws its current name from the first child that the students collaborated with, who suffered from Celiac disease. She inspired an instructor at the college to develop an evidence-based classroom project to raise awareness by students and members of the community. The community partners in the July 3 Jessica's Project event are City of San Antonio (Project WORTH), Girls Inc. of San Antonio, Healy-Murphy Center and Seton Home.