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2009: From Extracurricular to Embedded

2010: CSL: Best Practices for Putting Ethics into Action

2011: Better Together: Academic-Community Partnerships to Improve Health

2012: Meeting the Social Mission: Health Science EducationThrough Community Collaborations

2013: The Power of the Peer Group: Promoting Healthy Behavior Change in the Community

2014: Health Literacy: A Prescription for Plain Language

2015: The Answer in Plain Sight: Can Positive Deviance Uncover Solutions to Community Challenges?

2016: Healing Begins Upstream

2017: Growing Resilient Communities

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11th Annual Community Service Learning (CSL) Conference


There is no cost to attend the conference, but registration is required.  Register by January 27, 2018 for lunch.  Eventbrite - 11th Annual CSL Conference: Health Where We Live


Deadline:  January 12, 2018 at 5PM
Click here to submit your abstract.

Students from UT Health San Antonio AND other UT Health Science institutions are encouraged to submit poster abstracts describing their Community Service Learning (CSL) projects.  CSL projects include: measurable objectives, a faculty mentor, a partnering community organization, student preparation and reflection.  The abstracts do not need to be related to the theme of the conference.

Abstracts will be reviewed by an interprofessional committee for selection.  You will be notified by email within 2 weeks regarding your poster acceptance.  If your abstract is accepted, the cost of your printing your poster will be covered at no cost to you, as long as you adhere to the provided printing guidelines (poster printing due Jan. 26).  The Poster Session takes place at the CSL Conference on February 3, from 1-2 PM at UT Health San Antonio's Holly Auditorium.

3 Blue Ribbon winners will be selected from the submitted abstracts.  A Judges' Choice Award will be selected during the Poster Session, with an accompanying cash prize!  

For information on writing a CSL Abstract, click here

Need help with your poster?  Bring your group, your poster file, and questions to:

Creating & Presenting Effective Poster Presentations Workshop

Thursday, January 18th, noon – 1 pm OR Monday, January 22nd, 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Library, Room 2.011



We are pleased to announce that Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD will be providing the keynote address at the conference.  Dr. Singh is the Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Chair of Health System Design & Global Health at Mount Sinai Health System.  He is the author of Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street-Level View of America's Healthcare Promise For a preview of Dr. Singh's presentation, click here.


Community service learning (CSL) is a structured learning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, mentorship and reflection.  Health Science Center students address community-identified needs while learning about the context in which illness develops, connecting their academic coursework to real-life situations, and reflecting on their roles as future healthcare professionals.

The Annual CSL Conference at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio originated in 2008 as an opportunity to learn from the CSL experiences of students, faculty, staff, and community partners in San Antonio and across Texas.  Each year, the conference focuses on a theme relevant to service-learning and hosts experts and guest lecturers, provides skill-building workshops, and showcases CSL projects through students’ poster presentations. 

Presented by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics in conjunction with an interprofessional planning committee, the conference is free and open to the community.  


1. To share best practices and scholarship in community service learning with a focus on innovative solutions to bridging the health care system with addressing health needs.

2. To bring together an interprofessional group of University of Texas (UT) Health Science Center students, faculty, and staff from across the state with community partners to foster service-learning collaborations.

3. To highlight existing UT Health Science System community service learning projects and future opportunities with community partners.

4. To recognize and reward excellence in community service learning within the UT Health Science System.


The location of the conference is UT Health San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78229.


If you are a student or employee of UT Health Science Center San Antonio, please park in your usual space.  If you are joining us from off campus, click here for parking directions.  There is no fee to park.



Registration Opens

AAB Foyer

8:15-8:45 Breakfast with Community Partners Holly Auditorium Foyer


Welcome / Opening Remarks


Holly Auditorium


Keynote:  Dying and Living in the Neighborhood: A Street Level View of America's Healthcare Promise

Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD, Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and Chair of Health System Design & Global Health, Mount Sinai Health System, author of Dying and Living in the Neighborhood

Holly Auditorium


PlenaryA City's Focus on Health and Equity

 Ana Sandoval, MS, MPH, San Antonio City Council District 7

Holly Auditorium


Networking with Community Partners / Book Signing by Dr. Prabhjot Singh

Holly Auditrorium Foyer





Workshop Breakout Sessions

*choose one session to attend*


Training a New Generation of Health Professionals to be Invested in their Communities

Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN, UT Health San Antonio

ALTC 301


From the Heart: The Work of the Promotor(a): Building Trust to Achieve Health in the Neighborhood

Martha Castilla, Promotora, Madonna Neighborhood Center and Carolina Gonzalez Schlenker, MD, MPH, UT Health San Antonio 

ALTC 302


Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and the Practice of Hope in Nicaragua: Using the CBPR Model to Take Action to Reduce Health Inequities

 Laura Chanchien Parajon, MD, MPH, AMOS Health and Hope

ALTC 303


Networking Lunch

ALTC 304


CSL Poster Session with Dessert Reception

Holly Auditorium Foyer

Agenda subject to change.

No continuing education credits are available for this conference.




Pharmacotherapy Division, College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin 

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, San Antonio Regional Campus

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio:

  • Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics
  • Dental School
  • Office of the President
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Medicine Alumni Association