The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that it is now an official facilitator for the Community Action Poverty Simulation.  Join us for our next event, “living on the edge,” scheduled for Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Austin.

What is the “Poverty Simulation”?

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is a unique, interactive experience designed to help participants appreciate what it may be like to live in poverty. Participants will explore the realities of living with a small budget, limited time, and high stress by role-playing as familial units challenged by a specific set of circumstances.  It is designed to help us “re-think” poverty and explore how we as individuals and collectively through our work, our school, or our profession, find new ways to assist those facing disparity everyday.

Participants will also learn about community resources that offer assistance for those in need.


What is the program goal?

The overall goal of this interprofessional education event is to bring together students, faculty, people in the community and representatives from local organizations to begin a dialogue addressing challenges faced daily by the many who live with disparity in our community. We hope to foster interprofessional collaboration among participants as we explore coordinated community outreach and access to social and health services.


discussion group photoWhy participate?

  • Experience through simulation the challenges of living with limited resources
  • Learn about the important role of safety net programs
  • Gain empathy and compassion towards those living with disparity
  • Reflect and discuss your thoughts and feelings in an interactive session
  • Explore how different professions can work collaboratively to reduce disparity

What should I expect?

As a participant, you will be assigned to a family unit given a set of life circumstances.  Your task is to work with your family members and survive given limited resources.  The simulation will transition into a large group debrief, designed to unpack the experience and begin a dialogue on how we can work together to address poverty and disparity that is so prevalent in our communities.


purchase simulationWhen and where is the event?

Saturday, September 23, 2017
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing,
Multipurpose Room
1710 Red River
Austin, TX 78701

Event time: 9 AM to Noon for participants; please arrive between 8:30 – 8:45 AM for role assignment.  Those joining us as volunteers must report by 8 AM for just-in-time training.

Parking: The School of Nursing is located on the southeastern edge of the University campus, on Red River St. Parking is available on Red River St. (metered parking) and the Trinity Parking Garage, located at the corner of Trinity St. and Martin Luther King Blvd.


Interested in volunteering for the event?  [Update:  All volunteer spots are filled.  Thanks everyone!]

The success of this simulation relies heavily on volunteers who will be part of the simulation working in public service positions.  We are seeking individuals with any level of experience dealing with or working with social programs, local organizations or health services to participate in this capacity at the simulation. As a volunteer, you will demonstrate the realities of how each basic service or support program impacts the lives of those underserved.  If you represent a community organization, you will have an opportunity to disseminate brochures/informational materials and discuss services provided by your agency at the end of the program.

Volunteers must arrive by 8 AM the day of event for just-in-time training.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at  texaspovertysimulation@gmail.com.


Questions? Contact us at:

Email: texaspovertysimulation@gmail.com


Online registration open now . . .

To sign-up as a participant:  please complete the free registration here.

Note:  Pharmacy students sign up through Pharmacy Council.

 

 


COLLEGE OF PHARMACY, THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

Sponsored in major part by the Allergan Foundation and the St. David’s Foundation.

Co-sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Dell Medical School.


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