Who We Are
GHealth Austin is a UT sponsored student organization and a Dell Medical School initiative working to help GED students achieve their educational goals, increase their health literacy, and live healthier lives. We do this by teaching science topics from our original, health-focused GED science curriculum, which we’ve created using resources from the American Heart Association, UT’s Faculty Innovation Center, and the existing GED curriculum. Our curriculum incorporates hands-on activities for each topic to teach concepts in an engaging way. We are a group of 35 undergraduate students passionate about empowering GED students through education and health.
What We’re Fundraising For
We are seeking funding, in part, to purchase the materials needed for our Volunteer Educators (VEs) to conduct hands-on scientific activities throughout the Spring 2020 semester and in subsequent semesters. Hands-on activities help GED students deepen their understanding of otherwise-difficult topics and give them experience in collaborative learning, which is essential in college and many careers. Integrating these activities in the classes will help many kinesthetic and visual learners in the GED classes understand and share important health science concepts, helping students and their communities live healthier lives. In addition to hands-on activities, we are fundraising to help us organize a STEM Day. During this day we would bring GED students to the UT campus and organize activities to introduce them to the university environment and help encourage their transition from getting their GED to pursuing higher education.
The students enrolled in the LifeWorks’ High School Equivalency program use a GED workbook to learn all of the concepts for the GED exam and any higher education that they may pursue after. This workbook has brief, vague explanations and very few practice questions, making it hard for students (especially the many kinesthetic and visual learners in these classes) to develop an understanding of science concepts and apply them to their lives. Donors’ gifts will empower GED students to understand health science, pass their GED exams, and become catalysts for health in their communities. By donating, you're helping build a healthier Austin. Supplies like anatomical models help us teach body systems and address relevant health issues, like substance abuse and healthy nutrition. Sphygmomanometers help students understand the function of the cardiovascular system and address important health issues like blood pressure and hypertension. Activities focused on the respiratory system will give us an opportunity to discuss the adverse effects of smoking, an especially important topic to cover since research has shown that smoking rates among GED graduates are almost twice as high as among high school graduates. Donors' gifts will help GED students understand and retain information vital to their educational success and equip them to be catalysts for health in their families and communities; creating a multigenerational impact.
Many volunteer educators have had experiences in which they develop meaningful connections with the students, and through helping these students they learn and grow as individuals. One volunteer educator, while reflecting on her experiences in GHealth, stated “it feels good to see them bloom and blossom into self-sufficient students.” The work that volunteer educators are doing is not only impactful to the students, but also to themselves. Donors' gifts make these activities possible, allowing student volunteers to make a meaningful health and educational impact in their community.