The SALVERE Public Health Program was originally launched in 2012 as the SALVERE Pre-Nursing Public Health Program. The original cohort was made up of 15 students from The University of Texas at San Antonio. The feedback from the first year resulted in the expansion of the program. It was refocused to provide pre-health (medical, dental, nursing and public health) students the opportunity to shadow health professionals in the field while gaining an understanding of various aspects of public health, health education and the role health professionals play in addressing health literacy and health disparities. Health professionals are vital in increasing a patient’s health literacy and self-efficacy skills.
The participants are required to participate in public health focused educational sessions to gain an understanding of various aspects of public health/community health, health education and the role health professionals play in providing education to a patient. The curriculum is developed and taught by public health professionals. The topics of discussion include, but are not limited to, alternative lifestyles, cultural competency, Transgender/GLBTQ, personal hygiene, congestive heart failure, depression, diabetes, obesity and renal failure, among others. The program is held in collaboration with Universal Nursing Services and college level pre-health societies.
The re-launch of the SALVERE Public Health Program will be July 2015.