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, October 5, 2019 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 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 participate?

  • Experience through simulation the challenges of living with limited resources
  • Gain empathy and compassion towards those living with disparity
  • Reflect and discuss your thoughts and feelings in an interactive session
  • 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 realty, your perspectives and suggestions on collaborative efforts are invaluable to the simulation and advancing this dialogue among participants.

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, October 5, 2019
Austin Community College Eastview Campus, 3401 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX 78702 (Building 8500 – Multipurpose Room)

Event time: Two simulations will be conducted.

Morning simulation:  9 AM to Noon for participants; please arrive between 8:30-8:45 AM for role assignment.  Volunteers must report by 8 AM for just-in-time training.

Afternoon simulation:  1:30 to 4:30 PM for participants; please arrive by 1:00-1:15 PM for role assignment.  Volunteers must report 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:  Attendees must register for the event.


Interested in participating in the simulation? 

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


Interested in volunteering for the event? 

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 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 for the morning simulation or by 12:30 PM for the afternoon simulation for just-in-time training.  Morning volunteers will be at the simulation from 8-noon. Afternoon volunteers will be there from 12:30-4:30.  A light breakfast will be provided for AM volunteers.  Lunch will be available for the PM volunteers.

Volunteers must register for the event.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at



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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