The University of Tulsa
Erin Anderson, Speech-Language Pathology
Erin’s project addresses the emotional needs of siblings of children with special needs.
Community Site: The Little Lighthouse.
Alec Bracken, Law
Alec’s project teaches children of undocumented immigrants and those effected by immigration issues how to be advocates for their parents and how to realize their own voices on immigration issues.
Community Site: Will Rogers High School in partnership with Communities in Schools.
Alex Button, Nursing
Alex’s project focuses on connecting people who have low health literacy with educational tools in order to improve the rate at which they take their medications.
Community Site: Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless.
Katie Nelson, Speech-Language Pathology
Katie’s project provides foundational literacy skills for children and families to promote increased literacy activities in the home.
Community Site: Kendall-Whittier Elementary School in partnership with Communities in Schools
Mollie Rischard Kimrey, Clinical Psychology
Mollie’s project is a trauma-focused group psychotherapy program with children to address their symptoms of post-traumatic stress and promote resiliency.
Community Site: Positive Changes
Oklahoma State University
Brendon Glon, Counseling Psychology
Jess White, Counseling Psychology
Brendon and Jess’s Schweitzer project is the launch and pilot of a mental health referral and help line for LGBTQ+ Oklahomans. The project’s aim is to not only increase access to mental health resources for this population but also provide specialized, culturally competent training in LGBTQ+ issues for master’s level interns.
Community Site: Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
Patrick Grayshaw, Human Development and Family Science
Patrick’s project aims to engage a diverse group of residents to address their common health needs, in a way that facilitates action planning and asset-based community engagement.
Community Site: North Tulsa Community Coalition
University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
Iman Chaudhry, OU-TU School of Community Medicine
Ashley Sells, College of Allied Health
Iman and Ashley’s project provides fitness and nutrition classes for Muslim women in the Tulsa area so they become empowered to take a more active role in their health.
Community Site: YMCA
Ashten Duncan, OU-TU School of Community Medicine
Ashten’s project aims to leverage hope in Tulsa’s chronically and transiently homeless in order to promote more successful transitions to stable housing situations.
Community Site: Mental Health Association of Oklahoma.
Leslie Briggs, University of Tulsa College of Law
Leslie’s project will introduce restorative justice practices to public high school students in Tulsa who have been involved in school-based conflicts. The project will introduce stress and anger management tools and enable students to re-focus on restoring the harm caused. The goal of the project is to lower rates of school suspension, drop-outs and incarceration.
Community Site: Communities in Schools
Athena Chatzigiannidis, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athena’s project seeks to address nutritional needs and classroom confidence issues with 5th grade refugee students and their families. The project will involve a mentorship program focused on developing and caring for an after-school community garden.
Community Site: Jenks East Intermediate School
Mary Clancy, University of Tulsa, Speech Language Pathology
Mary’s project will enable homeless women living in transitional housing to gain the skills and confidence to be active in their children’s learning and education. The project will involve classes on language development, language stimulation, and parental involvement in homework.
Community Site: Lindsey House
Ekene Ezenwa and Raye Reeder, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine
Ekena and Raye’s project provides health education and mentorship to high schoolers. Ekena and Ray will work with high school students to create health education workshops for middle school students. This initiative will help high schoolers develop confidence in their leadership and experiences with health education intended to shape their lifelong health.
Community Site: Carrera Adolescent Prevention Program at Union Public Schools
Sunshine Graham, Langston University Rehabilitation Counselling and Disability Studies
Sunshine’s project involves psychoeducation and group therapy to support people with diabetes or pre-diabetes who have physical challenges. The goal of the project is for participants to gain control of their disease and achieve self-efficacy.
Community Site: The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
Ashley Harvey and Brooke Tuttle, Oklahoma State University Human Development and Family Science
Ashley and Brooke’s project will promote family cohesion, positive communication, and family problem-solving for justice-involved youth and their families. The project will focus on family bonding, consistent parenting, family values, communication and smooth transition from the justice system to the home environment.
Community Site: Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau
Devin Howell, University of Tulsa School of Art
Devin’s project will be an art program that coincides with group therapy for women who are working through addiction. The goals of the project are to empower women through learning new skills, to help foster a sense of community and support, and provide an environment where the participants feel free to explore their creative expression.
Community Site: Resonance Center for Women
Emily Kibler, University of Tulsa Speech Language Pathology
Emily’s project will provide foster parents and parents with children in the foster care system with the education, resources, and support to create a healthy home environment that supports early prevention and intervention of speech, language, and literacy development in their children.
Community Site: The Parent Child Center of Tulsa
Christopher McNeil, University of Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher’s project addresses food insecurity among high school students in North Tulsa. His project uses fitness, nutrition, and entrepreneurship to help students thrive in their environment. The goal of the project is improve eating habits and give students the skills to solve problems creatively and sustain healthy lifestyle habits.
Community Site: McLain High School
MacGyver Norris and Kristin Faucett, University of Oklahoma College of Allied Health, Physical Therapy and College of Allied Health, Occupational Therapy
Kristin and MacGyver’s project targets children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Through this project, they will target both the physical and mental aspects of health in order to counter the effects of chemotherapy treatments. Their goal is to allow their participants to finish treatment not just free of cancer, but also healthy.
Community Site: Tandy YMCA and St. Jude Affiliate Clinic at St. Francis Children’s Hospital
Mayra Salazar-Valdiva, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Mayra’s project will educate, support, and empower patients dealing with diabetes and hypertension in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. The goal of her project is to support her participants to make healthier choices and effectively manage their illnesses.
Community Site: Sequoyah Memorial Hospital
Paul Abbey and Meredith Wyatt, Oklahoma University College of Allied Health, Occupational Therapy
Paul and Meredith have developed and are teaching student leadership workshops and student-identified and directed civic projects to reduce truancy behaviors, increase conflict avoidance and resolution skills, and enhance well-being among vulnerable youth.
Zach’s project, called S.T.E.P. (Support and Tutoring Enrichment Program), provides families living in transitional housing with 1:1 tutoring services for adolescents and monthly enrichment seminars for older teens and adults, addressing topics such as budget management, parenting support, and resume building.
Vanessa started a diabetes prevention program for Latinos that focuses on the patients’ central role in managing their health.
Shannon developed and is running a Deaf Teen Club that addresses isolationism among participants, as well as increases self-esteem, community involvement, leadership, and hope for the future.
Tim is working with fourth- and fifth-grade Tulsa Public Schools after-school programs to teach health literacy through weekly lessons in math, language arts, science, and physical education using a curriculum developed by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health called Eat Well & Keep Moving.
James is bridging primary and behavioral health care services for underserved patients in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood and surrounding areas.
Olivia connects patients with community resources, wellness tools, and the healthcare system in order to compel families to be more active participants in their health.
Michael has established a diabetes medical education program to support Tulsa’s homeless population in diabetes management, and provide an outlet for the clients to address their challenges and obstacles.
Danielle has created and is implementing a program to help veterans strengthen parenting skills and gain developmentally appropriate knowledge about what to expect from their children.
Community Site: The Coffee Bunker: A place for veterans to connect