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 simulation, scheduled for Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Austin.

What is the “Poverty Simulation”?

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is a unique, interactive experience designed to help participants re-think poverty and dialogue on ways to address disparity in our communities.  Participants will explore the realities of living with a small budget, limited time, and high stress by role-playing either as familial units challenged by a specific set of circumstances, or as members of the community providing basic services such as utility and housing.


What is the program goal?

The overall goal of this interprofessional learning event is to bring together students, faculty, individuals 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 volunteer for the simulation?

  • Experience through simulation the challenges of living with limited resources
  • Gain empathy and compassion towards those living with disparity
  • Learn about community resources
  • Rethink Poverty” . . . encourage exploration on how we can collaborate to more effectively provide person-centered and community-oriented services and support for those living in disparity

For those whom living with disparity is a daily reality, your perspectives and suggestions on collaborative efforts are invaluable to the simulation and advancing this dialogue among participants.


What should I expect?

You will be assigned to one of two roles:  1) as a family member, or 2) as a community worker providing basic services needed in a community (e.g., banker, school teacher, supermarket staff, etc.).

If you are assigned to a family unit, your task is to work with your family members and survive given limited resources.

If you are assigned to be a community worker, you will function as if you were an employee for the assigned role (e.g., banker, school teacher, supermarket staff, etc.)

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.


When and where is the event?

Saturday, February 15, 2020
Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702 (Building 8500 – Multipurpose Room)

All attendees must register for the event.

Event time: Two simulations will be conducted.  Your arrival time depends on the role you are assigned.

Morning simulation (9 AM to noon): 

  • If you are assigned to be a family member participant:  arrive between 8:30-8:45 AM for role assignment
  • If you are assigned to be a community worker volunteer:  arrive by 8 AM for just-in-time training

Afternoon simulation (1:30 to 4:30 PM: 

  • If you are assigned to be a family member participant:  arrive between 1:00-1:15 PM for role assignment
  • If you are assigned to be a community worker volunteer:   arrive by 12:30 PM for just-in-time training

Parking: Parking is available on campus at ACC Eastview. Participants and volunteers may park in any spots designated as “student parking.”

Registration:  All attendees must register for the event.

 


Interested in volunteering to participate in the simulation? 

Contact us at texaspovertysimulation@gmail.com.  Let us know if you are interested in the AM or PM simulation or both.  Space is limited so we appreciate your flexibility.

 


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 UT Austin’s School of Nursing, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, and Dell Medical School; Austin Community College Health Sciences Division; and Texas AHEC East – Capital Region


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